ASI Pool Plastering


Pool Renovation Process Outline

1. SIGN CONTRACT AND SCHEDULE START OF THE PROJECT

  • Contract

    Once you decide to go ahead with your swimming pool renovation we will need a signed contract to get things started. You can either fax the signed contract (770-491-6272) or schedule a time for an ASI representative to come by and pick it up personally.
  • Color Choices

    Color choices for each phase are not required at this point but you cannot be placed on the schedule permanently until we receive these. We can tentatively place you on the schedule but if we don’t get color choices in time your slot will have to be filled. We will make every effort to accommodate you but some colors may need to be special ordered, so some lead time is to be expected.
  • Scheduling

    Once all color choices are in we can schedule your project and get you back to swimming quickly! Typical project lengths are from 7-14 days, depending on material availability, time of year, and scope of work.

2. DRAIN POOL

  • Home Visit

    On this day an ASI representative will come out to your home. First he will test your light to see if it currently functions or not. Remember to not turn on light when not submerged in water. Then we will turn off your system at the breaker to prevent accidental initiation of pool equipment. Finally the representative will place a submersible pump in the water to drain the pool.

3. DEMO DAY

  • Removal

    The next step is the removal of coping and tile (if coping and tile are being replaced) and prep of the swimming pool
  • Loud & Dusty

    This will be the loudest and dustiest phase of the renovation process. We take care to protect all of your property and leave it the same if not cleaner than when we arrived. That being said you should expect a little bit of a mess at this point. Please be patient during this phase and remember that we will not be satisfied until you are.
  • Preparation

    This phase also includes prep for new plaster Prep includes:
  • VGB Work

    This phase of the project will also be when any necessary VGB work is done.

4. TILE/ COPING INSTALLATION

  • Beginning

    At this point our tile crews will come in and begin to install your new tile and coping choices. The tile will be applied first followed by the coping.
  • Taking Shape

    At this point you will begin to see your project taking shape!
  • Debris

    The tile crew will leave a lot of debris and mess down the walls of the pool. Do not be alarmed this is normal and will be covered with the new plaster.
  • Stone Coping

    When installing stone coping there will be a lot of dust and debris on the deck. We take pride in trying to keep the work area as clean as possible but some mess is unavoidable. We will clean up after the coping is installed.
  • Mastic Set Up

    We will install a true expansion joint between the existing deck and the new coping using a plywood expansion joint material. This joint will be caulked with a color choice that closely matches the deck or coping. This Urethane based caulk will be installed after the pool has been plastered to prevent damage to the new mastic.

5. BOND COATING

  • Bond Coating

    The final step once the tile and coping are installed is the application of the bond coating.
  • Rough Texture

    Bond coat is applied to the pool to ensure the new material has a good surface to bond to. Plaster has a very smooth surface which doesn’t give the new plaster much to grab on to. The application of an epoxy based bond coat leaves a good rough texture that allows the new plaster to grab onto and form a solid bond preventing future delamination.
  • Previous Pebble

    Pools that previously had a pebble finish don’t require a bond coat because they have more texture for the new plaster to grab onto. However in many instances we will apply a bond coat to the walls because it makes the plastering process a little easier.
  • Multicoat Scratch Coat 2000

    ASI uses multi coat scratch coat 2000 which is considered to be the industry standard by all top-tier plaster companies.

6. PLASTER DAY

  • Plaster Surface

    The final and most dramatic step is the application of your new plaster surface. The crew will arrive either first thing in the morning, or soon after lunch. They will immediately cover the deck and any other areas that need to be protected during the plaster process.
  • Application Process

    Depending on the size of the pool, the application process typically takes between 5-7 hours.
  • Patience

    We ask that you please be patient with any mess that is created on plaster day and refrain from stopping crew while they are working.
    • During the plastering process the surface undergoes many transformations. There are stages where the surface will not look like the final product, DO NOT FRET! Since most finishes have exposed aggregates, the materials are troweled many times to compact the aggregate and tighten the matrix. The extra cement will come to the surface and will be washed away.
    • You will likely notice the crew moving around your pool quite rapidly once the plaster process has begun and that is because there is only so much time to work the material and make your pool look its best.
    • For this reason the crew may delay cleaning something up until after the plaster is set.
    • Don’t fret, the colored plaster is not like paint and can be cleaned off of most surfaces fairly easily.
    • We appreciate your enthusiasm and welcome questions but remember the more time you tie up a crew member asking questions the less time they can spend attending to your pool and making it look beautiful.
  • Starting the Hose

    If your finish does note require an acid wash, a hose will be started in the pool before the crew leaves.
    • It is the homeowner’s responsibility to monitor the water level.
    • It is important that the water run nonstop until the pool is full. If you stop the water filing, there is the potential to create a ring stain in the finish that is extremely difficult to remove.
    • Once the water level reaches the middle of the waterline tile, you can turn the water fill off.
  • Surface Area

    Remember it is important to keep children and animals off of the new surface during this time. You may see ASI employees walking on the surface but do not assume you can safely navigate it yourself. They know where it is safe to walk and what areas may still be susceptible to footprints or damage.

7. ACID WASH

  • Starting the Acid Wash

    If your pool finish requires an acid wash a crew will come the next day to complete this phase and start the water.
  • Acid Wash

    The term acid wash tends to scare people when in fact it’s likely not at all what you are imagining.
  • Crew Application

    The crew will apply diluted muriatic acid to the entire surface of the pool to remove any slurry haze and to give the aggregate one last bit of exposure.
  • Stay Indoors

    We recommend keeping animals, kids and yourselves indoors or away from the pool during this process.
    • While it is not life threatening the fumes that rise up after the reaction of the acid to the plaster can cause significant irritation to eyes and lungs if directly inhaled.
    • We know you are eager to see the final product, we simply ask you stay inside or away from the pool until the acid phase is completed.
  • Ask Your Technician

    Feel free to ask your acid wash technician to let you know when it is ok to come outside and they will gladly oblige.