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A marcite plaster pool interior is a time-tested, durable pool finish, superior to any paint or fiber-tech finish. Brush all areas of the pool surface DAILY for the first 10 days after the pool is filled for the first time. You should continue with weekly brushings for the first year. The cleaning action of an automatic cleaner is NOT adequate. You need to use a brush! To maintain long term beauty and integrity of your marcite plaster finish, please give careful attention to the instructions detailed in the POOL CARE GUIDE from Artistic Pools during the first year.
Maintain the pH between 7.4-7.8 at all times. Your pH is likely to increase as the plaster cures during the first year. Check pH at least twice weekly and adjust if necessary. Have your water professionally checked for Total Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness and Metals monthly! Be sure to follow normal chlorinating and shock procedures as detailed in the POOL CARE GUIDE from Artistic Pools.
Covering your pool at the end of your first season requires special attention to avoid potential scaling and staining to the pool’s surface. We recommend having Artistic Pools close your new pool after the first year to help prevent scaling and staining. The procedure includes bringing the pH to 7.4-7.8. Be sure to remind your pool-closing technician that you have a new plaster finish so they will take these precautions. You will also need to check the pH monthly and adjust if necessary.
Marcite plaster is not intended to be a slick finish. It is designed to provide you with a non-slip, long lasting pool interior. A plaster finish is not perfect or flawless. You will be able to see some indications of its “hand troweled” workmanship. The plaster mix normally has some small speck of other colors. An underwater light will magnify the trowel marks and cast shadow, giving the bottom a “wavy” appearance, This is a normal effect on all plastered pools. It is normal for some small “check cracks” to appear in the plaster surface. These do not represent any deterioration in the integrity of the plaster nor will they cause any water leakage. Your plaster surface may naturally have some “streaks” or “blotches,” A perfect, uniform all white surface cannot be obtained with plaster. It is also normal for some mild discoloration to appear in parts of the pool as it ages. A mild acid wash of the plaster surface will generally remove most discoloration and stains that may build up over time. Please contact Artistic Pools for more details. Never drain your pool without professional supervision. The drying effect of air and sun can cause extensive damage to the plaster. Likewise, your pool is subject to extensive damage due to “floating” any time your pool is drained.
Though your pool will become your aquatic playground and provide countless hours of relaxation and pleasure, keep in mind that it is always a potential source of danger. You should always observe the following safety tips when you, your family and guests are in and around your pool.