How to re-fibreglass a swimming pool

With more and more people turning to fibreglass as a pool finisher of choice, it has become imperative for every pool owner to understand the process of how to re-fibreglass a swimming pool. The processes of redoing a pool shell or finish and the process of actually converting a concrete, marbelite or gunite pool to a fiberglass finish are essentially the same.

Fiberglass is a stickler for smartness and will not achieve the best of results in terms of bonding if the pool surface is dirty. As such, whether its re-fiber or new fiber, the surface has got to be clean. The first stage is always to sand down the pool. This is done until all dirt and grime are gotten rid of. The cleaning also helps to give a proper assessment of the pool areas that might need closer attention and possibly fixing.

Once the pool is clean, the next thing to do will be to cut a groove just underneath the coping stones. This grove is where the fiberglass will be tucked in so that it can look smart and will not cut people on the top edge. Once that is done, the pool is cleaned again.

At this point we can now start laying our fiber mat. The mat comes in either 300 or 400 gsm. Small pieces of the mat are cut, a generous dollop of white resin is applied to the pool surface, the pieces are stuck on top of the resin and more resin is applied on top of the pieces. The process goes on until the entire pool is finished.

The pool is left to dry out for a couple of hours. Once it is dry, the pool is then sanded down again until a smooth finish is achieved. During this smoothening, some areas will inevitably be over-sanded. The expert will go to these areas and stick pieces of fiber mat again with the resin. The pool is then sanded down again.

Fiberglass mosaics are a feature that grabs the attention of a looker because of their beauty. Fibreglass boasts a huge number of different types of mosaics, spoiling the pool owner for choice. Once the swimming pool has been sanded down for the last time, the mosaics are now stuck just under the copings with clear resin. This is a very quick process and the mosaic sets quickly in the clear resin. The pool is lightly sanded again to remove any clear resin that has fallen to the sides and floor.

The topcoat, the one that gives colour to our newly installed fiberglass, will now be applied. There are primarily only sky blue and white fibreglass paints. However, one can acquire tints to regulate white paint through to black and sky blue paint through to dark blue. This paint also acts as a water-resistant finish for the fibreglass.

Once all these processes are completed. The pool is left to air-cure for a couple of days. After that, the water is poured in and its happy swimming.

Fiberglass definitely gives your pool a ‘super-cool’ finish. The smoothness does not allow for dirt and algae to stick and so ultimately uses less chemicals. Several people are now converting their current finishes to fibreglass.

While it sounds easy to do, to re-fibreglass a swimming pool or to conver a different finish to fibreglass can be a daunting task for a client to do it by themselves. Fiberglass chemicals can be risky to health during installation and the mat itself is itchy as hell. This is why is important to call specialists to do this for you.

Trademen swimming pool contractors are always on call 24/7 and will be most happy to do this for you at most affordable prices and with the best of material.


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