UPDATED: Jan 03, 2020.
Diamond Brite pool finish is a polish blend that has gained popularity over the last couple of years. Many pool professionals recommend this finish because of its ability to resist pool chemicals. It also makes it easier to maintain your swimming pool.
Additionally, algae and other microorganisms have a rough time sticking on this surface and even when they do, you can easily scrape them without any hassle. Despite its many benefits, it still has some issues, just like all other plaster materials.
Therefore, we want to look at diamond brite pool finish problems so you can have an idea of what to expect from this finish.
Note that its problems often originate from the plaster which often develops wear or problems over time.
The scale is a common problem that you can experience with your diamond brite finish. This issue arises due to the hard water that has a lot of chemicals. Any slight chemical reaction between the minerals and water bonds these particles, usually magnesium and calcium, to the plaster.
That makes patches, called scale, to appear on your diamond brite finish. Although you can’t easily get rid of scale, you can use soft water in your pool and replastering can solve the problem.
This is similar to scale, but it occurs due to the condition of your pool’s water. For instance, acidic water can easily lead to pockmarks or rough surfaces in the diamond brite finish or in the plaster. Additionally, a discoloration might occur and the plaster might turn beige,
Many people think that it is because of algae, but it’s due to low pH level of the water – it eats the plaster away gradually. Furthermore, the materials in the plaster itself can cause the acidic environment.
Your diamond brite can also develop small cracks, known as checking or crazing. These are small, hard to see cracks and aren’t common. They are usually caused by some situations when the finish is first curing, like extreme weather condition.
They often grow overtime but rarely endanger the finish of your pool and the structure. Since these cracks are on the surface, you can easily hire a professional to acid wash or patch them.
4. Bond Failure
Bond failure arises when the plaster doesn’t hold to the finish which it needs to be attached to. Although rare, the plaster might fail to bond with the diamond brite finish.
These cases are common when replastering, where the plaster refuses to attach to a previous plaster or a finish that doesn’t provide the ideal hold. You can easily solve this problem by eradicating all the plaster and then patch the spot – be careful since some structural issues might arise.
5. Worn Away
Finally, your swimming pool condition can gradually wear the diamond brite finish over time. This is evidence since the finish will develop grayish or dark spots.
Those are some of the most common diamond brite pool finish problems that you might come across. They are easy to solve and you can be assured that your finish will last for decades.