Application and After Care
For each batch of the Hydra Product surface material mix:
Hydra Product – 12 bags (600 lbs)
Quality Portland of your choice – 5 bags (500 lbs)
Pozzolan – ¼ bag
Rag Wash Finish
With each Hydra Product finish, there is no need for acid wash of surface after troweling for exposure of colored quartz. Instead, during the final troweling, use the trowel to scrape and remove most of the cream/fat and scrape it off into a bucket (removing as much fat/cream as possible). Next use damp rags to remove and even out the remaining light layer of cream/fat that is left. Once this step is finished you can start the water filling the swimming pool. We recommend you wrap a rag around the end of the hose and tape it secure with an empty, sealed plastic bottle for buoyancy. The end of the hose should be placed so that it reaches the bottom of the deepest part of the pool or the main drain. As the water fills the bottle will allow for the hose to rise so the pressure of the water does not over expose.
Homeowner or client should let the water fill until the level is half way up the tile line then turn off the water. Once pool is filled with water to the operational level, add one gallon of muriatic acid per 2,500 gallons of water and brush the entire surface of the pool. Continue to brush the pool daily until all plaster dust is gone (will usually take a minimum of four (4) days). Next neutralize the water and balance the water chemistry (see pool chemistry tips below) and run the pool equipment as usual. Automatic cleaners can be returned to the pool a week after the Hydra Product surface is applied. Be sure the rubber on the wheels are in good working order so as not to scrape or leave unsightly marks on the surface.
See our Youtube Channel and the videos below for a demonstration of the process
Pool Chemistry Tips
- Always balance Total Alkalinity first, reading should be 90-100ppm
- Make sure pH level is 7.2 - 7.4
- Free chlorine is the one that kills the bacteria and impurities in the pool
- Combined chlorine is chloramines which is the chlorine waste that is not effective and can prevent the free chlorine from effectively working. When Combined Chorine is high, shocking the pool is necessary
- Make sure Calcium Hardness is 200-400 ppm
- High calcium hardness level scales plaster and plumbing
- Buffers (slows down) chlorine reaction with water impurities
- 25-50 ppm Cyanuric reading is generally regarded as good
- When Cyanuric reading is high, dilute water (partially or completely drain pool and refill)
- Use a scale prevention monthly to prevent scale build up on plaster
- Use phosphate inhibitor weekly to control algae food source
- Use a metal remover prevention to prevent metals in water that stain
Note: Use of phosphate inhibitor allow the chlorine to work on other bacteria and impurities rather than algae making a more sanitary pool.