AquaBright VS Traditional Pool Finishes


Traditional pool warranties require the pool owners to maintain detailed records proving they performed regular maintenance and kept the water chemistry in perfect balance over the life of the pool finish otherwise the warranty is null and void.That level of maintenance is even more crucial when it comes to cimentitious finishes as they will deteriorate from even mildly poor water chemistry so a balanced pH is crucial.

aquaBright is a pH neutral surface that can handle the normal variations in pool chemistry without adverse effects to the finish.

The aquaBRIGHT™ limited Warranty includes the following: Chemical resistance, Chalking resistance, will inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface, Crack resistance, Spall and delamination resistance, Stain (organic) resistance.

PH Neutral Service

The aquaBright finish is inert and does not react with the water treatment chemicals therefore when treatment is applied only the chemistry of the water itself is affected unlike plaster or other cementitious surfaces. Cementitious surfaces are safely sealed from water (chemical) contact below the aquaBRIGHT™ finish. Since no leaching of calcium occurs, the pH is much easier to balance.

A 1991 scientific research report published by the School of Building Construction at the University of Florida stated “The deterioration of marcite (plaster) has been found to be chemically related and due primarily to leaching of Calcium hydroxide (portlandite) from localized areas of pool plaster. Acidic pool water (pH less than 7.0) can wreak havoc on marcite and pool plumbing, resulting in etching and staining. Proposed solutions to control the damage aggressive water can produce include (1) paying careful attention to water chemistry to avoid unbalanced water conditions and (2) providing a chemically inert barrier between the pool water and the marcite surface.”

In 1991 there was no such barrier solution… Now there’s aquaBRIGHT™.

Use Less Chemicals

Savings of up to 40% in annual chemical consumption have been reported amongst commercial pool owners who have coated their pools with the aquaBright finish.

Since there is no chemical reaction between the water and the cementitious surfaces causing a constant shift in pH, a pool coated with aquaBRIGHT™ will use less chemicals

Easy Chemistry

With aquaBright the major cause of pH drift is eliminated so pool owners will find maintaining the proper pH and Chlorine levels a very easy task since the chemical balance of a aquaBright coated pool and one that is not coated is basically the same. Even the job of adding chemicals is easier, since now there is no reason to pre-dilute the acid by mixing with water prior to pouring into the pool.

Chemical resistant

As a test, Muriatic pool acid was poured directly onto the finish and it sat for approximately 10 minutes. After washing it off there was no visible evidence of the acid having any effect on the surface. This can be accomplished because aquaBRIGHT™ is manufactured from resin in the same base polymer family as the jugs storing pool chemicals. It is approved for installation in swimming pools and spas (heated up to 104° F), and is resistant to blistering, chalking, peeling, cracking, and other of signs of deterioration in normal use.

Stain resistant

aquaBRIGHT™ material is manufactured and processed into a fine powder that is applied by the EcoFinish thermal process. As the powder particles pass through the flame, they are heated and softened so that when they strike the pools surface they immediately adhere and flatten out onto the existing pool surface. As the process continues to apply material, the particles melt, flatten out, and join other melted particles to flow together to form a complete layer. There are no pores for algae, calcium, rust, or other staining agents to grab or imbed into. Most discoloration that would normally be a permanent stain in a plaster pool should easily brush off of aquaBRIGHT™.

aquaBright/EcoFinish stain resistant capabilities were put to the test when the owner of a winterized pool in the Northeast purchased a new winter cover, but it was delivered and installed in the wrong color. The supplier sent a person to install a different cover after several months had already gone by and the existing cover had accumulated rain water, leaves and other debris. The person doing the installation did not bother to pump out and clean the debris from the existing cover, but rather just slid the cover off and let all the biological soup sitting on top drop into the pool water. He then proceeded to install the new cover and the pool remained winterized for the next three months with all of the debris stewing within the pool. When it was opened in the spring, the pool was found to be full of a nasty brown sludge so thick that the bottom was not visible. After three days of work to clear the water, it became apparent that the entire aquaBRIGHT surface from the waterline down had a brown tinge that brushing alone would not remove. EcoFinish advised the use of Ascorbic Acid powder (vitamin C) poured down the walls. Within just a few minutes the aquaBRIGHT™ finish was clean and back to its original brilliant appearance throughout the pool.

Crack Resistance

aquaBright is made from an incredibly strong yet flexible polymeric material.

It has proven to be expandable up to 200% of its original form before it tears or ruptures making it one of the most reliable pool finish options in the market today.

It remains flexible, although at a lesser degree, even at very cold temperatures. Results of testing conducted over a Canadian winter in Ontario, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees below zero showed no detrimental effects to the aquaBRIGHT™ finish applied to two steel pool wall panels that were bolted together. No cracking was observed, even over the joined seam of the panels.

During installation, small craze cracks in an existing pool finish will be covered by the aquaBRIGHT™ finish. Larger cracks, including structural cracking are repaired by industry accepted methods such as epoxy injection, hydraulic cement, and/or staples, and then coated over during the normal aquaBRIGHT™ installation. Due to the flexibility of the finish, minor cracks which may continue to form should remain hidden below as the aquaBRIGHT™ stretches over the top. Cracks that do appear through aquaBRIGHT™ represent potentially serious structural issues, and may require that major repairs be completed on the pool. However, it will be much easier to repair and match aquaBRIGHT™ following the repairs than other finishes.

Color Uniformity

With aquaBright it’s not just about performance but also about appearance and durability, our installation process yields a very uniform color and pattern over the entire interior surface of the pool. The final appearance of the finish is how is will look for many years to come.

Even the darkest colors of aquaBRIGHT™ should not fade, mottle or noticeably change color over time.

Unlike cementitious materials with dyes added during mixing prior to installation, aquaBRIGHT™ pigments are encapsulated in the polymer resin during the manufacturing process, and therefore cannot react with the pool chemistry. Dyes that give plaster and other cementious finishes their color are continuously exposed to pool water chemistry on and below the surface, and the result can be a non-uniform color change that appears as patches or blotches of bleached out color. This is called mottling, and usually occurs over time, but has also become apparent almost immediately following the new finish start-up process. It is generally more prevalent and easier to distinguish with the darker dyed finishes.

Fade Resistance

In addition to using only exterior grade colored pigments, aquaBRIGHT™ is formulated to provide outstanding U.V. protection and color stability. Real world pool environment testing ranging from the frozen north to very hot desert climates has shown the aquaBRIGHT™ finish to be extremely fade resistant over time. Additionally, outstanding results from long duration QUV Accelerated Weathering Testing confirms the ability of aquaBRIGHT™ to withstand the affects of exposure to U.V. sunlight. We are confident that an aquaBRIGHT™ color finish applied to a pool’s surface should look vibrant and colorful for many years to come.

Scale Resistance

The aquaBRIGHT™ surface is neither chemically attractive to calcium, nor does it present a porous physical surface onto which calcium can adhere. Calcium that may have leached down onto the surface from a water feature is not well adhered, and can either be picked off, or removed using a “stain erasure” on the end of a brush handle.

Scale build-up on a pool’s surface is usually attributed to two factors; free calcium suspended in the water which attaches itself to the pool finish, or calcium leaching down onto the pool finish from water or rock features above the waterline. Water chemistry again plays a critical role in scaling due to free calcium, as a high pH will actually cause the free calcium to become chemically attracted to the cementitious finish. Regardless of the method of build-up, once deposited onto a cementitious finish the scale becomes chemically and physically bonded with the surface. Since the scale and the finish are both calcium based, they join and become one. Removal of the scale is only accomplished by acid washing the pool to chemically burn the calcium from the surface, which also removes some of the finish as well. Care must be taken not to over expose the finish to the acid, or too much of the finish will be removed leaving a rough gritty feeling surface.

Chip, Flake, Peel, Chalk Resistance