The Replaster Process

Know What to Expect During Your Pool Replastering in Houston

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Keep Your Pool in Top Condition With Pool Replastering

Over time, the water-tight seal on your pool can start to break and crack, putting your entire pool at risk for damage and other problems. When that happens, it’s time to contact the pool replastering experts at Express Pool Plastering & Repairs in Houston. Learn more about the replaster process and contact our team to get a free quote on your replastering or repair project.

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Not sure if your pool needs to be replastered? It’s time to replaster if:

  • The plaster is peeling away, revealing the gunite or underneath layer of your pool

  • The floor or sides of your pool feel rough or uncomfortable while you’re swimming or walking

  • The minerals in the water have stained the plaster

  • You want to change the appearance or aesthetic of your pool (i.e., tiling your pool)

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Understanding the Process

When it comes to your pool, don’t put off your repairs any longer! Instead, trust the experts to replaster and repair your pool so you can get back to lounging in the sun. Learn more about what you can expect when you hire us to replaster or remodel your pool.

As part of our process, any other work to be done on the pool, including tile or equipment that is listed on your contract, will be done prior to the pool being plastered. Usually, the pool will be plastered within 48 hours of the completion of the pre plaster inspection. For more information about our process, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Express Pool Plastering & Repairs.


To start, we need to remove the existing plaster or pool finish. We’ll use a saw cut with a diamond masonry blade to undercut the tile line to preserve the existing swimming pool tile, unless new tile is being installed. Then the old pool tile is removed. We then check for loose plaster, which determines if we need to remove the plaster down to gunite or if we can bond coat the surface of the pool. While a bond coat is the preferable way to prep your pool for plaster, sometimes the old surface is in such poor condition that all the old plaster has to be chipped off. All plaster chips and waste material will be cleaned up and hauled away.

If the pool cannot be bond coated, we use air-driven handheld chipping tools to remove the existing plaster down to the original gunite in a narrow band under the tile and around all penetrations of the plaster shell. The purpose of this is to give a smooth and even transition to where the new plaster meets the tile and other penetrations.

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When pool plastering is complete, our plaster crew will start filling the pool with water. It is important that a hose or more is available to fill the pool. A protective cloth will be placed on the end of the hose to prevent channeling the plaster. Hoses should not be allowed to whip or flail around in the pool and should be placed in the deep end. The pool “fill lines” should not be used until the water is within six inches of where the water comes into the pool. It’s important to make sure that the water isn’t shut off while the pool is filling.

When the water is about halfway up the tile line, the water should be shut off. If a spa is to be filled at the same time, it is important to turn the water off before it begins to flow over the dam wall into the pool (making sure water cannot leak through spa plumbing back into the pool). if there is any possibility of that happening, the spa should not be filled until pool is full.

It is also important that all irrigation sprinklers that may spray on exposed plaster are turned off during the pool filling sequence. Nothing should be added to the pool until it is finished filling, nothing should be dragged across the pool surface, and nobody should walk on the new plaster while it is filling with water. Your pool should fill in 24 hours.

If any part of this process creates a problem, make sure you contact our office at (281) 590-5656 for instructions or assistance.

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Now Your Pool Is Ready for Start-Up!

All material and labor provided by Express Pool Plastering & Repairs come with a two-year warranty on standard white plaster, a five-year applicator warranty on quartz, and a seven-year applicator’s warranty on pebble finishes. The warranty covers any defect of materials or workmanship (pop-ups or cracks) from the date the work was completed to the end of the warranty period and guarantees that plaster will be watertight and not peel, blister, or delaminate — provided that the pool structure remains sound.

Express Pool Plastering & Repairs in Houston is not responsible for damage to the surface caused by existing pool defects (weep holes & leakers), acts of God (serious and unforeseen weather conditions following completion of work), improper filling procedures, improper start-ups, or third party work. We will also provide pool owner-specific written instructions regarding pool startup and filling procedures to ensure that appropriate curing of plaster occurs and that the warranty is not voided.

Ready to get started with the pool plastering process? Contact Express Pool Plastering & Repairs today and we can get started on a free quote.

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The Replaster Process