Avoiding Plaster Dust: Its No Good!

For over fifty years, the vast majority of contractors, plasterers, and service people have presumed that plaster dust (that frequently develops during the initial two weeks after plastering) is regular, inevitable, and okay. However, newer studies have proven that plaster dust should be avoided.

Although plaster dust is a standard thing when it comes to new plaster pools, it’s not an ideal thing to have. What exactly is plaster dust made of? It’s formed from dissolved calcium from the brand new plaster surface. And when you see a loss of material from that surface then that surface isn’t as smooth, dense, and long-lasting as it should be.

There are 3 variables that can cause this sort of dust to occur: lousy plaster, aggressive fill water, and putting water in the pool before its ready. Any one of these negative variables can create plaster dust. What makes it worse is when multiple negative variables are found, or the more a variable is abused, the more dust is formed.

The existence of plaster dust – even though it is now accepted as “ordinary” – is a huge sign that there is a less-than-perfect pool surface. A pool that dusts is definitely not in perfect shape. Removing plaster dust should be the aim of anyone and everyone. Appropriate plastering, sufficient fill delay, and correctly prepared fill water chemistry makes sure that the pool owner is going to have lasting, quality pool plaster without discolorations.

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