Installation - MicroGlass

Industry Leading Pool Finish Protection.

Follow the instructions below to ensure impressive results with MicroGlass…

MicroGlass works on NEW PLASTER installations (for new pools and existing pools) as well as EXISTING PLASTER. The application procedures are similar for both, but there are some differences in surface prep, so be sure to follow the instructions carefully for your particular situation.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW OR RE-PLASTERED POOLS & SPAS

NEW SURFACE PREP

Step 1: Select Finish Type below

Exposed Quartz & Exposed Pebble

Exposed Polished Finish

Smooth Troweled White Plaster 
Or Non-Exposed White Quartz

Smooth Troweled Colored Plaster or Non-Exposed Colored Quartz (With Calcium Chloride)

Exposed Quartz (White or Colored) & Exposed Pebble (White or Colored)

New Polished Finish (White Or Colored)

Smooth Troweled White Plaster 
Or Non-Exposed White Quartz

Smooth Troweled Colored Plaster or Non-Exposed Colored Quartz (With Calcium Chloride)

If no whitening occurs

If whitening occurs, additional water cure required.

Note: 24-hour water cure not required for colored exposed pebble, polished, or quartz finishes with Calcium Chloride that undergo acid-wash exposure.

MICROGLASS APPLICATION

Gently agitate MicroGlass. Do not dilute. Apply with low-pressure sprayer using fine mist fan-nozzle.

Apply at least two fine-mist coats of MicroGlass (Coverage: 300-400 sq. ft. per 1 Gal.). Let product penetrate on each coat. Once surface is dry to touch, complete second coat. A third spot-coat may be applied to quickly absorbed areas only. Avoid over-applying to ensure absorption and prevent surface whitening or glazing (which is correctable with light underwater sanding or acid wash).

Before MicroGlass dries, use a 1.5” absorbent roller to back-roll the area. This ensures even application, reduces runs and glazing. For low-lying spots, spread pooled product with the roller. Absorb excess MicroGlass with a dry sponge or roller and dispose.

Use a clean cloth to wipe tile, fittings, lights, or any metal before MicroGlass dries. If the cloth becomes soaked with MicroGlass, rinse it well with water. Squeeze out the excess water and continue wiping the surfaces.

DRYING, FILLING AND CLEANING EQUIPMENT

Allow surface to adequately dry according to drying table below.

Drying Note 1: High humidity areas add 25% drying time.

Drying Note 2: With smooth troweled plaster or quartz pools, extended MicroGlass drying minimizes plaster dust. MicroGlass reduces craze cracking yet balance dry time with pool empty duration and craze cracking risk, especially in windy conditions.

TEMP (ºF)

DRYING TIME (hours)

91 & Above

2- 3

90 – 80

3 - 6

79 - 61

6

60 – 45

12

44 & Below

N/A Do Not Apply

High humidity areas add 25% drying time

Rinse Sprayer, Roller, and Rags with clean water.

Ensure surface is dry before filling begins. Startup pool and balance water chemistry.

NOTE: With smooth troweled plaster or quartz pools, extended MicroGlass drying minimizes plaster dust. Consider letting the finish dry overnight. MicroGlass reduces craze cracking yet balance dry time with pool empty duration and craze cracking risk, especially in windy conditions.

TIP #1 APPLICATION

Working in 5 ft. wide sections, lightly spray in left/right and right/left motion while working down the wall. Slightly overlapping spray pattern is permissible. After back-rolling the pool finish and wiping tile and fittings, proceed to the next 5 ft. wide section until all walls and stairs receive the first coat.

Next, apply a first coat to pool floors. Once the pool finish is dry to touch, apply a second coat to pool walls, stairs, and floor as described above. 
On average, two thin coats of MicroGlass is sufficient, however a more porous finish may require additional coats. For larger Commercial or Residential projects, it is advised that one applicator sprays the MicroGlass while one or more follow with rollers and clean cloth for wiping tile and fittings.

TIP #2 SURFACE NEUTRALIZATION

The pool surface must be neutralized following any acid wash, acid exposure, or use of muriatic acid-free cement remover. Failure to the neutralize the surface will result in poor MicroGlass performance and surface whitening.

To neutralize surface:

1) Place first pump in bottom of clean 32–45-gallon trash can. Place trash can on pool slope.
2) Place second pump in main drain to discharge water from the pool.
3) Add 9 pounds sodium bicarbonate to the trash can while filling with fresh water. Use the discharge hose to recirculate the sodium bicarbonate solution into the trash can until mixed.
4) Discharge sodium bicarbonate solution from the trash can onto the pool walls, steps, floors, and shelves starting from above the tile.
5) Once water level in trash can is 20% full, repeat step 3 to make more neutralization solution.
6) Make sure all walls and floors are covered with the solution 2-3 times.
7) You must pressure wash tile, walls, steps, shelves and floors to remove bicarbonate film.
8) Discharge all remaining liquid from bottom of pool with sump pump.

FOR EXISTING POOL FINISHES

SURFACE PREPARATION FOR EXISTING POOLS & SPAS

Drain and prepare surface to remove stains, calcium deposits/scale, calcium nodules (if any).

For scale or deposits, use acid wash, neutralization, or polishing/sanding. Polishing can also smooth rough pool finishes before MicroGlass application. After any acid wash, a sodium bicarbonate rinse and pressure wash are essential (See How To Neutralize Tip Above)

Fix open cracks or cosmetic damage (chips, spalling) before applying MicroGlass

Return to Step 2 Above for MicroGlass Application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pool finishes significantly compromised (porous, soft, flaking, excessive rock loss) might not benefit from MicroGlass. In such cases, resurfacing may be preferable. Apply MicroGlass on replastered surface.

PRECAUTIONS: Do not apply below 45ºF (7.22ºC). MicroGlass may be slippery while drying. For new smooth colored plaster treated with calcium chloride, see Note in STEP 1. Ensure all tile, aluminum, stainless steel, glass, lights etc. are wiped with a dry cloth before product dries. Always test MicroGlass on a small section of pool surface for application rate/ penetration and ensure desired effect of finish and color.

A Note On Color Finishes & Chloride-Based Set Accelerators

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