Where to Use MicroGlass
MicroGlass is a Pool Plaster Preservation
and Renewal System Unlike Any Other
Everyone loves the creative flexibility of gunite/concrete swimming pools, in large part because the plaster, quartz and pebble interiors are so stunningly beautiful. But the natural porosity of these interior finishes allow chemical reactions between the plaster and the pool water, which plays havoc with the water chemistry and pool maintenance. In many cases, these interactions will produce seriously undesirable effects in the finish, such as etching, spalling, micro-cracking, color loss, calcium nodule growth, and cloudy water from new plaster dust.
MicroGlass will work its magic in a multitude of places.
MicroGlass works beautifully on any CURED cementicious product, including aggregate and quartz-based pool plasters, concrete pavers, concrete coping, masonry and more.
However, MicroGlass is NOT recommended for any colored or pigmented cementicious product that has not yet properly cured. So if you have brand-new colored concrete pavers, or colored concrete coping, it will be wise to “quick-cure” the concrete before applying MicroGlass.
Builders & Plaster Contractors.
If you’re installing a new pool (or re-plastering an existing pool), MicroGlass is the perfect “final step” to:
- Permanently protect the plaster finish.
- Minimize / prevent micro-cracks.
- Greatly simplify the startup process.
- Protect against plaster-based pH and alkalinity swings.
- Produce cleaner, clearer water more quickly, with less work.
It’s also non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and easy to apply.
Upon application, MicroGlass interacts with and strengthens the fresh plaster, to immediately and permanently minimize the chemical reactions between the water and the cement material within the interior finish. The annoying “dusting” that typically occurs with a new plaster finish is virtually eliminated. And if staining occurs from water contaminants (iron etc.), it will be MUCH easier to remove, because the MicroGlass has no rough surfaces for the contaminants to adhere to.
Using incredibly small nanoparticles, the MicroGlass product will penetrate the tiny voids and capillaries in the pool plaster, and convert the Calcium Hydroxide into a glass-like silicate that strengthens, hardens and protects the plaster from chemical attack.
MicroGlass is recommended for ANY marcite, polished quartz, or pebble-based finish in a pool or spa, EXCEPT for freshly-troweled colored plaster. (That’s because normal smooth-troweled colored plaster must be cured underwater for at least 30 days before MicroGlass can be applied. Thus, you would have to drain the recently completed pool to apply MicroGlass, which we believe is not an environmentally-friendly approach.)
Note that if you had to drain a recently completed colored-plaster pool for any OTHER reason, that would be an ideal opportunity to apply MicroGlass. (MicroGlass works BEAUTIFULLY on colored plaster AFTER the plaster’s been properly cured.)
MicroGlass is an OUTSTANDING upgrade for any pool that is about to undergo an acid-wash process.
Your acid-wash will make the old plaster beautiful again, while the MicroGlass will harden, protect and extend the life of that plaster, just like it does for new plaster.
NOTE: An acid-washed plaster finish MUST be NEUTRALIZED with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or soda ash (sodium carbonate) before applying MicroGlass. (Read the instructions carefully before applying MicroGlass.)
MicroGlass will also simplify your ongoing maintenance of the pool, as the plaster-related pH swings will be virtually eliminated. Most pool technicians report a reduction in overall chemical usage also.
When is MicroGlass NOT recommended for existing plaster?
If the pool plaster is seriously damaged, and clearly due for replacement, MicroGlass won’t fix that. However, if there is still some usable life in the plaster, the MicroGlass treatment will give you noticeably more life than the simple acid-wash alone.
And while MicroGlass is NOT recommended for freshly-troweled smooth colored plaster, it is an EXCELLENT option for any colored plaster that is more than 30 days old.
Decks, Masonry, Hardscapes
Beyond The Pool
The “cement hardening” functionality of MicroGlass is not limited to swimming pool interior finishes. It will work on just about any product made with cement, including:
- Pool coping.
- Paver decks.
- Natural rock (especially softer rocks such as limestone, sandstone, etc.)
- All forms of masonry, including fireplaces, retaining walls, etc.
Check out our complete instructions for “How To Apply MicroGlass” here.
If you want to know whether MicroGlass can help with your particular “Beyond the Pool” application, just give us a call, and provide as much detail as you can about the material in question.