Diamond Brite

Looking for high quality, but low cost Diamond Brite services in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and surrounding areas? Look no further, here at First Choice Pool & Spa we are committed to bring you the Best finish, all you add is the perfect setting. There’s more to a great pool finish than meets the eye. A great pool finish is durable, comfortable, easily maintained and pleasing to the eye.Diamond Brite is all that and more. Diamond Brite combines natural quartz aggregates, polymer-modified cement and on-fading Diamond Quartz in a stunning variety of colors. The result is a unique finish that stands up to the harshest pool environments while providing years of enjoyment.

1. Drain Pool: Pool will be Drained by an electric big heavy duty Pump and this water must be dumped in an area within 100 feet of the pool. The prep crew will select a convenient area unless you request otherwise.
2. Pressure Release: This is the process used to remove water pressure from under the pool. If this is not done sever damage will be done to the pool. The process involves removing the plug inside the main drain pot. An electric pump will be placed either in this opening or a pipe left by the pool builder. Water will then be removed from under the pool thus relieving the pressure.
3. Undercut tile, plumbing, fitting, lights, etc.: Exclusive double cut process. Our well-trained prep crew will make one cut directly under the tile and a second cut about 2” below the first. Similar cuts will be made around lights and fittings. The cuts will be about ½” deep. Material between the two cuts will be removed with special chipping hammers. Hydraulic cement is then used to coat the skimmer area, outlet area and light niche area to prevent future leaks that might occur. This process is on one of the MOST IMPORTANT procedures, ensuring a proper installation of the fish you chose. Many companies do not do the double cut process and the final job quality will be compromised.
4. Remove loose and rotted surface: The prep crew will also sound out the existing pool wall and floor surface. This process will detect any areas that may be loose and soft. As with painting, all bad existing surfaces must be removed. Typically pools will have no more than 10% of their entire surface removed. We will do our best to determine the extent of this removal. On rare occasions some areas are not seen until the pool is empty. In these rare occasions a small additional charge will be required to cover the cost to remove and fill in with extra material. On some pools, sandblasting may be required.
5. Replace Fitting: We will replace the return fitting in your pool. In very rare instances, occurring with older pools the return fittings needed for a proper fit are no longer made. We will try to reuse the old fitting if possible.
6. Acid wash and neutralize: The process of acid washing will remove any contaminants that will interfere with the bonding of the Bond Coat. Acid also etches the surface creating a rough surface that will facilitate a stronger bond.
7. Apply Bond Coat: The Bond Coat material is an acrylic modified cement and sand mixture. The two-part material, one part resin and one part bonding cement is mixed together and then rolled onto the pool wall and floor. The Bond Coat will cover the entire pool and will ensure the bond of the new DIAMOND BRITE finish.
8. Apply Diamond Brite: We confidently install Diamond Brite Exposed Aggregate.
9. Finish is put on with two coats: The pool finish is installed to an average thickness of 3/8” To achieve this thickness two coats are used. The first coat is called the “scratch.” This first coat is the base for the second coat to stick to. The second coat is the fish coat and is needed to achieve the proper thickness. The coats are put on quickly as there should be minimum drying time between coats.
10.Exposure of Diamond Brite: This is another very important process. There are two ways to expose DIAMOND BRITE. One way is the inexperienced way of acid washing or what is called the “Burn.” This process is done after the final drying time has occurred. In order to do this procedure, about 16 gallons of acid is used. The acid is applied to the entire surface material then discharged. WARNING: THIS PROCESS CAUSES PREMATURE FAILURE OF THE MATERIAL ALONG WITH STREAKS, BLOTCHINESS and ROUGHNESS. The proper way to expose DIAMOND BRITE is to hand wash using specifically designed brushes. Before the Diamond Brite is completely cured, we hand wash the surface area and then discharge the residue or “past.” This process is very unique and takes a very experienced crew to achieve this level of DIAMOND BRITE application. At Premier, all of our crew hand water wash our pools leaving the pool with a picture perfect appearance for many years to come.
11. Treat Water Prior to Fill Up: Water is chemically treated prior to fill up with a commercial grade sequestering agent to remove all impurities from the water, preventing stains and metal deposits to form. If the supply water used to fill the pool is from a well, a carbon tank will be used. We do not recommend using well water it makes more treatment and a carbon tank must be used very hard to balance the water.
12. Balance Chemicals: Once the pool is full we will send a trained water technician to balance the chemicals in your pool. We will add chemicals to balance water, stabilizer, chlorine and acid will be added. The pool pump will be restarted.