Florida Stucco Pool Finishes

Gem Finishes

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GEM FINISHES:

Factory blended with the highest quality selected colored quartz aggregates, white portland cement and proprietary additives to enhance strength, density, bonding and curing. A Gem Finish will yield a hard, long lasting surface highly resistant to stains and spot etching prevalent with traditional pool plasters. Exposure of the aggregate produces a safe, slip resistant surface that attains a compressive strength in excess of 3500 psi in 24 hours and exceeds 7000 psi in 28 days.

SURFACE PREPARATION:

For application over new gunite or shotcrete substrates, as well as properly prepared existing cement surfaces. All surfaces need to be free of foreign matter including dirt, grease, oil, dust, paint, fiberglass, loose material, etc. If an acid wash is used to rid the substrate of foreign matter, neutralize with a solution of soda ash and water.

If the project is a renovation, Florida Stucco's POOL PREP is an excellent preparation material to be used in conjunction with Gem finishes. Consult our specifications regarding POOL PREP for additional details.

Roughening the pool base cement surface provides a good basis for the mechanical bonding of the base to the Gem finish. Previously finished surfaces can be made suitable for re-finishing by sandblasting, hydro-blasting, or by applying acid. Existing plaster should be chipped away below the tile line for 2" - 4", and around return outlets, pool lights, and main drains.

MIXING PROCEDURE:

For best results use of a standard mixing machine is recommended. Use only clean potable water; WATER MUST BE CAREFULLY MEASURED FOR EACH BATCH - UTILIZATION OF A MEASURING PAIL IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. DO NOT ADD WATER DIRECTLY TO MIXING MACHINE FROM A HOSE.

Approximately 1.5 to 1.75 gallons of water per 80-pound bag can be used to bring the mix to a lump-free consistency. Allow the mix to agitate in the mixer for 10-12 minutes to provide best workability. Gem Finish is a complete product; addition of other materials is not necessary.

APPLICATION:

Apply Gem Finish over a cement base that has been dry for a minimum of 24 hours. The pool's walls and floor must be evenly sprayed with water before application to reduce suction. This allows adequate absorption to occur to enable Florida Gem to dry in a natural manner. Gem Finish should be applied to a thickness of 3/8" to ½". Application is best accomplished by mechanics that adhere to the professional standards of the plastering industry.

EXPOSING GEM FINISH:

Depending upon prevailing weather conditions, exposing the Gem Finish surface can begin shortly after finish trowelling. Removal of surface layer cement can be accomplished with water and a soft bristle brush. Other industry accepted methods can be used as well.

CURING:

The pool should be filled with water upon completion of the exposure phase. Refer to the National Plaster Council Start-Up Procedures immediately after filling the pool with water.

COVERAGE:

Florida Gem Finish will yield approximately 23 square feet of material per 80-pound bag.

PACKAGING:

Gem Finish is packaged in 80 lb. heavy-duty, moisture resistant bags.

PRECAUTIONS TO BE OBSERVED:

This product is portland cement based and can cause skin or eye irritation. Any skin or eye contact with this product should be immediately washed with plenty of fresh water. Wearing of a respirator is required when handling this product. Please review product MSDS for further information.

WARNING:

Do not use a bonding agent in the mixing or application of Gem Finish.

NOTE:

- Florida Gem Finish is formulated with natural quartz aggregate. Color variation within aggregate deposits is inherent. Aggregate color in Gem finishes may vary from previously obtained material or samples due to this variation.

- Florida Stucco Corp. advises that maintenance of the pool's water chemistry be monitored frequently and kept within industry guidelines to ensure beauty, longevity and integrity of the plaster surface.


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