The Custom Services Companies, Inc.

Custom Services Companies, Inc.
768 N. West End BLVD.
Quakertown, PA 18951
phone: 215-536-5339
fax: 215-536-6923

The Commercial Cleaning, Coating,
& Surface Preperation Experts

Swimming Pool Renovations

Specification and Work Order Sheet

  • Painting: Chlorinated Rubber, Vinyl, Epoxy
  • Acid Cleaning and Power Washing
  • Gel-Coating and Fiberglass Repair
  • Deck Cleaning and Coating
  • Sandblasting
  • Caulking and construction joint repair
  • Crack Repairs
  • Diving and underwater repairs
  • Tile replacement and repair
  • Coping repair

Underwater Repairs and Service

Attention in-ground concrete pool owners...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long after painting till my pool will be useable?

A. A general timetable for project completion is as follows:
  • Pools must sit empty for approximately one week before paint can be applied
  • Actual painting time is approximately two consecutive days weather permitting.
  • Pools must sit empty for an addition week to ensure that the new paint is properly cured before filling.
  • It is generally wise to allow at least three weeks for a painting project to be completed.

Q. What responsibilities will I have?

A. Depending on the terms of the contract which is issued, you may have some or all of the following responsibilities:
  • Remove pool cover.
  • Empty the pool and remove the relief plugs. Click here for a detailed explanation.
  • Maintain the pool in an empty condition throughout the duration of the project.
  • Reinstall relief plugs and drain covers.
  • Fill and open pool.
  • Provide a suitable water hose hookup within one hundred feet of the pool.
  • Provide suitable 1/10 volt electrical outlet within one hundred feet of the pool.
  • Remove from the pool deck any patio furniture or other obstacles which could impede our ability to complete the service work.
  • Ensure that the pool fence gate is unlocked or that a key or combination are provided to us for the duration of the project.
  • Secure any pets which have access to the pool area or property grounds.

Q. Which paint is best for me?

A. Whenever a pool which has not been sandblasted is repainted it must always be recoated with the paint type last applied. It almost always inadvisable to attempt a change of paint types such as: from epoxy to chlorinated rubber or vice-versa. If a pool has been sandblasted any of the three paint types can be used each of which has both advantages and disadvantages:
  • Chlorinated Rubber:
    • Advantages: Easiest to apply, easiest to recoat, most adaptable coating, comes in a variety of colors.
    • Disadvantages: Least durable.
    • Life Expectancy: 2-4 years.*
  • Vinyl:
    • Advantages: Easy to apply, very durable, easy to recoat.
    • Disadvantages: Limited color selection (Black, white, or greys), more difficult to remove when necessary, more sensitive to adverse weather circumstances during application.
    • Life Expectancy: 3-6 years.*
  • Epoxy:
    • Advantages: Very durable, available in a variety of colors, smoothest surface thereby discouraging algae growth.
    • Disadvantages: Can chalk profusely as it ages, very sensitive to adverse weather circumstances during application, most difficult to recoat, most difficult to remove.
    • Life Expectancy: 5-8 years.*
* Note: All life expectancies are theoretical and based on a combination of our in-the-field experience and the manufacturers' claimed life span. Many factors contribute to the life expectancy of a coating, most of which are beyond our control. Please note that proper water chemistry and careful chemical introduction are crucial to preserving pain film integrity.

Q. Should my pool be sandblasted?

A. While we are certainly capable of sand blasting your pool, we will not recommend sandblasting unless it is absolutely necessary. When dealing with chlorinated rubber, a through power washing will frequently prepare the surface satisfactorily, preventing both the expense and the hassles associated with sandblasting. In general pools must be sandblasted when the coating type is to be changed, when the coating will be replaced with plaster or when the coating is failing in more than 25% of total surface area. Frequently, the time table for usability as requested by the customer makes sandblasting an all but impossible option. Sandblasted pools require more coats of paint, more days of work time, and additionally will frequently require some surface repair after the sandblasting, but before the painting. With this said, there are still many occasions when sandblasting is necessary and desirable.

Q. When will you know if my pool should be sandblasted?

A. While there are times when a decision to sandblast is clear cut and obvious, it is often necessary for the pool to be drained and inspected before a final determination can be made. Certainly there are times when a pool is filled -with clear water- and the extent of paint failure can still be seen, however, in most cases the option of sandblasting must be planned for and budgeted for prior to beginning the work.

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