Pool Renovations

If your existing concrete pool is starting to look a little tired and dull, it’s probably time to bring back its shimmer with a stunning Aristone pool render. Give your pool a new lease of life with a crisp white Aristone pool render base. An Aristone pool’s mesmerising blues and smooth surface make a welcome improvement to any pool. Designed for both chlorinated and salt water systems, an Aristone surface is an excellent way to add value to your

Any structurally sound concrete pool with existing standard marble plaster, painted or pebble finish can be renovated with Aristone. So long as the shell is concrete, stable and has no severe cracking or movement occurring, an Aristone renovation is ideal.

If your existing pool has a tile band Aristone can be applied up to the original tiles, sparing you the expense of removing and replacing them.

If you hadn’t thought about renovating your pool earlier, it’s possibly because traditionally there was little information about how to achieve this. Just like any part of your home, your pool can be renovated, and with recent advances in swimming pool technology, many home owners find a pool renovation is practical as it adds value and revitalises their pool. A once neglected pool can be transformed into the centre of attention again as there is nothing that brings together people quite like a vibrant, refreshing pool. An Aristone pool render is incredibly durable and easy to maintain. Unlike a pebble based pool that can retain small particles of grime in its textured surface, an Aristone pool is silky smooth and practical to clean.

The Pool Renovation Process


Thorough preparation is critical. If a pool shell is not correctly prepared, long term damage can occur, so it is important that an experienced pool builder performs your renovation from beginning to end. The following are some guidelines.

Pool paint: wet sand or grit blast and acid wash to completely remove the existing interior. Any loose material and residue must be removed to ensure adhesion and no subsequent pulling away of the new render

Ensure that there is sufficient key for bonding. ‘Sparrow peck’ the surface with a scutcheon or kanga hammer or apply a key coat to achieve this. We
recommend a BondKey coat or slurry coat for all pool renovations. Make sure the surface is broom finished to provide an effective mechanical key.

Marblesheen or pebble: thoroughly check and remove any deteriorated or ‘drummy’ areas. Strip these areas back to the concrete shell and then fill with a strong cementitious render. If there are large patches throughout, it may be necessary to completely remove the old interior. ‘Sparrow peck’ the old surface with a scutcheon or kanga hammer if key is required.

Tile band: Make two cuts with a diamond saw, one directly below the tile band and the second another 150mm below that. Remove a ‘V’ section between the two cuts surrounding the pool edge butting up to the tile band.

Acid wash and then water blast to remove any dust or organic debris generated and thoroughly hose off. Ensure all acid and matter has been completely removed from the prepared surface, including the tile band. If necessary, re-grout the tile band.

Once the surface is completely clean, apply a 1-2mm thickness of BondKey coat or slurry as per instructions and broom finish to ensure a good mechanical key

Aristone application

While there are some similarities in rendering Aristone to other pebble, marble sheen and cement based pool plasters, it is important to note that after the application, the final treatment is quite different.

Because the Aristone surface is a smooth finish, a high pressure water blaster must not be used. Leave the smoothly trowelled Aristone finish for 24 hours before carefully acid washing the surface. This is to remove a fine layer of cement slurry and will expose the brilliant aggregates below while maintaining a luxurious smooth finish.

An experienced Aristone applicator is essential to ensure a beautiful result. Call or email our technical support team and we will provide you with the details of experienced local pool builders or applicators.

Once your pool is installed, it is important to follow the correct care guidelines that your pool builder will supply you with. We also advise registering your pool on our warranty page so that we can provide you with backup advice and assistance in your maintenance schedule. Visit our Pool Care page to learn more.

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