Are there other manufacturers making a product similar to ArmorKote?
Yes, there are other manufacturers that produce an industrial grade epoxy coating for pool resurfacing. However, these products are not 100% solids and utlize Zylene or MEK which can cause high VOC levels. There is no other pool resurfacing product with the performance, durability and user friendliness of ArmorKote by KoreKote.
Do you have a client referral list that I can call to get direct customer feedback regarding your product?
Yes, please contact us by phone or email and we will provide it to you.
How are you able to provide a warranty on the ArmorKote DIY product while your competitors do not?
We work with the homeowner/installer in a 1 on 1 relationship to ensure that each prep and application step is completed correctly before moving to the next. Secondly, the quality of ArmorKote resurfacing system also enables us to offer a warranty.
How do temperatures below 50°F affect the application the ArmorKote product?
We recommend that the product not be applied below 50°F air temperature and 50°F substrate temperature. If it is applied in temperatures below 50°F it will affect the product curing properties and not allow it to reach fully cured strength.
How thick is one coat of the ArmorKote top coat?
ArmorKote is designed as a high-performance industrial grade coating and one layer of ArmorKote top coat is 20 mils which is 5X thicker than most pool and EHB epoxy paints. You can find other product characteristics and performance data by reading the product technical data sheets provide >>here
I applied epoxy paint on my pool and it failed within the 1st year. It came off the wall in sheets but remained bonded on the floor. The manufacturer and contractor told me my water table was too high causing the failure. Is this possible?
It is possible if water was present before the paint was applied. Before a coating is applied to the pool substrate a moisture test must be taken. If moisture is present, then the coating should not be applied because it will not be able to bond correctly to the substrate. If you have a high-water table then the best solution is to well-point the pool so that exterior water drains away from around the walls and floor.
I have an old plaster pool that was painted with rubber paint. After 2 years it’s peeling, blistering and chalking. Do I have to sandblast my pool prior to using your ArmorKote?
It is recommended but not absolutely necessary to sand blast the surface to remove the rubber paint. However, you do need to remove most of the rubber paint before applying ArmorKote or the product cannot bond to the pool substrate. Read Prepping your painted swimming pool on the homepage. Follow those instructions.
I have been searching the internet for different products. What makes your BondKote filler/puddy repair superior to others?
The BondKote filler/puddy is a polymer-based product that is completely impenetrable by water. Also, the material has a high bond strength and therefore ties the cracked area together structurally and then provides a water seal.
I have heard that a second coat on a previously painted pool will not last more than 1 to 2 years. Why is this?
The initial paint on your marcite plaster should last approx. 3 to 4 years but during that time the paint will start to chalk. What most people aren’t aware of is that even if you acid wash and power wash this paint it is still going to continue to chalk even after it has been painted over. The continued chalking creates a barrier that will not permit the second coat of paint to adhere properly. Any paint that is chalking needs to be completely removed from the substrate before applying a new coat.
I purchased and applied the ArmorKote resurfacing system 4-years ago and would like to know when to recoat my pool?
You will want to recoat your pool at the point that you would like to bring the color luster back or you have found the surface to be wearing a little thin. At that point all you have to do is sand the surface with a 60 to 80 grit sand paper, clean the surface and then reapply the ArmorKote top coat product.
If ArmorKote is so good, why aren’t more contractors handling your product?
ArmorKote is one of the best kept secret in the pool industry because plastering and painting pools have always been a high volume, high profit business that pool companies and installers do not want to give up. Also, we have chosen to work directly with the home owner because no one cares more about the quality of the project outcome than the home owner. To many installers don’t take the care to do a project correctly and we do not want to compromise our product or brand. In addition, ArmorKote has the highest quality ingredients used in its formulation so it cost can be initially higher which causes contractors to look elsewhere. However, if you factor the cost of the coating over the entire life of the pool ArmorKote offers the best value of any system on the market.
If we apply ArmorKote resurfacing system and it fails what are the conditions of your warranty?
We will first ask for a sample of the failed material to be sent to us. We will then have it tested to find out why it failed. We will send you a copy of this report for your records. If it is evident from the sample testing that it was a material failure and not a substrate or prep issue, we will at no charge send replacement product so you can resurface your pool again.
Is ArmorKote a DIY pool resurfacing system only? Can it be used on commercial projects?
ArmorKote is manufactured and produced by KoreKote, Inc. and is the product developed for the DIY market and is also used in commercial applications.
It has been nearly 10 years since I applied the ArmorKote pool resurfacing system. How will I know when my pool needs to be recoated?
When the primer BaseKote layer starts to show through your color topcoat it’s time to recoat. If this is the case, then all you have to do to prep the pool is sand the surface with a 60 to 80 grit sand paper, clean and then apply another layer of ArmorKote top coat.
My fiberglass Jacuzzi spa has small pinholes that are causing leakage and the top GelCoat has disappeared. Can ArmorKote correct these problems?
Yes, we recommend grinding the entire spa to remove the balance of the Gelcoat. Then follow the normal prep steps to prepare the surface for recoating. Once this is complete, ArmorKote can be applied to give your spa a brand-new finish surface.
My one-piece fiberglass drop-in-pool needs a new topcoat. I searched on the Internet for a source to buy a gel coat for my pool but found limited options. Will the ArmorKote product work well on my pool surface and is it better than a gel coat?
Yes, if you prep the surface of your fiberglass pool correctly the ArmorKote resurfacing system can be applied and provide an outstanding surface finish. It is far easier to apply than gel coat and is not subject to as many environmental factors that can affect the product during application and curing.
My swimming pool has been losing an inch of water daily, what do you recommend?
If the leak is due to a crack, or cracking, in your pool surface then we recommend using BondKote to fill in and seal the crack(s). It has proven to be successful 99% of the time.
Once ArmorKote has cured how do freezing temperatures affect it?
Our product works extremely well with the expansion coefficient of concrete under freezing conditions. It has flex enhancers built-in to the formulation which enable it to expand and contract with changing temperatures.
Why do pool and EHB epoxy paints chalk and delaminate so quickly compared to ArmorKote?
When the United States Government required that lead be removed from all paint it changed the chemical formulation of pool paints which is the biggest cause of chalking. However, ArmorKote uses a completely different chemistry than pool paint and never utilized lead in the formulation. It is a 100% solid high performance industrial grade coating and is not diluted with any solvents or thinners.
The plaster on my pool floor is very rough with some pop-off and hollow sections. What can I do to smooth out the surface so my children will not hurt their feet?
Go to Home Depot and buy a bag of playground sand, a window screen and a product called Acrylic Mortar Admix (should find in the masonry department/product cannot contain silicone). You will also need to purchase an 18” squeegee, two 5-gallon buckets and one 1-gallon bucket. Next, find a hardware store or lumberyard that sells white cement. After screening the sand, use the 1-gallon bucket to mix 2 parts sand to 1-part white cement. Thoroughly mix both parts together. Next put 1.25 gallons of Acrylic Mortar Admix into a 5-gallon bucket. Then mix your concrete into the acrylic modifier to a consistency of a pancake mix. Pour the mix out in a ribbon the entire width of your pool. Pull back and spread the material out with your squeegee filling the low areas. Allow to cure for 24 hours and then sand down the ridges. You should end up with a very smooth repaired floor that is ready for the UltraGuard resurfacing system.
We just moved into this new house and found out this 30-year-old pool has been leaking. What do you recommend using in order to fix this leak?
We recommend you have a local pool contractor come on site and pressure test your lines. If there are no leaks in your water lines, then it is most likely because of cracking to your substrate. Once you locate the crack(s) we recommend using the BondKote filler/puddy to repair the problem area.