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Re furbushing / Repairing a cracked above ground spa

Unfortunately, there are only a few ways to treat the cracks once they have occurred in the shell of the spa. Most repairs offered by "do-it-yourself" products are temporary and will only lead to additional frustration.

This is where years of experience can help out!

Spas are usually molded as a compete unit and then the jets are either cored into the completed shell or are part of the moulding process. Either way, the majority of all acrylic or above ground spas are a single piece.

What this means, is that in order to make a "solid" repair, you will need to treat the entire shell interior.

One of the first real repairs we learned about that is not only affordable, but fairly consistent came from a boat/jet ski repair shop. I had a set of jet skis in the shop and one of them was really damaged. The repair tech had to cut out an entire side of the ski and rebuild it. When complete, you would never know that anything happened!

A lot of these businesses have mobile repair technicians who will actually do the repairs on the spot and are already familiar with various resins, polymers and color matching. The are also great at improvising the repair as they go, because rarely does damage to a boat or ski be consistent with other repairs.

Be sure to ask about the cracks. Cracks usually occur because of shrinkage and if they can separate the areas that are shrinking/have shrunk and then rebuild these areas, you probably won't have a problem again.

We have made similar repair to more than 500 spas and have had issues with less than 1% of the repairs failing. Pretty good odds, if you ask me!

If you are unable to find a boat/jet ski repair guy, you may trying looking under bathtub refinishing. A lot of bath tub refinishing technicians are familiar with working with fiberglass and custom working as you go.

In order to extend the life of the interior of your shell, you should be diligent in cleaning the spa a couple of times a year. Most pool supply stores have a citrus cleaner that works great at cutting through the body oils, lotions and other that may become attached to the spa.

If your fiberglass is starting to feel a bit worn, find out about we sanding and sealing, this will ensure that your spa lasts you many, many years!

Your feedback on thisr is appreciated!

Brian Morris, The Ugyl Pool Guy


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