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Decals - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Pool Decal A: information pertains to vinyl
liner or non-textured fiberglass pools only.
Decal B: information pertains to cement or
textured fiberglass pools only.
Can the decals be installed in a pool without draining
A: Yes, The Pool Decal was developed to be easily
installed underwater, so there is no need to drain your
Q: Will the decals stick to
glass or tile?
A: The decals with pre-applied adhesive (Decal A) will
adhere to most smooth surfaces, if the surface is clean
and free of contaminants. For irregular or porous
surfaces such as glass tile pools, or gunite pools use
Decal B. Decal B is applied using BOSS 801 silicone
adhesive, which allows for irregularities in the
application surface. Please refer to the application
instructions for more information.
Q: Will pool cleaners pull the decals up?
A: No; if the pool surface is thoroughly cleaned before
installing the decal, pool cleaners will not pull them
up. Our decals have been installed in test pools using
both robotic and suction type cleaners for a period of
one year with no visible signs of degradation in the
adhesion of the decal to the pool surface.
Q: Will brushes or automatic
cleaners scratch the decal surface?
A: The decal image is printed subsurface; therefore it
cannot be scratched off. The clear surface of the Lexan
plastic is scratch resistant but may lose some of its
luster over time due to normal wear.
Q: Will the colors fade over time?
A: During the development of the Pool Decal, long term
exposure to UV was our main obstacle. To ensure the
colors of each decal remain vibrant for many years after
the installation we have used the highest quality UV
resistant pigments available. The image is printed below
the protective surface of high performance UV resistant
Lexan plastic for additional UV protection.
Q: Can the decals be used in
A: Yes, The decals are constructed of high performance
Lexan plastic and 3M adhesives which have been rated for
use in temperatures up to 350° Fahrenheit.
Q: Will freezing temperatures damage the decal or
affect the adhesive?
A: No, the materials used to construct the decals are
rated for temperatures of -40° to +350° Fahrenheit.
Q: Can the decal be used to
cover a stain?
A: Some stains may reduce the adhesion qualities of the
decal. The main issues that will cause problems with
adhesion are scale and/or iron stains. If these are
detected the pool surface must be treated before
installing the decal, please request additional
Q: Can the decals be used on steps, swim outs, beach
A: The Pool Decal is slippery when wet and should not be
installed where it will be a slip hazard.
Q: What do I do if a section of
the decal comes loose?
A: Lift the loose section and scrub the pool surface
thoroughly; then apply BOSS adhesive to the decal, press
down and smooth with the squeegee.
A (Vinyl Liner or
Non-Textured Fiberglass Pool)
Will the decal damage the vinyl liner?
A: No, the adhesive has been developed specifically for
use on vinyl liner pools.
Q: How hard do I press down
when I squeegee decal A?
A: When installing decal A underwater use as much
pressure as you can achieve under these limiting
conditions. If you have difficulty staying submerged
when applying pressure, it may be helpful to have
someone hold you down during this step of the
Q: Can decal A be removed?
A: Decal A can be removed by carefully lifting an edge
of the decal, gripping firmly and pulling with one hand
while holding the vinyl liner down with the other. Most
of the adhesive will remain on the pool surface. Let the
adhesive soak overnight then rub off with fingers. If
you are removing a large decal you may want to use an
adhesive eraser. An adhesive eraser can be purchased for
Q: Can decal A be reused?
A: Yes, decal A can be reused, though it should not be
reinstalled using the same glue. Boss 801 silicone
adhesive can be used to reinstall the decal.
Q: Can decal A be used as a patch on a vinyl liner pool?
A: Yes, the decals utilize an acrylic based pressure
sensitive adhesive. When pressure is applied to the
decal during installation the adhesive displaces the
water and locks out all moisture, thus creating an
excellent bond between the decal and the vinyl liner.
B (Cement or Textured
Bottom Fiberglass Pools)
Can the decals be installed immediately after the pool
finish is applied on a cement pool?
A: The Pool Decal is designed to be applied to cement
pool finishes after the finish has completed the full
curing process. The curing process of pool finishes as
with most cement products is mostly achieved within the
first 28 days after application. This is the time that
the majority of the chemical bonds are formed thus
developing a durable watertight surface. During this
curing process the cement is forming calcium hydroxide
at a rapid rate hence the need to brush the pool finish
on a daily basis and subsequently filter the byproduct
out. At the end of the 28 days the pool water can be
balanced and swimming can begin. Automatic vacuums and
roller vacuums will no longer damage the finish or leave
marks. However the curing process is not 100% complete.
If we look at the amount of calcium hydroxide the curing
process produces as 100%, this initial cure during the
28 days sees the cement producing approximately 60% of
the Calcium Hydroxide byproduct it will form during the
full cure. After this initial cure the production drops
off rapidly. However, the cement continues to cure over
the next 10 months. Requiring additional maintenance and
potentially causing adhesion issues, if the Pool Decal
is installed during this final curing stage.
Q: Will the silicone make a
A: Most of the silicone will stick to the squeegee; be
sure to wipe the squeegee after each stroke and there
will be very little to clean from the pool surface. The
easiest way to clean the silicone from the pool surface
is to let it dry for a couple of minutes then simply rub
Q: How do I apply enough pressure when I squeegee the
A: If you have difficulty staying submerged when
applying pressure, it may be helpful to have someone
hold you down during this step of the installation.
Q: Can decal B be removed?
A: Yes, use a plastic putty knife to lift an edge of the
decal then grip the decal firmly and pull.
Q: When is the best time to apply the Pool Decal?
A: The best time to apply the Pool Decal is after the
first ten months of the pool being built or resurfaced.
This will allow for the curing process to run its
course. To ensure maximum adhesion the curing process
can be followed by either a spot treatment of the
installation area, a drained pool acid wash or a no
drain acid wash to remove any of the calcium that
remains on the surface of the pool finish. In addition
to potentially causing adhesion issues between the Pool
Decal and the pool finish the calcium buildup can cause
the pool finish to appear dull, therefore the acid wash
is also a common treatment used to return the pool to
its original beauty.
Q: What can be done to minimize
any adhesion issues if installed before 10 months?
A: If you don’t want to wait 10 months; then it is
recommended that you wait a minimum of 60 days and spot
treat the area where you will be installing the Pool
Decal. NOTE: Spot treatment may cause the treated area
to appear brighter than the surrounding untreated area.
The spot treatment will remove the calcium that has
formed on the surface of the pool finish. We recommend
using JACK’S MAGIC - Stain Solution #2 to treat the
installation area. All JACK’S MAGIC products come with
detailed instructions for spot treatment. Once the spot
treatment is completed follow the installation
instructions for the Pool Decal. NOTE: This Pre-Cure
installation process is done with the understanding that
the pools finish is not fully cured and there may be
adhesion issues to deal with in the future.
Q: What can be done if an Aqua Decal Loses Adhesion
to a Cement Surface?
A: If a Pool Decal looses adhesion it can easily be
reapplied without draining the pool. If the decal comes
up either partially or fully, the installation area will
need to be treated to reaccept the adhesive bond. This
can be accomplished with a spot treatment using an
acidic product such as JACK’S MAGIC Stain Solution #2
“The Copper and Scale Stuff”. First, treat the area
where the decal has lost adhesion according to the
JACK’S MAGIC spot treatment instructions and then simply
reapply the Boss adhesive to the decal and squeegee
Q: Does silicone remain on the
pool surface after removing a decal?
A: The silicone adheres to the decal upon removal. If
any residue remains simply rub off with fingers.
Q: Can decal B be reused?
A: Decal B can be reinstalled using BOSS silicone
Q: Does it leave a stain after
removing a decal?
A: The decal will not stain the pool surface though some
pool surfaces will fade over time, as a result of
exposure to UV rays. The area under the decal is not
exposed to UV rays therefore it will not fade. This may
cause a variation in shades between the exposed area and
the area under the decal.
This list may not answer all the questions you have
about the Pool Decal. If you have a question that has
not been answered please email:
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