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Thread: Pebble Tec or Colored Plaster

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    Pebble Tec or Colored Plaster

    Pebble Tec or Colored Plaster? My husband and I are building our first pool and have heard conflicting information about both. What's seems to be the preference? Thanks!

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Pebble Tec or Colored Plaster

    All of the finishes have advantages and disadvantages. PebbleTec is very pretty and lasts longer than most other finishes, but it can get quite expensive and some people find it to be tough on their feet. Colored plaster is less expensive but doesn't last as long. The darker colors sometimes have a blotchy appearance. Personally I would go for Pebble Sheen if I could afford it, and Diamond Brite if I couldn't afford the Pebble Sheen.
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    SCCS's Avatar
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    Left coast

    Re: Pebble Tec or Colored Plaster

    You could even go with Pebble Fina. It is very smooth just like plaster and it is much more durable than regular plaster.
    16,500 gal Roman end with PebbleFina finish
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    Dallas, TX

    Re: Pebble Tec or Colored Plaster

    I second the Pebble Sheen. With crystal clear water the texture is visible and striking. My pool has a few barely visible blotches, which I believe are due to to acid wash process used to expose the pebbles. The blotches are most noticeable on cloudy, overcast days and can't be seen at all in direct sunlight.

    Well worth the extra money! I recommend a Pebble-Tec/Sheen or similar finish to anyone who asks.
    31000 Gal IG L-shape w/ spa, Riversand finish (PebbleSheen clone)
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    Valrico, FL

    Re: Pebble Tec or Colored Plaster

    I have the regular Pebble-Tec finish. We like it. The surface is rough, but on the other hand, no has ever slipped in our pool! In our case, by using the original Pebble-Tech finish, we recieved a lifetime warranty on the finish, from Pebble-Tec.
    7,500 gal, IG pool, L shape 22' x 15', 1.5 hp pump, cartridge filter, AquaPlus SWG/Controller, Pebble-Tec liner.

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