My pool experience hasn't been as great as others I've read about on TFP. In fact, it's truly been a case of whatever could go wrong has. BUT I thought I'd finally gotten past the dark days of my build and was looking forward to the "cherry on top" (aka the plaster) to bring it all together. Instead the plaster is just the final straw and a fitting end to the entire build. After hiring so many different subs during the OB process with nothing but problems we decided to pay more and hire a pool plaster company to do our coping, tile and plaster. I really wanted Pebble Tec, but this company only used Stonescapes so that's the color palette I had to choose from. I wanted a dark blue water color and really liked Ocean Blue in PT and told the plaster company that. They said the equivalent would be Midnight Blue in SC, but in looking at the aggregate the blue stones looked cheap so they showed me a video of a pool they'd just plastered where they'd used Midnight Blue SC, but had removed the blue stones, and the pool had a deep blue color to it. So that's the combination I chose. The dark blue water color I wanted was a theme I carried through to the tile I chose from MasterTile: Oasis Series Blue (see below).
Well my pool was completely filled on Thursday night last week and the plaster company's start-up guy came out on Saturday to get things going (pool equipment, chemicals, etc.). I initially thought the predominantly green water in the pool was the result of the city water we filled it with needing chemicals and, to a very small extent, it was. But now it's Tuesday and I still have more green water than blue so I can only surmise it's permanent because the color hasn't changed one bit since Sunday morning. (The pool depth goes from 3.6" to 7" and the water starts looking green by the 2nd step in the shallow end.) No matter what time of the day, I have pool color that's more green than blue. (The water has plenty of chlorine in it, a decent amount of muriatic acid, and zero metals.) Too bad it clashes with the deep blue tile I had installed. When I look at my pool all I see is a bad mistake that I want to hide from. I literally have been unable to sleep since Sunday and have cried over the whole mess. However, as much as I can't stand the water color, what bothers me more is the clashing of the blue tile with the green water. In fact, the only time I can tolerate looking at the pool is at night because you can't see the mistake in colors since you can't see much of any color.
I get that it's hard to perfectly match the tile to the pool color because the pool color changes throughout the day, but the problem with my pool is that there's no time that it even comes close to matching (blue vs green). I'm wondering if it's possible to change the pool tile without damaging the plaster or creating a demarcation line between the tile and the plaster, assuming I can find a tile that's the exact same size as the one installed. (Not all tiles are truly 6x6). Are there any experts out there who would know about this? Also, is it normal for there be plaster covering the aggregate still after the acid wash? It's mostly in the curves of the pool (steps, transition from sides to floor) and on some of the floor.
Thanks for your help.