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Thread: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

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    Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    Ok....kids LOVE the idea of a massive shark mosaic to be placed in our new pool we hope to complete this Spring/summer.

    See "Shark in your face" at: http://www.uspooltile.com/productsMosaics.html

    But wowser, these mosaic's, especially the big ones, are pricey!

    An option is to do the aqua decals: http://www.aquadecal.com/

    Not nearly as fancy and they don't have the scary shark model, but perhaps something to consider. Anyone have experience with aqua decals or something similar? Any problems with them? Do they stick ok to Pebblesheen?

    Thanks!

    RK
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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    Honest opinion? They look tacky. IMO, that would ruin a beautiful peeblesheen floor.
    But thats just me
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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Honest opinion? They look tacky. IMO, that would ruin a beautiful peeblesheen floor.
    But thats just me
    Hi Bk - is your opinion from direct experience/usage/viewing or from looking at the website? Just curious. I agree the mosaics are preferred and look better, but due to the cost, I'm wondering if others have direct viewing experience and long term use of these decals. I worry they'll peel up eventually and look tacky....

    It's not as if I can try the decals and switch later to the mosaics if I don't like them!

    thanks!

    RK
    RawhideKid
    Phoenix, AZ (Goodyear actually)
    Pool finally complete!!! IG, 40,635 gallons w/2080 gallon spa with 16 jets. Pool is 40x21 ft with 10 ft deep end; two baja steps
    Pentair Cartridge filter - 520 SQ. PebbleSheen interior. 2 Pentair VS pumps. Pentair Intellichlor SWG
    4 deck jets, 2 bubblers, fake rock grotto/waterfall with wet steps. 3 surrounding half-pergola's with misters in future
    Sunken covered ramada with cabinets, fridge, and wood fireplace. (soon to have big screen TV)
    Basically, 14 years of planning on how to survive this blistering AZ summer!!! WAHOOOOO!!!!!!

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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    No, I think tile mosaics on the bottom look tacky too. I like a nice, clean looking floor. If you go with pebblesheen, that would be like putting on a cheap $10 overcoat with a $5000 armani suit. Sorry. My feeling on the stick on is double tacky.

    Ok, that was pretty harsh, but it's my opinion. You asked for opinions, so I guess i gave an honest one. I dont mean to offend anybody, really, but i'm pretty honest when it comes to this stuff. To me, bad landscaping, tacky pools, DYI jobs that should be left to pro's, etc are like letting your brother in law who is "handy" act as the trim carpenter for your new house.
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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    got it, and no problem with strong opinions.

    Just don't say my hair cut looks bad and we'll be friends. (I'm mostly bald, or follicle challenged...)
    RawhideKid
    Phoenix, AZ (Goodyear actually)
    Pool finally complete!!! IG, 40,635 gallons w/2080 gallon spa with 16 jets. Pool is 40x21 ft with 10 ft deep end; two baja steps
    Pentair Cartridge filter - 520 SQ. PebbleSheen interior. 2 Pentair VS pumps. Pentair Intellichlor SWG
    4 deck jets, 2 bubblers, fake rock grotto/waterfall with wet steps. 3 surrounding half-pergola's with misters in future
    Sunken covered ramada with cabinets, fridge, and wood fireplace. (soon to have big screen TV)
    Basically, 14 years of planning on how to survive this blistering AZ summer!!! WAHOOOOO!!!!!!

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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by RawhideKid
    Just don't say my hair cut looks bad and we'll be friends. (I'm mostly bald, or follicle challenged...)
    HA!!!
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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    Another issue would be the Pebble warranty. It says you apply a silicone grout to the decal then apply it right to the concrete surface. I would think that would raise eyeborows if you ever had a warranty claim. Plus if you ever wanted to get rid of the decal whos knows what it would look like under it once it was removed, or what it would take to clean all that stuff off your pebble. As far as looks I'm with BK, a nice smooth pool floor looks good.
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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    No personal experience or opinion for that matter as it's specific to your question, but for Vinyl lined pools, those are some neat looking patches
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    Re: Anyone use Aqua Decal's? Ok, not ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmanb2b
    No personal experience or opinion for that matter as it's specific to your question, but for Vinyl lined pools, those are some neat looking patches
    Now THAT's funny!

    We ended up with the standard tile mosaics, but DANG, they are expensive!
    RawhideKid
    Phoenix, AZ (Goodyear actually)
    Pool finally complete!!! IG, 40,635 gallons w/2080 gallon spa with 16 jets. Pool is 40x21 ft with 10 ft deep end; two baja steps
    Pentair Cartridge filter - 520 SQ. PebbleSheen interior. 2 Pentair VS pumps. Pentair Intellichlor SWG
    4 deck jets, 2 bubblers, fake rock grotto/waterfall with wet steps. 3 surrounding half-pergola's with misters in future
    Sunken covered ramada with cabinets, fridge, and wood fireplace. (soon to have big screen TV)
    Basically, 14 years of planning on how to survive this blistering AZ summer!!! WAHOOOOO!!!!!!

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