We are about 10 days from plaster on my pool and I'm still not happy with the coping or the decking.
The coping was poured on 2/10/11. The guys used an on site mixer and moved the concrete with wheel barrows. My PB likes to have the concrete mixed on site because they use a larger size aggregate. The concrete was colored "Kailua" using Davis Colors. It is a poured in place cantilevered coping with a "Regular" Stegmeier form. There was a little bit of wind on the day of the pour, but it looked like the guys kept it fairly wet. I misted the coping 1 or 2 more times that night, and I wet it down about 4-6 times a day for the next 2 weeks. Weather was fairly mild.
I've been watching it for about 40 days now and I'm still not happy. My PB suggests that we can do a light sand blasting; that should even out the color and make most of the problems go away. Another option is to 'seal' the coping. I'm not wild about that option, I don't want any gloss and I don't want it slippery.
I'm going to try and link several photos. I'll try to put them up in this order:
Overview of the coping with no sun
Overview of the coping in the sun
Section 1 - No Sun - Dry
Section 1 - No Sun - Wet
Section 1 - Sun - Dry
Section 1 - Sun - Wet
Section 1 - No Sun - Wet with crazing
Section 1 - No Sun - Wet with crazing less obvious
Section 2 - No Sun - Dry
Section 2 - No Sun - Wet
Section 2 - Sun - Wet