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Thread: Is this a normal looking plaster job?

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    Is this a normal looking plaster job?

    Can someone take a look at these mid-fill pics on my new pool and tell me if this is normal looking streaking on new white plaster? Particularly the darker streaks on the spa wall by the steps as these streaks have yet to go away after almost a month of daily brushing. The plaster company is coming out to take a look this week, but I'd like to know what the experts here say.
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    9, 500 gallon, outdoor in-ground, gunite and plaster pool. Constructed in fall of 2013.

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    Re: Is this a normal looking plaster job?

    You know, that is what mine looked like as well, the instructions stated brush, brush, brush. First time I have every gotten just a plain jane white pearl finish, so after a year when mine still looks the same (yes, you can see the streaks in the clear BBB water) - the pool contractor tells me I need an acid wash now, for an additional 550.00. And I brushed twice a day for a week, once a day for 3 weeks, and twice a week since.

    Any body else like to chime in - I would like to know, too.
    13200 gal, IG, plaster, built 1985, replastered 2012, Mytilus MA-90C cartridge filter, 2716 Blue Line In-ground Pump and Motor (1 HP), (manual clean/brush/test with Taylor K-2006, TFP since 2012) in Northwest Houston TX

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    Re: Is this a normal looking plaster job?

    For what it's worth, this is an excerpt from my PBs literature:

    Remember, Pebble TecŪ is supposed to be mottled with
    varying concentrations of stone exposure and variations
    in color. Plaster is also a cement product mined from the
    earth and is never uniform in color. The color variations
    are more noticeable in the evening or when your pool is
    illuminated at night, which has nothing to do with the
    quality of the finish.
    Mesa, AZ Spillover spa and inground pool, 12,500 G, pebble finish, Hayward C5030 (525sf) Cartridge Filter, Hayward EcoStar VS Pump, Installed July 2013, Hayward SWG T-Cell-15, Trident UV (I know, I know....was installed before I found this site!) Rock grotto waterfall, LED ColorLogic lighting, 110 BTU Heat Pro Electric Heat Pump, Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M5 cleaner, TF-100 test kit with Speed Stir.

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    Re: Is this a normal looking plaster job?

    danjaymor = why would my contractor recommend acid wash after a year? Finish doesn't bother me with exception of your quote above "night" and/or "light".
    13200 gal, IG, plaster, built 1985, replastered 2012, Mytilus MA-90C cartridge filter, 2716 Blue Line In-ground Pump and Motor (1 HP), (manual clean/brush/test with Taylor K-2006, TFP since 2012) in Northwest Houston TX

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    Re: Is this a normal looking plaster job?

    Hi, Ellie.....I can't speak for your pool contractor, was just sharing info as to what mine says.

    I'm not sure which one is correct, but if the people I used are correct then an acid wash may not make much of a difference.
    Mesa, AZ Spillover spa and inground pool, 12,500 G, pebble finish, Hayward C5030 (525sf) Cartridge Filter, Hayward EcoStar VS Pump, Installed July 2013, Hayward SWG T-Cell-15, Trident UV (I know, I know....was installed before I found this site!) Rock grotto waterfall, LED ColorLogic lighting, 110 BTU Heat Pro Electric Heat Pump, Maytronics Dolphin Supreme M5 cleaner, TF-100 test kit with Speed Stir.

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    Re: Is this a normal looking plaster job?

    danjaymor, I know - you were right with the quote above, and the plaster job that is picture is spot on, it will whiten up, just be prepared for the natural elements in the plaster. It will look beautiful in a few months and in a year, perfection. Don't fret, just brush it religiously to get the dust off and make the finish as smooth as possible so that nothing will stick to it. You will love it.
    13200 gal, IG, plaster, built 1985, replastered 2012, Mytilus MA-90C cartridge filter, 2716 Blue Line In-ground Pump and Motor (1 HP), (manual clean/brush/test with Taylor K-2006, TFP since 2012) in Northwest Houston TX

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    Re: Is this a normal looking plaster job?

    Mark, from the look of the pictures of your brand new plaster job, I would say that the slightly mottled look is normal for white plaster pools. It will never look like a white paint job.
    However, the spa wall does look a little more mottled than normal, and may worsen in time. However, the mottling might even out more as time passes (one year).
    Take a few photos now and compare in a couple of months to see if there is any change.
    Brushing is always good, but it won't make a difference in the mottling.

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