Can anyone recommend a good quartz plaster pool finish brand? We are looking at Pebble Fina (plaster), Diamondbrite, and Quartzscape but are open to other brands. We do not like the feel of any of the pebble finishes at all, so plaster is our only option. I know they are not nearly as durable as the pebble finishes but worth it to for something that feels good to us. I know that we should go with a light color because the darker dyes in the plaster finish can cause more mottling than the lighter colors, so we are picking a lighter color but still want some speckles for some color. I read that Diamondbrite comes pre-mixed so helps reduce mixing mistakes at the site--I like that idea. Also, since the PebbleTec company is picky about only letting a few companies be licensed to apply their product, I thought that might be a positive for going with Pebble Fina, but can't find anything about the subs that do Pebble Fina. I heard there are only 2 subs that can do Pebble Tec products in the valley: Prado and Sons, and Cal Plastering. Is that true? Does that mean they are the only ones that do Pebble Fina. I also read that using a Pebble Tec company product helps home resale value, since Pebble Fina is Pebble Tec seems a plus for going with Pebble Fina. I also read that Pebble Fina is very smooth which I like, someone said Quartzscape and some other brand that escapes me now, felt like an emory board, I don't like that.
Reading about the plaster startup process is a bit overwhelming, seems like it is real easy to mess it up. And also the experience of the sub-contractor seems paramount for a successful end result. I read that you have to brush down the new plaster at least twice a day for the first 2-4 weeks to get the best finish and prevent issues like mottling. This seems like a crazy amount of work, but maybe brushing down a pool is easier than I thought?? Will all the loose plaster powder that gets brushed up, cause problems if we go with a cartridge filter?
Also, can anyone recommend a good plaster sub-contractor in the Phoenix area, as it looks like we may DIY the pool build. So far I have Prado and Sons, but the person that recommended them had PebbleSheen, so not sure they would be good for a plaster quartz finish. This seems like one of the trickiest parts of the pool build or at least the most apt to go awry?
Any suggestions other than a pebble product are welcome.