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    Pebble finish only on infinity edge?

    Is it possible to do an infinity edge and waterline without tile? Can you just pebble plaster the whole thing? Yes, I know about hard water and scale, but has anyone done this? Or is it just unwise?
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    Re: Pebble finish only on infinity edge?

    Welcome to TFP Jaimee

    Short answer is no. Pool finishes need to be submerged. As long as it stays under water it will be fine, but it can't be exposed.
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    Re: Pebble finish only on infinity edge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    Welcome to TFP Jaimee

    Short answer is no. Pool finishes need to be submerged. As long as it stays under water it will be fine, but it can't be exposed.
    Probably true but you do see beach entry pools (residential & commercial) and kiddie walk-in pools at commercial locations with pebble finishes.
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    Re: Pebble finish only on infinity edge?

    One of the PBs I talked to said you could do this for the larger pebbles (PebbleTec), but not the finer ones (Pebblesheen).
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    Re: Pebble finish only on infinity edge?

    I'm not sure the size of pebble has much bearing on it, but pebbles would no doubt do better than plain plaster.

    None of these finishes are designed to be permanently exposed. They are designed to fully cure and reside under water.
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    Re: Pebble finish only on infinity edge?

    It really depends on the climate. The hotter and sunnier the climate the less it will work. If you live in a relatively cool/dark part of the world it will be just fine. If you live in Nevada, forget it.
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    Re: Pebble finish only on infinity edge?

    Or Arizona in this instance.
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