Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I had Blue Surf applied one month ago. The pool walls are much darker than the floor (see photo). Is this a normal part of the curing process and will the color even out over time? Thanks.
Thank you so very much! I informed the PB of the color issue yesterday. The color looked great and has slowly showed the unevenness on the walls and deep end.Your finish should be covered by at least one warranty from PebbleTec, and possibly a second one from the installer. What does the PB and/or his PebbleTec installer say about the color issue? Have they yet? Did you already get the ol' "Oh, it'll go away on its own." spiel? Ask them to arrange a warranty review directly with PebbleTec. The installer should have been certified by PebbleTec to apply that material, and PebbleTec is suppose to stand by that work. If you've got a two-tone pool, that is not a standard installation. Have PebbleTec weigh in directly about this issue. They've been known to send their own rep to inspect a problem like this.
The PB and his installer are probably not going to volunteer this step, because if it is determined they are at fault, they'll be on the hook to make it right. If they won't arrange a review by PebbleTec, then call PebbleTec yourself.
If there has been any mention of an acid wash, put on the brakes immediately and check back with us. That's a no-go.
Who has been taking care of the pool chemistry for this first month? That's important. If it was the PB or his staff, you're in the clear. If it was you, you might find the PB and/or PebbleTec will push back and claim it was bad water chemistry that caused the problem, and so your fault, and so no remedy. Did the two colors develop over time, or were they like that from day one? Can you prove that? If you were taking care of the water, did you test the water correctly, and keep records of the test results? Unfortunately, if there is to be a dispute about fixing the color issue, you'll need to be prepared to prove it wasn't your doing (if in fact it was not).
No need for things to get ugly just yet. First see if you can involve the PB, the installer and PebbleTec to come to some kind of reasonable resolution. That starts with a call to PebbleTec.
At some point you'll need to decide what a satisfactory solution is, and to what extent you want to fight for it. Can you live with it? Would it be more palatable if a discount was offered? Or do you want the finish replaced, and if so, are you willing to endure what that will take to get done. At first you'll want to know what the PB and PebbleTec are willing do. Maybe they'll offer to replace the finish. If not, then you'll go from there...
Thank you so very much.The more expert opinions you gather to support your position the better. You've already gotten a hint that, well let's just say, PebbleTec will not automatically side with the consumer. You're not the one selling their product, nor one that it is in their best interest to keep coming back for more pebbles! Adding salt to a curing finish, certainly within the first 30 days, is not recommended. So that's a red flag, and two if you count PebbleTec's cavalier attitude about it. I don't know enough about it to claim that was the cause of the problem, but it does indicate that your pool might not have received the best care possible.
Let's see if our experts have any ideas about the cause or remedy. @onBalance? @chem geek? @JoyfulNoise? Why would a pool's bottom surface cure differently than its sides, and will this go away on its own?
The walls are a different color than the floor.Reflection, refraction and the physics of light through water are all in play. The color of any pool surface, especially in the tones of yours, are going to look differently at different depths. You'll be able to see this clearly on your steps. The top step will look grey. The next step a bit bluer, the bottom step the bluest. The deep end will look significantly bluer than the shallow end. That is the water doing that. Surrounding visual elements in your yard will also affect your perception of the color of your pool (house and fence colors, landscaping, etc).
So some of what you're seeing might be caused by things other than the plaster finish, exacerbated by the ripples in the surface cause by the pump's circulation of the water.
How distinct is the change in color(s)? Is it just where the surface transitions from horizontal to vertical? Is it very abrupt?
My guess is that some of what you're seeing is real, and some is illusion...
I like the color of my deep end best. I don't like the color of my steps and bench as much. Some of that is to be expected, in any pool.
This helps! Thank you! Your pool is similar to mine!This illustrates my last post. Between the shadows, the depths and the reflection of my house, it looks like four different pools. This is my brand new finish, day one. Check out the bench in the deep end corner: looks like a different pool altogether. I'm not saying your pool doesn't have a problem, I'm just saying it might not be as bad as you think. No matter what PebbleTec and the PB do or don't do, the color is never going to look consistent across all the areas and depths and angles of your pool. It might be consistent, you'll just never be able to see that.
View attachment 169707
Thank you so much! The PB, an individual I trust, will look at the pool on Wednesday. I hope they will be straight too.There are several possible causes for color differences in plaster finishes. Could be differences (mistakes) in batch mixes, could be "plaster dust" that settle on floor and hardened and scaled (lightened) the surface, could be from poor workmanship troweling, and even from acid treatments, etc. The PB may be able to figure out what happened and provide a remedy. They need to be consulted and they should have some answers. Hopefully they will be straight with you.