Pool design help plaster, water, tile color

qofmiwok

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Apr 27, 2011
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Well absolutely workmanship and professionalism in Hawaii is in short supply. Living here you just deal with that the best you can, until you get sick of it and move away. There aren't many people who do plastering, and even the ones that are considered good are sketchy. Every person gives you a different story, and the same person a different story every time you talk to them, and you have no idea who to trust; frankly a lot of contractors here are not very educated on what they are doing and use a lot of bro science.
On the other hand, there are certain things we just can't (or don't) get in Hawaii. Like certain epoxies are not available. And the only chlorine has cyanuric acid, so that builds up. Heck, the major lumber supplier in town sold me treated lumber for outdoors that was labeled right on it for indoor use only, and said "that's all anybody imports to Hawaii." And then there is also the issue that many, many materials that work great elsewhere simply don't work here. Plastics disintegrate. Stainless steel corrodes quickly. Slate's crumble. It's a hostile environment.

So if quartz isn't really more durable, why do people spend the extra money for it?
 

kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
Here is a thread that shows plaster colors. Of course you can see their tile colors, sizes, etc as well. As far as what is "modern" in 2019 why care? All that does it "date" it. Go for classic and pretty. Make anyone that sees your place want to rent it just for the oh so pretty pool!
 

PoolGate

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Jun 7, 2017
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Damascus, MD
Might be a long-shot but have you considered recruiting a better plasterer from the mainland and flying them to Hawaii for the job? I think 2 people could do that job. Might not save you any money in the end but if you got a better plasterer it would be worth it.
 

chazas

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Jun 4, 2007
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Manassas, VA
Well, you can definitely run your pool with the BBB method, the predecessor/inspiration for the TFP method. That’s how I originally found the site that morphed into this site, and then this site. Bleach from WalMart, muriatic acid from (IIRC) City Mill. Or nowadays use a SWG which didn’t exist when I was there, or at least weren’t widespread.

UV and the salt air are definitely harsh on some things.

And the only chlorine has cyanuric acid, so that builds up. Heck, the major lumber supplier in town sold me treated lumber for outdoors that was labeled right on it for indoor use only, and said "that's all anybody imports to Hawaii." And then there is also the issue that many, many materials that work great elsewhere simply don't work here. Plastics disintegrate. Stainless steel corrodes quickly. Slate's crumble. It's a hostile environment.

So if quartz isn't really more durable, why do people spend the extra money for it?
 

santacruzpool

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Feb 24, 2015
687
Santa Cruz, CA
Thanks! It looks modern too. So many pool tiles are hideous. That's regular porcelain tile then? How long have you had it?
It is pretty modern - the tile is what our pool builder suggested - he has used it on several pools. Our pool was built in 2015 - so far no issues with the tile (we did have one tile on our vault area come loose due to poor installation that was fixed by our pool builder for free).