Pool Finish and Color Viewing Room...TFP Member Sound Off

3asyB

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Jan 7, 2019
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This will be our attempt at having one place that we can view the finished product of various Plaster/Pebble/Quartz/Vinyl/FG/etc. pool finishes. Simply attach a good pic looking down at the steps and another one looking at the deep end to share how it looks at different depths. Make sure to share the Brand and type of your pool finish along with color and any extras you had added.

This will help all of our new users with potentially the hardest decision of the process. As well as show off our TFP pools.

We will be the best source online for this if we all contribute. Can’t wait to see this develop! :lovetfp:

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** You need go look at a real pool, in different light, at different times of the day, to make a real decision. Morning, noon, afternoon, night, cloudy, bright, etc. Color really changes throughout the day. Maybe more so for a darker pool. So see if you can find a showroom, or if your finisher can get you in to see some of his customers' pools.

Depth is also an issue. Plaster/pebble color will look different at different depths. So your bottom step will look bluer than your top step. And your deep end will not match your sun deck! Just keep that in mind when looking at others' pools.
 
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Arizonarob

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Mar 25, 2018
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Great idea. :goodjob:

I want to make it clear. Please keep in mind when viewing colors online, that they will look different on every screen. Always view your preferred choice in person, before making any final decisions.
 
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Jcvader99

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Feb 8, 2018
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Charleston SC
Wet-Edge Signature Matrix "Picasso Blue"
Pics include: Sunny day early morning, and nighttime with all WHITE LED lights on. (p.s. - those ripples at night are the water surface, not in the plaster. :)

First pic is the actual color before water was added...

picasso-blue.png pool pebble1.pngpool pebble2.pngpool pebble3.pngpool pebble4.pngpool pebble5.png
 
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bmoreswim

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Jul 16, 2012
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Pool Size
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Chlorine
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Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
We have tinted plain plaster (tinted with Diamond Brite). The mixture is: 1 bag DB Onyx, 4 bags white cement, 7 bags marble dust per batch. They used 3 1/2 batches for our 27K gal. pool for reference.

Note: Tinted plaster is a cheap way to get color but is subject to mottling, which we have and really enjoy for it's character. I call our pool color Poor Man's French Grey.

Cloudy, dark background:

full


Bright, sunny:

full


Bright, sunny:

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GregInClaremont

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Jun 25, 2017
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Claremont, CA
NPT Stonescapes in Mini "Aqua-cool." It has a white base plaster with black gray and blue speckles. We did add some Abalone for sparkle and wish we added the full bag our builder had suggested, especially since he didn't upcharge for it!
 

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BowserB

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Jul 29, 2018
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Chlorine
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Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Great idea. :goodjob:
I want to make it clear. Please keep in mind when viewing colors online, that they will look different on every screen. Always view your preferred choice in person, before making any final decisions.
Just to muddy the water...besides monitor differences (pro and serious amateur photographers use a device--Datacolor Spyder or X-Rite ColorMunki to name two--to create computer profiles for their monitors for accurate colors), daylight varies in color temperature with conditions and time of day. Sunny day at noon is typically 5500 degrees Kelvin. However, the daylight on an overcast day is closer to 7000 degrees K and sunrise/sunset can be as warm as 3000 degrees (higher numbers are more blue; lower more red). Incandescent light is usually in the range of 2700 to 3200 degrees. Fluorescent other than full spectrum fluorescent is useless. LED not designed for photography are usually 3200 or 5000 degrees. So to reiterate Arizonarob, see the stuff in person.
 
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jimim

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Jun 20, 2016
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NE/Pa
Hi everyone. Figured I would show a few different things since I never owned a pool and was clueless about color water change and such so maybe this will also help someone else when they do their build out.

Diamond Brite: Super Blue. White base plaster with colored quartz pieces.

Finished plaster. You can see the quartz isn't through yet. So it's looking pretty white still.
Untitled by Jim, on Flickr

Fill color. Just to show how it will change.
IMG_8632 by Jim, on Flickr

Few days later. See how it changed already.
IMG_8660_HDR by Jim, on Flickr

Shade/Sunny Day Pic:
IMG_8848_HDR by Jim, on Flickr

And just to show how clear your water will be after winter opening using the TFP method!
IMG_8894 by Jim, on Flickr
 
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engrav

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As per kimkats at
new plaster streaked - is this how it is with plaster
for pool pics

Pics pools is tough. Depth is only one parameter. Sun no sun, angle of sun, clouds no clouds, position of camera, pump no pump, etc.

Our aim was to match Saratoga Passage.
Plaster is white plaster with marble Pacific dye from Quality Pools Group.
First pic of Saratoga Passage
Then pool at various times throughout the day.
Surely is true there is no such a thing as “thee” picture of a pool.
1 IMG_3134 SP.jpeg

7 am.jpg10-30.jpg14 pm.jpg19 pm.jpg
 

KeoniL

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Feb 10, 2019
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La Quinta, ca
This will be our attempt at having one place that we can view the finished product of various Plaster/Pebble/Quartz/Vinyl/FG/etc. pool finishes. Simply attach a good pic looking down at the steps and another one looking at the deep end to share how it looks at different depths. Make sure to share the Brand and type of your pool finish along with color and any extras you had added.

This will help all of our new users with potentially the hardest decision of the process. As well as show off our TFP pools.

We will be the best source online for this if we all contribute. Can’t wait to see this develop! :lovetfp:
Stonescapes Tahoe Blue mini pebble with tossed abalone.
 

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cunningmk

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Jul 29, 2017
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Southeastern PA
Here is Wet Edge Luna Quartz Bermuda finish. Close up is 9” deep, deep end pic is 8’ deep.
 

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