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

renesme

Gold Supporter
Jul 5, 2018
142
Katy, TX
Pool Size
9100
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Here we have Wet Edge Signature Matrix in Caribbean - which is blue plaster with tan-family aggregates. Pictures were taken in the morning, full sun. The Tanning ledge is 6 inches, first step/bench is 18 inches, shallow end is 4 feet, deep end is 6 feet. It's just the perfect shade of turquoise! Exactly what I wanted.
 

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DreaSlown

Member
Mar 27, 2021
22
OCEAN BRZ PK, FL
Pool Size
18700
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-20
Jewelscapes Yacht Club Blue
Day 28
I took pics in full sun and at dusk. The sunshelf is approx 10 inches deep. The deep end is not quite 6 ft.
I also included a picture of the finish while the pool was filling.

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rbarci910

Active member
Aug 12, 2020
29
Phoenixville, PA
I haven't seen many pics of Diamond Brite colors so I wanted to share in case anyone is trying to make a decision with that brand. This is is Tahiti Blue (mix of Super Blue and Tahoe Blue.) First pic is day after fill, second pic is about a week later and last pic is a little less than two weeks.
 

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Ellen M

Bronze Supporter
Oct 25, 2020
105
San Diego
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Pebble Tec Arctic White Pebble Sheen

Many have asked for photos of the lighter colors, especially the Arctic White Pebble Sheen. I have attached a few post acid pictures as I sit here watching the pool begin its fill. Tomorrow I will upload a picture of the pool after start up completed. All that follows is of course IMO, so please know everyone's taste is individual. We had NPT midnight blue and were very unhappy with it. It was too dark, mostly lagoon/black or emerald green in full sun. Two colors we didn't want. This time we did a 180° and went with Pebble Tec Arctic White Pebble sheen with the added 1.5 bags of the luminous blue bead blend per batch. Post acid wash we are very happy. We also set/laid the Lightstream Beach Shell benches and stair trim straight vs wave pattern as noted on their website. For our taste it is a much cleaner look, especially on our small stairs and straight line designed pool. The waves would be great on free form pools, sun shelves or rounded stairs, in my opinion.

I hope these pictures help. This finish is white as noted in first picture. The closeup of a partial spa bench with the lighting makes it look less white. The rock is clearly white with some grey hint, as advertised on the Pebble Tec website.

Below are the final pictures of the Pebble Sheen Arctic White with 1.5 bags of luminous blue bead blend for this Pool finish and color viewing thread. Feel free to reach out if there are any questions.
1-Pool full view of spa and pool√.JPG2-Deep end view with exit step & bench√.JGP.jpg3-Entry Steps and Spa View√.JGP.jpg4-Top Entry Step Lightstreams Beach Shell markers√.JGP.jpg
5-Entry Steps with Lightstreams Beach Shells√.JPG6-Spa top Step + Benches Lightstreams Beach Shells√.JGP.jpg7-Exit Step and bench with Lighstream Beach Shells√.JGP.jpg
 
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3asyB

Silver Supporter
Jan 7, 2019
155
CSTX
I started this thread 3 1/2 years ago and ultimately decided on tropics blue by stone scapes and after looking back i think my finish has faded significantly. Is this common?
 

Ellen M

Bronze Supporter
Oct 25, 2020
105
San Diego
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
I started this thread 3 1/2 years ago and ultimately decided on tropics blue by stone scapes and after looking back i think my finish has faded significantly. Is this common?
So sorry this is happening to you. I have an enormous amount of empathy as I have been through this experience over the last year.

Keep in mind I am not an expert on pools but according to experts I consulted regarding colored pigments, the answer to your question is Yes; they say ALL colored pigments will fade overtime.

Hopefully you are still able to focus on the many pleasures of your pool,

Ellen M.
 

jimim

Bronze Supporter
Jun 20, 2016
3,348
NE/Pa
That is the main reason I went white base with as much color from the quartz stones I could pick. Also I didn’t want to have issues with the color with the finishing team. We figured white base would hide more imperfections. I’m very glad I did. With our hard winters the colored plaster takes a beating when closed and not balanced and partially exposed or frozen on during the winter.
 

Jacquelyn1215

Well-known member
Jun 1, 2021
62
Austin TX
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
That is the main reason I went white base with as much color from the quartz stones I could pick. Also I didn’t want to have issues with the color with the finishing team. We figured white base would hide more imperfections. I’m very glad I did. With our hard winters the colored plaster takes a beating when closed and not balanced and partially exposed or frozen on during the winter.
Smart. I wish we had done that. I didn't know all of this at the time - that “Splotchiness” is more common with the darker PolishedScapes finishes. We chose Silver Reef and while I love the color and think it's beautiful, we're already seeing significant splotchiness throughout our pool. 😢 Waiting to have our plaster company come take a look to see what, if anything, can be done. If I did it all over again I'd do exactly what you did.
 

Mamabear2

Member
Aug 24, 2022
9
CA
I think Anvil will give you the dark color your looking for. The techo block onyx coping does get warm, we haven’t had extremely hot weather yet but it was 85 out the other day and it was hot but I was still about to walk on it with bare feet. We have a dark grey waterline tile that matches the coping close. We originally wanted a darker plaster but didn’t want to spend the large upgrade price for it so we stuck with French grey which gave the water a pretty tone that contrasts nicely with the dark coping.
Hi Liz, starting pool decisions. Do you find French grey changed over the year? I’m torn bc I see some French grey too light for what I want achieved but others like yours that is dark enough. Also, do you mind telling me your waterline tile? Is it matte or glossy? Love that it matches the coping.
 

Liz315

Bronze Supporter
Jul 12, 2020
321
NJ
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Hi Liz, starting pool decisions. Do you find French grey changed over the year? I’m torn bc I see some French grey too light for what I want achieved but others like yours that is dark enough. Also, do you mind telling me your waterline tile? Is it matte or glossy? Love that it matches the coping.
I love the French grey color. It’s dark enough for me and I wanted very dark just didn’t want to pay the premium price.

This is the waterline tile. It’s matte but not shiny not flat

 

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