Plaster color vs Water Color

stevenbrMay 22, 2007

We're still trying to decide on plaster color. Even looking at pictures, or even looking at other people's pools in real life can be confusing.

Here's my question:

What does a given color of plaster result in, in color of water? Like...does gray produce green?? Etc?

This seems like a straightforward physics theory that should be common knowledge... but I haven't noticed it really being discussed. Please simplify this little decision for me...



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Gray (depending on the shade) produces darker shades of blues.
For instance, we have a dark gray plaster and our pool is a deep royal blue in the sunlight, in the shade it is pond-like.

Tans and sandy colors will produce a subdued green (not bright green)

White produces clear light blues as seen in traditional marcite pools.

Here is a picture of our pool in the sunlight and the color of plaster we have...

Our plaster color...

Our plaster after acid wash with aggregates exposed...

Our water color in the sunlight...

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 12:49AM
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This is exactly the information that I was looking for...however, I heard that gray can make the water look green. We are looking at RiverRok pebble aggregate plaster and trying to achieve that navy blue color. We feel that the Lucayan Blue is too light blue while the Opal Blue is too dark. We are trying to decide what mixture of blue, black and gray plaster to combine to come up with that navy blue color. Dishnell, could you share with us what plaster you used to come up with that navy blue color? Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 9:24AM
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We have french gray durazzo, a lighter gray than dischnell's. Our pool is medium blue with water. Darker than traditional white plaster but lighter than a lagoon look. No green whatsoever.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 9:48AM
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Ours is not a pebble finish. Ours is called Premix Marbletite Marquis and is a mixture of their colors Charcoal (40%) and Pewter (60%). Although it is not a pebble finish, people mistaken it for one all the time. We have the look we were wanting and the smooth texture DH required for his feet (and the kids too). It does have a lot of black, white, gray, turquoise, copper, silver aggregates along with some transparent cloud white small pebbles here and there I've noticed.

Ours has only been green once and that was immediately after filling before startup and before chemicals were added. This is typical for most any pool though. Once chemicals were added, it has been that deep royal blue color ever since. So don't freak out if you go with a color like this and it is green right after filling. Many people will tell you the same thing.

Here is a picture before chemicals and start up...

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 10:51AM
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Also, blue plaster gives you a bright blue pool, if you want that color.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 11:26AM
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Thanks for the info dischnell. We will be filling our pool for the first time in a couple of weeks (fingers crossed) and I would have freaked out if I had not read your note, and our pool looked that green at fill up time!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 12:09PM
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Thanks for the feedback.

Dischnell, I've been admiring your pool for some time now. I REALLY like your water color. My wife is reluctant to have water that dark, with small kids around, and we're concerned about how warm the temp will be in mid-summer in south Louisiana with a dark pool.

I think what we're trying to do, is to have water similar to yours, but slightly lighter... if possible.

As of today, I'm thinking that we probably need to use a shade of light gray.

Our pb is promoting the NPT Quartzscape material. Just as an aside, he says that Pentair owns NPT, therefore he gets a better discount on it. Their samples seem at least as nice as the Diamondbrite that he and the other pb around here have been pushing.

They're French Gray seems to have some gray, with a little black, less white, and less sparkly crystal looking things. If I had to choose today, I'd got with this one. (but I don't)

I'm wondering if this will result in any of that dark looking blue in your pool. hmmm....

Here is a link that might be useful: NPT Quartzscape French Gray

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 8:47PM
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The French Gray looks very similar to ours, possibly a little lighter, but can't tell for sure with the computer screen. The way you describe it, it sounds like it has very similar specks in it as ours does. I haven't heard of that brand, but it looks like a nice product. To be honest, I never heard of our brand either until a few PB's came out who used it. You always hear of "Diamondbrite". The best thing to do would be to ask your PB what water color would be produced from that color or maybe even see if you could go look at some pools in your area that they have installed the French Gray in. Maybe show him my picture and ask him to compare it for you.

We were originally going to go with the straight "Pewter" color from Premix Marbletite until we went to go look at a pool that had it. We are so glad we did that because it was absolutely NOT what we wanted. The water was more of a drab grayish color with lots of mottling and no different color specks. It was not even close in comparison to lighter color blue that even TWOCHICKLETS has above. That's what made us go look at the combination finish of the Pewter and Charcoal at another customer's house. We fell in love with the deep blue color and it was exactly what DH wanted. See if you can go look at some pools with the finish you are interested in. It is the best way to make a decision.

Regarding the dark color and small kids...I have a 3 year old and an 8 year old. You can clearly see in the aerial photo of our pool that you can see directly down to the bottom of the pool where the black drain cover is. Even in the picture of our pool when it was first filled and "green" you can see the PVC pipe shavings and the two drains at the bottom of the pool. I can't tell you how warm the pool will get, but our PB has told us that with no screen and the dark finish, we can expect to have a bath water temperature (which I prefer). This time of year it fluctuates between 79 in the mornings and up to 84 in the late afternoons. We are in the Tampa Bay area. I am hoping for warmer weather and warmer water or else I'll have to talk DH into solar panels :)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2007 at 9:16PM
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My Diamondbrite French Grey defintely adds a bit of a green tint to the water.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 12:14AM
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Thanks for your post. I am getting my pool remodeled this summer and I was going to go with white on the advice of the contractor. However, after seeing the grey in your pool, I think I might change my mind and go with that. It looks great!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 7:11PM
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Thanks :) and good luck with your pool remodel!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 9:00PM
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Thanks for all the feedback, especially Dischnell. You put so much work into your answer.

Seems the NPT Quartzscape is a relatively new product (that's scary, huh?) My PB admitted that he wanted to start using it b/c NPT is owned by Pentair, and he can get a better discount.

He brought me about 10 samples of the Quartzscape, which is more than I've seen from any other PB/manufacturer. Most PB's around here seem to use Diamondbrite.

From what I can tell, the Quartzscape French Gray is little nicer than the DB French Gray. DB has a few "tiers" of plaster, and I think the FG is on the lower end.

Hey TWO CHICKLETS !! Do you have any close up pics of your plaster? I'm going to scan around and see if you posted any.

Dischnell, I'm glad you like very warm water. I'm hoping ours won't be so warm. Hoping my 2 deckjets and wiiiide spillover will help keep things COOL!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2007 at 11:23PM
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This is a close up of the finish, but there is water on it. Hope it helps. Also, here they were pushing diamond brite as well. Diamond brite and durazzo are both manufactured by the same company, SGM. Diamond brite is finished with an acid wash while durazzo is wet polished with a machine. We thought that the durazzo felt alot smoother, that is why we picked it.

Here is a link that might be useful: close up durazzo french gray

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 8:41AM
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Is it just my computer? I can view the picture twochicklets.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 10:44AM
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If this doesn't work, it is photo 100 in my album.

Here is a link that might be useful: try again

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 10:52AM
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Our neighbor has Diamond Brite Blue Quartz, and after looking at a few sample pictures of it, this is the one we decided to go with, although our pool is in the gunite stage so we don't have pics yet. If you do a search in this forum for both "diamondbrite" and "diamond brite" (two words), a lot of posts will come up about that topic overall... worth reading through, especially since there do seem to be some mottling issues with the gray tones.

Check out this link for pictures of blue quartz, which I liked...

Here is a link that might be useful: Diamond Brite Blue Quartz

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 3:38PM
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Yes, we were lucky that we didn't have any mottling. Although we did look at this finish in another customer's pool and they didn't have any mottling either. I think most of the gray products that have mottling issues tend to be the lighter grays.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2007 at 9:37PM
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thanks again for all the feedback.

I'm really leaning toward the medium-light gray of the French Gray. Yesterday I put the sample on the pool surface (concrete as of now), and it's basically the same color of the bare concrete. Maybe I'll skip the plaster.

I've seen mottling, and pretty sure I can live ok with it.

TwoChicklets, thanks for the extra pics. You certainly have a beautiful pool/patio. Looks like you switched to a white cleaner.... looks like it matches better than the black...true?

What makes the Durazzo French Gray plaster you used? Durazzo? I did a google with no luck. Any mottling?


    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 8:14AM
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You are very observant! Yes, we started out with a black sweep and all black fittings and they stuck out like sore thumbs. We couldn't find the hayward phantom in gray so we got white and we think it looks better. All the fittings are now gray. Durazzo is made by the same manufacturer as Diamond Brite. It is called SGM, their website isn't working this a.m., but you can find it linked with lots of info on it on any pool builder's website that uses it.

It was so hard to decide on a finish color. I requested all kinds of custom mixes and finally decided on their standard french gray. We have no mottling. We asked to see a pool finished with this exact product before we (I) picked it. This delayed everything a week while the PB found me one to look at.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 9:20AM
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Interesting... DiammondBrite.

When I began my discussions with my pb in early March, he was pushing D'brite.

Now he's changed allegiences, and now to NPT/Pentair Quartzscapes. I'll have to discuss this issue with him further. I'm even wondering how new this product is, and how many installations he's actually done with it.... and I would be surprised if he has done one in the exact color that I choose.

So I'm guessing that your pretty happy with your selection? What part of the country are you in? Also guessing by your pic dates, that you haven't went through a summer with it yet, to give any advice on resulting temps?

Too many questions?

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 9:32AM
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Here is another example of water color. I think the water color in the shallow end looks like regular white plaster. I have the 3M crystals that you can see in the closeup, but it's not regular plaster. It is something called Ultrapoz. We had extra crystals added so I think the surfaces itself looks like a cross between the Cool Blue and the Blue Quartz based on this link to the Diamondbrite samples. I wanted more of that blue Listerine color, but I didn't quite get that. I'm still happy with it though.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scroll down the page

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 10:50AM
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Hi Again Steve,

No, not too many questions, I love *talking* about my project. We are in the Dallas area. My kids have been swimming alot. They are the reason we went with durazzo. It is alot smoother than diamondbrite because of the application. (polish rather than acid wash) They are 6 and 8 and asked not to have pebble. I picked the color for very much the same reason as your wife. I want to be able to glance at the pool and see the bottom. Intellectually I know that the water is clear and even in a dark black bottomed pool I would be able to see if anything was down there, but psychologically I wanted it much lighter. I knew that I did not want white plaster and I knew I didn't want it to look like windex. I love the navy blue look, so I split the difference. I also think that because our pool is geometric as opposed to freeform, the lighter color just goes with it. We are very happy with our selection.

I don't know anything about the product you are looking at, hopefully one of the pool builders on this site will chime in.

There was a thread going once where somebody referred to research on pool color and water temp. I think if anything, the water changed a degree or 2 for a dark pool. I am guessing mine is nil.

Lastly, my pool was green when being filled. I was prepared for that by this forum. Once the water was balanced it became blue and has remained so ever since!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 11:03AM
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Houseful, Thanks for the pic and the link. I think your water matches your tile perfectly. Great choice. That link gave some nice info on plaster, and some good pics too.

I didn't realize that "Durazzo" was a different product line from SGM. Of course, seems their site is down today. Could you explain the difference between it and D'brite? Why does D'brite get all the love? I want everything... the perfect color, and smooth as fiberglass!


    Bookmark   May 27, 2007 at 2:54PM
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Here is a pool in Midnight Blue plaster with lots of kids in it. Our pool isn't that deep, but I've never had a problem seeing any of them down in the water.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 3:09PM
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Wow, very pretty pool, and I love the water color!

Midnight Blue... who's the manufacturer?

thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 6:26PM
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Thanks! The plaster is by the Pyramid Cement Co. in Fort Mill, SC. I think our PB uses them because they are local. The dry color is similar to dischnell's plaster. There is mottling, but it is uniform and I like how it looks.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 10:38AM
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Hi -- I am planning on plain ole plaster. I really want the "lagoon" color--- but PB is really pushing light gray due to mottling.

Does anyone have plain med or dark gray plaster with mottling, and do you mind it? I kind of like the mottling --- looks more like a natural lagoon bottom to me.

Is there a "slightly more expensive" than plain plaster product that is mottling resisitant?


    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 12:18PM
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I have a medium gray plaster with 3M Smoke added...I had the smoke added to extend the life, you can't really see the crystals much at all. We do have some mottling and at first it really bothered me but now I don't notice it at all...partly it faded a bit I think but mostly it's hard to notice unless you are specifially looking for it.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 12:35PM
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Is 3m smoke a pebble product?

Nice pool--- again, I like the slight mottling

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 12:45PM
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Thanks! 3M isn't a pebble product it's a Quartz additive that is supposed to extend the life of the plaster. Normal plaster is typically made with Marble sand, Quartz is a harder stone and is should to last longer...but when all is said and done its really just plaster.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 2:15PM
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tess tx-- about how much percent did the 3M product add above the cost of plaster?

All--- do you recommend this product?


    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 5:15PM
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I believe that it was about 2k additional but I'll double check tonight and let you know.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 6:07PM
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Hey Tess, How's Quinn?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 11:28PM
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Hi Dischnell, thanks for asking...he's doing great! He's up to walking 15 minutes twice a day and he's allowed back in the pool... the day his stitches came out and he could get in he headed straight for the waterfall and stood full under it for a good 5 minutes! Tess

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 10:36AM
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Must be nice to have a dog that likes the pool. I still can't get my Sadie in the pool for the life of me.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 3:29PM
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Really? not even on the shelf?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 3:32PM
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She'll go on the shelf, but not willingly. I usually call her over and "make" her go on the shelf. She just likes to drink out of the pool best. I'm trying to get her used to it, but I suppose if she's not a water dog, she's not a water dog. We'll see after the season is over.

...sorry to hijack the thread, I was just curious about your Quinn :)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 9:44PM
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I have a light to medium gray plaster and water is blue. I do have mottling but I also wanted that and like it.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 3:46AM
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Does anyone here have a pool with plain white plaster surface? Or, perhaps, could point to a realistic photo that is not an ad? We are just now building a new pool and trying to decide on the color. The contractor says that plain white plaster produces a nice gentle light blue water color, which, we think, we like - it should fit well in our landscape. However, several friends have told me that the pool would not look blue at all if I choose white color. Could you folks please provide some advice?

Many thanks,

    Bookmark   June 11, 2007 at 11:55AM
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constv: here's a picture of our friend's pool. Their pool is a year old with regular white plaster.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 2:06AM
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I want to add that you will get a light crisp blue color almost all the time since the water is reflecting off of the color of the sky; sometimes it could get a darker shade of blue depending on the angle and brightness of the sun but for the most part, you will get that refreshing blue water look. The picture shows the correct color but is only two dimensional so it's not nearly as pretty as if you see it in person.

However, light color plaster will show dirt on the bottom of the pool more easily. As for the spa, yes, there is very little blue there because there's less water to reflect off the sun so it shows more of the white plaster. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 2:22AM
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Does anyone have a photo of a pool completed with SGM's baja sand? We're trying to decide on a color that is dark, but not black-bottomed or murky-looking. We've chosen to go with the River Rok, but need suggestions on the color.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 6:25PM
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just adding my 2 pennies

better late than never! Here is our pool i used Dischnell photos to show my PB and the plaster foreman the color. Ended up matching the tile and wish i woul have gone a bit darker.. but i still love it. its a med to dark grey plaster with 3M agean green added to it...

right after fill

close up of plaster

last weekend

looks like it got lighter... but it may just be the time of day

Here is a link that might be useful: Our Pool Page

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 4:02PM
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Very pretty color. You did good with your mixture! Yours came out very similar to ours, a little lighter and more of the blueish-green specks, but it sure did turn out beautiful. Nice choice!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 4:50PM
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That is a pretty color. We are going with 3M French Gray. It will be interesting to see how everything turns out. Gunite will be done either tomorrow or Saturday :)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 5:22PM
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Thanks a lot for the answer and picture. That's exactly what I needed to see. I don't know if I should be concerned with the dirt at the bottom... We are installing a PCC 2000 automatic cleaning system that is, basically, a system of retractable jet heads positioned throughout the pool floor that work on a timer and 1) suspend the small dirt particles to be sucked into the filter; 2) push other debris towards the collector at the deepest point where the debris get caught and collected in an easily accessible canister - outside the pool. I was told that it practically allows to eliminate any kind of debri build-up at the bottom. Hope that's true.

I have been reading way too much negative stuff about colored plaster, its reliability and quality, maintenance problems, etc. Pictures in this forum look awesome, but I wonder if it indeed requires more maintenance... My contractor told me that white plaster is the most reliable of all types of plasters. He says that if one wants something that has awesome color, reliability, and a life-time warranty, they should go with "Pebble Matrix", not colored plaster. But that adds about 10K to the price of a pool that is roughly 20x40 ft.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2007 at 1:22PM
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That's exactly the advice my contractor gave me. I asked him about the dependability of plaster today as compared to twenty years ago, and he swears that if properly maintained a plaster pool will last over ten years. He is also a traditionalist for pure white plaster. He claims that a pigment will dye the surface of a sand grain, but when the surface wears off, what's left is the white sand grain. Based on price, I went with white plaster. It is also good to shop around. With my remodel, I had a half dozen contractors over to bid on the job. Adams Pools, a nationwide company that specializes in pebble, offered new coping, tile and pebble for a 12' x 22' pool with a 6' deep end for $15,000. I had some other mason and plastering companies from around the Napa and Sonoma County area of Nor Cal. all come in between $8-10,000 for coping and tile and basic white plaster. My neighbor told me about a local plasterer here in Sonoma who takes a few side jobs during the season, on top of his regular job. He came in at $7000. So far I'm happy with his work. He came in Saturday, ripped out all the old tile and sand blasted the pool. I told him about a booster system on the pool, that drains from a bottom outlet, goes to a booster pump, and passes back to 4 venturi jets at the front of the pool, giving it a jaccuzzi effect. The bottom line had a leak and has been abandoned for years. I didn't think abour repairing it as I assumed it would cost small fortune. Sunday, he came back with a saw and jack hammer, cut out about a 2-3' section around the drain and replaced the piping. He said he would presure test the line tomorrow and if the leak was near the inlet, hopfully he fixed it it. If it's somewhere else, then the pipe would need excavated and I'm certainly not going to go through that expense. The pool operates fine without the booster, but it sure was a nice feature. I'll keep my fingers crossed. The additional plumbing work he through in, and it wasn't even in the original contract, so so far I really happy with the way things are going.


    Bookmark   July 3, 2007 at 12:41AM
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Dischnell - if you're still out there and wouldn't mind doing so, can you please post a close up of the raised bond beam portion of your pool. We are designing our pool now and I like the way you have that set up.


    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 11:07AM
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I believe you are talking about our raised planter at the back of our pool that has our fountain jets spraying from it. This was a really inexpensive way to add a water feature. I believe the entire set up cost less than $295 (minus the fountain jets). A significant difference from the rock waterfall we initially wanted but didn't fit into our budget. It is raised 6" above our deck...

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 7:39PM
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I read your post about plastering. I'm in the process of making the difficult decision on what material/plasterer to go with. I'm located outside of Kenwood and am interested in the local plasterer you hired. Could you send me contact information?



    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 12:21PM
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Hi, Waterouzel:

I haven't posted to this forum in months and missed your message. I went with Donnovan Pool Plastering. He is an independent contractor who works for a plastering company in SR. He has his own business he does on the side. He will come in, drain your pool, tare out the old plaster, coping and do all the prep work, then he will bring in a tile company and the plastering co he works for in SR to complete the plastering and finish up. You just write one check, to him, and he takes care of everything else... he came in about $800 less than any other bidders. I had both the tile co. and the plastering co that he subcontracted submit bids for the project, and both of them were about $800 higher than him. A decent, hard working, no BS type of guy... highly recommended... Look up Donovan's Pool Plastering in the Sonoma phone book.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2008 at 11:55PM
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Nothing added, just plaster. I'm VERY happy with it, and it doesn't require anything extra other than a brush now and then. It does have some mottling, but not enough for me to even notice. No problem seeing kids at all depths (and it goes to 9'), we have lots of kids of all ages over often.

We have noticed that the color lightens up with the acid load is too low, but that may be a factor of our very hard water. I have only last summer photos, really need to get out there and do some more. Here is one that shows the color fairly well, or you can click around and see more.

Here is a link that might be useful: pool

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 8:42AM
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I am re-doing my pool. I will be using Triple AAA Tile and Plaster in Dallas. I am not sure whether to go with white plaster or white with blue specks. Does anyone have any input concerning this??

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 8:47PM
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If you scroll up about halfway you will see my pool with white plaster and blue specks. Sometimes plain white plaster, especially in shallow pools, will look more like a light aqua rather than blue. What color water do you want?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2008 at 9:59PM
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We're having a tough time choosing which 3M color to plaster our pool with. We saw French Grey with Smoke today, but it was a bit too grey. We want a true medium blue, not too greeny either. Help!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 7:55PM
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If you are still around did you end up going with QuartzScapes. We are going with it and I can not decide on French Gray or Midnight Blue. I'd love pictures and info from anyone on QuartzScapes, there isn't alot out there? Thanks.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2008 at 5:45PM
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Hi, am new to this forum but looked here for advice on pool plaster. Loved the look of "dischnell's" pool photos from may of 07. If dishnell is still out there, please respond. We copied your exact pool plaster of the Premix Marbletite Marquis/mixture of their colors Charcoal (40%) and Pewter (60%). Our pool looks like your first photo...the dark grey. Now pool co. has added acid and it looks no different. He does the acid water wash meaning the pool is already filled. he added more acid...still very little change. He says he is brushing it and I asked when it will look like your 2nd photo...he has never done this mixture so he is not sure. Any advice. Our pool co. does not communiciate well with us. We are frustrated and ready to swim. Any others please respond as well if have advice. THX

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 6:20PM
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Hi...I'm new too and also loved "dischnell's" pool. We want your same water color, but our PB uses 3M colorquartz, rather than the premix marblelite marquis that you used. I think we're going to go with caribbean blue plus dark gray plaster. Hope it turns out. Did they add dark gray to your premix or was the plaster already part of the premix? One 3M rep said that 3M gray with 3M black might give us your color being that your pewter is equal to gray and your charcoal to black. Another rep said that 3M has a color called cornerstone or another called flagstone that are mixes of gray and blk. Nobody seemed to know for sure, so we're kind of afraid of the blk.+ gray combo...which is why we're adding carribbean blue. If you have any thoughts or info on it, please let me know. They're suppose to do the plastering any time now and we're really stressed about the color. We haven't had a good experience so far with other work they have done for us, so this part is really scary. We hope we at least to get the color right.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2008 at 7:36PM
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I am trying to make the final decision re: my new pool floor surface finish. My objective is to create a "lagoon"-type finish to blend with the natural jungle-type environment/background. I want something darker blue but also need to be able to see if there's a SNAKE!!!!! in the (6-foot) deep end. I would like to see an actual finished pool in the Tampa, FL area before making my final decision. ANY help would be MUCH appreciated. My "critters" can hardly wait for their new "cement pond"!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2009 at 10:48AM
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gollygee- I just found this thread; did your pool color ever change to what you wanted (dishnell's color)? how did everyone else do with your color selections?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 12:51AM
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Help! I saw what my PB calls a blue-black colored plaster pool that was only 1 1/2 yrs old and it looked terrible! The walls were still dark navy, but the deep end was light blue and the rest of the pool was big splotches of of dark and light blues....not mottled as I understand mottled to be. I want to know if anyone out there has a dark navy colored plastered bottom that had a different experience. How old is your pool and did it "mottle" evenly throughout the pool? We're also looking at Pebbletec to get a consistant coloring, but the upgrade is pretty pricey. I'm just so afraid of my pool turning out like the one I saw. It's too much of an investment to skimp on the plaster/Pebbletec, but I feel like I may be being "up-sold" on the Pebbletec. I'd prefer the plaster if it fades evenly. My PB says to get the navy lake look, they would combine black and white plaster then put the blue dye in. The blue dye is what fades out. Thoughts?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 10:40PM
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We had a blue plaster based quartz (Sunstone) that we chose because we wanted the shallow parts, like a 12'x4' sun shelf to look blue as well. While the color was really nice, we did have a lot of mottling. We were warned and expected it, but the wife wasn't so thrilled. On pool 2 - we did Super Blue Diamonbrite - a white based plater with mostly blue quartz. Looks great, feels smooth, and is relatively inexpensive. It isn't as rich a blue as the blue or gray plaster colors give you, but the trade off is no mottling.

good luck - T

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 3:12PM
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Thanks! That helps! I think I won't be happy with the mottling since I tend to like things consistant in appearance. I think we're going to go with the PebbleTec Tahoe Blue color and just deal with the cost. I'd rather know what I'm getting and not worry about the mottling. I'm glad to hear you had a good experience with the DiamondBrite product. We had that in pool #1 and I think the problem was the people who "installed" it. We didn't have a great experience with it and it was sooooo inconsistant...we even saw a boot mark at the bottom of the low end from one of the guys! I personally don't think they knew what they were doing. Thanks again for your input on the plaster! :-)

    Bookmark   June 7, 2009 at 9:52PM
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This is a great thread! But I am still not sold on my color choice. I hate second guessing myself and only have a couple of days to finalize my choice. I chose DB French Grey today but saw the post about it having a greenish tint to it. I am going for a blue color and like the dark or deep blue look but not the windex look of the tahoe blue. My husband does not want a dark bottom pool so I thought the French Grey would be a happy medium for both of us. Any more pics of the Diamond Brite French Grey out there? Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 10:29PM
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DB does have custom mixes as well. You might want to look at steel blue. I believe it is 4 bags of tahoe blue and 2 bags of onyx. Don't quote me on the ratio but this is a great option to look at.

Good Luck

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 10:45PM
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This message is for Wacoanne.

Did Triple AAA do a good job with the replaster. I am having mine done fairly soon and plan to use the same company.

Any help would be appreciated.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 11:23PM
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Does anyone have a picture of this color?

I want a medium blue but more on the blue side and less on the gray side (whcih I think the French Gray woud give me).

Am I on the right track? I want to use Quartzscapes but need advice. Thanks!!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 3:56PM
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I have sunstone pearl-black pearl, it is a dark grey base with small pebbles of white, tan, black and brown-very natural looking, water is dark blue, but not black or too dark, you see the shimmering bottom, Michelle, I have pictures, I will se what page they are on now if you want to view it, I'll post it in a minuite!, Michelle

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 9:45PM
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page 8, july 12th post, under new pool pictures, michelle 16

    Bookmark   August 27, 2010 at 10:01PM
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We love the Diamondbright Midnight Blue plaster but have heard it can be more expensive than many of their other color options.Is this true??

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 2:57PM
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gollygee, did you every get your issue taken care of? I know your post is quit old but I just joined this forum today and I'm the other 50% owner of the dischnell pool.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 11:04AM
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Does anyone have a pool picture with the CrystalStone pool finish in either Blue Pearl or Island Blue Isle?
Trying to decide between the two and desire a light blue look. Thank you!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2012 at 11:40AM
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does anyone have pictures of Diamond Brite Steel Blue

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 8:42PM
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