Refinish - Want smoothest & durable

Jayp21August 1, 2012

My plaster has become rough now where it takes a toll on the kids feet. This is my second plaster job and I want something more durable, yet smooth on their feet.

What is the best combination? Is it beadcrete or Pebble Sheen? I don't really care much what it looks like. I just want it to last a good 10-15 years and be smooth so my kids don't get sores on their feet.

I'm in Princeton, NJ, if anyone has an installer they would recommend as well.

Advice? Thanks in advance

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I am not a fan of Beadcrete. It's made of glass and that has two marks on it already. Glass and pools, IMHO, are not two things that go well together. We have freezing temps which leads to ice expansion. Glass loses. Glass that pops off in the Summer is very hard to see. If the bead breaks, we now have a potential sharp edge or two in the pool.


    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Have you seen pools in colder climates have problems with beadcrete?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 12:57PM
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When we remodeled our pool, we were considering pebble tec and pebble sheen, but were worried about how it would feel on our feet. We decided to use pebble fina (grigio) and love it! Its supposed to last a long, long time (20-25 years?). It is very smooth. Its like a colored plaster but much denser and it has these gorgeous tiny flecks of seashell (abalone?) in the mix that sparkle in the sunshine.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pebble fina info

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 2:50PM
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I will openly and honestly say I have not seen any issues with Beadcrete, I don't want to be the one that suggests it though. I can foresee the potential for risks and don't want to hear about one of my customers having an issue. I have a thing about glass and pools, as I said earlier. I won't suggest glass tile either.


    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 12:44AM
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Thanks for the advice.

Poolguynj, you steered me away from the beadcrete, as did another installer in the area.

terriolsen, my problem with pebblefina is that it's really just a harder plaster. I want an exposed aggregate for the longest lasting finish possible.

I think we've settled on pebblesheen, hopefully it's smooth.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 11:52AM
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Jayp21, did you go with Pebble Sheen, how do you like it now?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 1:58PM
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If you are looking for a smooth finish check out Eco Finish. A true plaster alternative. It doesn't stain or get rough like plaster and last 2 x as long. Not many people have heard of it, but I will bet in 5 years it will be a household name.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 8:30PM
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