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lam

Light gray plaster

Postby lam » Sat 17 May, 2008 00:10

Does anyone have light gray plaster that wouldn't mind offering comments on the water's appearance? I am shooting for a very light blue look. I considered white as well but it seems sometimes this can give the water a light green look... :?


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plaster

Postby Guest » Sat 17 May, 2008 00:45

i care for a pool that has a light gray gunite/marcite finish, and with the rock wall and waterfall combined with that finish gives the pooll a sort of cave like apperance, crystal clear, but no blue hue whatsoever. By the way, gunite/ plaster pools are considerably higher in price and maintainence/ refinishing costs, in addition to being rough on the skin and swimsuits.. vinyl liner is a much better choice
lam

Are you saying

Postby lam » Sat 17 May, 2008 14:57

Thank you Pool User. What color is the water then? When you say "cave" I am assuming everything appears too dark?
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light grey plaster

Postby muss08 » Sat 17 May, 2008 17:07

With light grey plaster pools the bottom appears almost black. Most "black" plaster pools are actually a gray but look black when wet. as "pool user" stated you will have no blue color at all with a grey or black plaster pool. White plaster pools dont have a greenish look unless you have algae or copper in your water. not to start an argument- i prefer plaster pools to vinyl. more expensive, yes, but hold up better over time and if properly maintained feel just as smooth as vinyl. both have their pros and cons.
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Light gray plaster

Postby unhappy » Tue 17 Mar, 2009 16:30

lam wrote:Does anyone have light gray plaster that wouldn't mind offering comments on the water's appearance? I am shooting for a very light blue look. I considered white as well but it seems sometimes this can give the water a light green look... :?


If you are looking for a light blue look, grey plaster is definitely NOT the way to go. We just spent a lot of money on a custom home that now has a pool that looks like it has pond water in it. The water, which is directly next to crisp white and blue tiles with white grout has a light green appearance.
A definite disappointment!!! because, I too, was hoping for a soft blue appearance.
Guest

Light gray plaster

Postby Guest » Mon 02 May, 2011 19:38

These people are wrong. You can simply google gray plaster pool pictures to find plenty of gray plaster pools and the beautiful blue water they create.
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Light gray plaster

Postby czechmate » Mon 02 May, 2011 20:53

Pool User wrote: You can simply google gray plaster pool pictures to find plenty of gray plaster pools and the beautiful blue water they create.


I agree with that completely. One example would be of French Gray version of DiamondBrite.
Be aware of one thing, though. Application of any shade of gray is fairly difficult for any experienced crew. You should be prepared for some darker and lighter patches. It comes from several reasons, like poor mixing, different batch bags, overworked/ burnt spots, spike marks, etc.
It is usually the owner that sees it most, since we see it daily in calm water, when pump is not running. When you have visitors in the water and pump is running it is not visible.
On the other hand, if you expect perfect plaster for your money, you may want to go to a light color DiamondBrite in blue.
Note: the spike marks from finishers is hard to conceal on anything but pure white. It blends in little better on blue DiamondBrite because of it's multicolor blend.(Still takes a while to accept it).
But on sigle shade of gray it stands out more.
If you get a bad crew, you will not be a happy camper for a long time.
Good luck hunting!!
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Light gray plaster

Postby Bluedevils » Thu 05 May, 2011 14:58

I, too, am considering a blue/grey plaster - my guy says he can mix the two colors of Sunstone Select - granite + sapphire - to make a beautiful color. Should I also be worried about nail marks, etc?

Also, what color/shade of tile would you recommend with this plaster color + large rock waterfall? I can't decide whether I need to keep the tile darker, like the water, or go lighter for contrast? BTW, we are also redecking and can select any color there.... I've considered greys, taupes, and blues? Which is best?

would appreciate any thoughts on tile colors!
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Light gray plaster

Postby czechmate » Thu 05 May, 2011 22:11

Bluedevils wrote: Should I also be worried about nail marks, etc?

Also, what color/shade of tile would you recommend with this plaster color + large rock waterfall? I can't decide whether I need to keep the tile darker, like the water, or go lighter for contrast? BTW, we are also redecking and can select any color there.... I've considered greys, taupes, and blues? Which is best?

would appreciate any thoughts on tile colors!

The spike marks are result of pushing the colored plaster apart than filling with the top diluted plaster which does not have as much dye or quartz in the mix. It is not visible during the finishing time, due to the sun reflection and being wet.
I look at it this way: We all admire color of ocean water in Hawaii without being critical of messy bottom full of ugly black lava. So some imperfections should not be so alarming. Specially, that you do not see them when there is not dead calm surface.
I was merely pointing out not to expect perfect homogenous hue, trough out the pool bottom. (That is not to say that you should not strive to get really good crew).
As far as tile goes, you may find non-gloss surface solid 6x6 tile in a aqua green/blue or blue/green with a slate like surface pretty rewarding. ( Glossy tile from little mosaic looks fancy in the supply store and even in the new pool. It is a different story 5-6 years later when the minerals start creating maps of deposits).
Minimizing amount of grout, that will age and discolor by selecting gray or colored, matching the hue of the tile will save you meticulous cleaning if the algae ever gets in it.
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Light gray plaster

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