The above pictures are of the same pool, on the same day, from the same angle. This pool has been plastered with a Medium Gray finish. The only difference between the two pictures is the time of day they were taken. The left picture was taken in the morning; the picture to the right was taken in the afternoon. The feel and look of the pool water changes throughout the day. This is true of any plaster color or finish; however, the difference is more dramatic with a colored plaster.
We cannot stress enough that you are picking a water color; not a plaster color, when you go with a colored plaster finish. For example, the most desired look is a slightly deeper, but more natural shade of blue water. This look is created by using shades of Light Gray to Medium Gray plaster, not blue plaster. If you aren’t comfortable with a natural look, or with the idea of shade variations, colored plaster might not be right for your pool. If you have any hesitation at all after seeing pictures of colored pools, we strongly suggest you see one in person before you make your final decision.
It is important to speak directly with a knowledgeable plaster applicator about colored plaster finishes before you decide to go with one. Every pool finished with a colored plaster will be different and there are many factors involved in the resulting look. By speaking with an applicator directly you will know what your expectations should be from a colored plaster. They should be able to suggest colors that will sway the tone of your pool’s water color in your desired direction.
Diamond Brite aggregate plaster
As of 2018, David E. Callahan Pool Plastering Inc. now only offers Diamond Brite aggregate plaster finishes. We do not offer the Watercolors line of Diamond Brite product.
In 2017 and prior years, David E. Callahan Pool Plastering used to create a blended plaster finish using Portland cement, marble dust aggregates, standard plaster additives, and optional quartz aggregates and / or dyes.
We feel that Diamond Brite is a superior finish versus what were blending in terms of overall appearance and bonding strength. Our pools are prepped with Diamond Brite Bond Kote. SGM offers a 10-year cost of material warranty to all pools with a completed form within 30 days of the plaster application and a monthly print out of proper water maintenance.
Diamond Brite is usually installed as an exposed pool surface finish. By exposed, we mean that after the plaster is troweled smooth, the surface is exposed with acid to reveal more of the quartz crystals before the pool is filled. A consequence of exposing the crystals is that a textured surface is created. While this method shows the quartz prominently, the textured surface is often rough and undesirable. As the years go by, the plaster finish will still be strong and in good condition, but the surface will have become extremely abrasive. Unfortunately, this may cause you to consider replastering your pool due to discomfort.
That being said, we do not expose our finishes. We trowel the plaster smooth and fill the pool the same day. The aggregate in our plaster will not be as pronounced as that of an exposed finish, but our surface will be smoother. The natural weathering of the pool surface due to the normal addition of chemicals will naturally expose the aggregate over time. It will extend the comfort of a smooth surface and it will add strength to your plaster. It is important to us that you are pleased with your plaster finish now; and that you, your family, and friends will continue to enjoy it as the years go by.