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NOLA- Pool Refinish - PebbleSheen or no?

Posted on 7/11/23 at 10:33 am
Posted by NOFOX
New Orleans
Member since Jan 2014
9908 posts
Posted on 7/11/23 at 10:33 am
I need to refinish my pool and want to use PebbleSheen. I have a 15k gallon 15x30 pool.

I received a replaster quote from Kingfish for $8k ($5500 to chip and install white plaster + $2500 for color upgrade).

I also received a quote from a PebbleTech certified builder, but the replaster was $13,500 with PTSheen being a +$4300 upgrade.

Several people warned me about Kingfish and they were ready to start immediately, so I won't use them. However, I am trying to reconcile the $5,500 discrepancy on replaster for the PT certified installer.
Posted by Ziggy
Member since Oct 2007
21502 posts
Posted on 7/11/23 at 11:32 am to
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Several people warned me about Kingfish

What's the deal with them?
Posted by GeauxldMember
Member since Nov 2003
4371 posts
Posted on 7/11/23 at 11:44 am to
I don’t think pebble tech feels good on the feet, so I wouldn’t opt for it, personally. It’s supposed to be more durable than plaster, but water chemistry is the most important factor. Don’t keep up with your chemistry, and your finish isn’t going to last as long. Period.

Call one of the plastering companies directly— Baldo’s and Salazar’s in the NOLA area. They will try to give you the same quote the builders do. Tell them you had a quote from someone else out of BR for $x (~15-20%) less and see if they’ll match.

I assume you’re not replacing your waterline tile?
Posted by NOFOX
New Orleans
Member since Jan 2014
9908 posts
Posted on 7/11/23 at 12:44 pm to
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I assume you’re not replacing your waterline tile?


The tile is in good shape so planning on it.
Posted by GeauxldMember
Member since Nov 2003
4371 posts
Posted on 7/11/23 at 5:56 pm to
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The tile is in good shape so planning on it.


If you have extras, make sure you hold on to them. Having a few tiles broken in the process isn’t uncommon.
Posted by ruzil
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2012
16860 posts
Posted on 7/12/23 at 8:20 am to
Save your money and just do regular plaster. I have pebble tech and I feel like it requires more brushing than my previous pools.

While it looks great when first installed, I think it starts looking a little dingy after a couple of years.
Posted by Kandy477
Member since Jan 2022
16 posts
Posted on 7/13/23 at 10:37 am to
Look into [link=(ecoFINISH )]https://www.louisianapool.com[/link]
Posted by rltiger
Metairie
Member since Oct 2004
828 posts
Posted on 7/13/23 at 11:24 am to
Kingfish did a total refinish of my pool 12 years ago and it still looks great.

Only thing I have changed is @ 5 years ago, I went from a cartridge filter system to a sand filter. So much easier and all it costs me is a few more bags of salt a year.

This post was edited on 7/13/23 at 2:27 pm
Posted by poule deau
Member since Jan 2009
1402 posts
Posted on 7/13/23 at 11:27 am to
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Look into [link=(ecoFINISH )]https://www.louisianapool.com[/link]


Do you have direct experience with these guys?

I have been on their waiting list for 4-5 months
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