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Combination aggregate finishes are stronger and just as smooth if applied correctly. 1 part white cement and 2 parts marble dust is generaly a good marcite finish.On exposed aggregate finishes such as "diamond brite" exposing it by acid washing takes 2 years off of the lifespan. Wait until it needs washing and then do it.

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Q: Is plaster or combination aggregate surface better for a gunite pool in the North East?
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