Finally decided to get the vinyl liner replaced. Looks like it's OEM and
about 15 years old. Estimate for the liner replace, moving one ladder and
adding a handrail next tothe steps comes to almost $4K.
The coping is made of tubular aluminum, about 2.5 - 3.0 " in diameter and
painted white but with a slightly rough finish. I'm told it sits atop and
is attached to the metal walls. It is installed prior to the concrete deck
being poured and concrete is then flowed into the open back side of this
coping. The finish (paint) is worn off in some places and is chaulky almost
Now the big question. How do I refinish this coping, in place? I know, I
know, I can have it all removed and replaced with tile bull nose or some
such for about $4K more. I just want to get it back to its original
condition for the next 15 years.
Suggestions to discuss this with a pool company or my local H-D paint
"specialist" are not useful.
I'm the OP.
Thanks for the replies so far. Perhaps my requirement for 15 year life was
too much a fantasy.
I just located the original installer. He suggests cleaning with TSP (or
equivalent), then using Rustoleum flat white w/ a bit of sand added for
texture. Apply w/ a brush.
BTW, Richard...I enjoy your site. Thanks for sharing.
Aluminum is about the toughest thing to coat, because stuff won't stick
to oxidized aluminum, which is to say, the surface of any aluminum in
the earthly atmosphere.
You have a big job ahead if you want something that will last.
You must first remove all that old coating and sand the bare metal.
I would then consider a costly polyurethane marine paint system. By
system I mean you have primers specifically for aluminum as well as
finish coats. For example, the Valspar marine polyurethane enamel
(which Home Depot sells, or used to, as it has been recently on
clearance here) starts with a vinyl wash primer with reducer, followed
by vinyl zinc chromate primer in two coats, followed by two to four
coats (!) of the finish enamel.
Polyurethane will stand up to pool chemistry.
Epoxy is another candidate, but that's even more work.
15 years is optimistic for any polymer exposed to pool chemistry and
On Mon, 17 Jul 2006 13:59:42 -0400, "Craven Morehead"
I put my pool in a little over 30 years ago and basically it sounds
like your pool is a copy of mine..
I have repainted the aluminum coping a couple of times over those 30
years...its not much of a job...and I did it when I replaced the liner
about every 10-15 years...
I roughed up the coping with wet/dry sandpaper before for I removed
the water and old liner... 1st time I painted the copping with spray
paint from inside the pool (the floating painter).. I also tried to
paint the copping after I had removed the old liner and found it was
harder to paint that way.
BTW No way will I pay "much" to install a liner ..just too easy to do
and it only takes a couple of hours of work at most...the rest of the
day is spent waiting for the tanker trucks to haul in the water (7
Lots of luck... But to be honest I have had my pool for over 30 years
and I am not fussy trying to make it look brand new... on a Hot day,
and after 3-4 Bloddy Mary's and it looks (and feels) just fine...
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