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    Sunscreen in pool

    Hello all,

    Is chlorine at shock level enough to eliminate sunscreen oil from pool water, or do I need some sort of enzyme treatment as well? Sorry if this is a FAQ, but I searched the site with no definitive answer...

    Thanks,
    Dave
    20K gal IG plaster pool, Manually chlorinated with 6% bleach, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite Dura-Glas II pump, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE filter, Polaris 280

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    Re: Sunscreen in pool

    Any reasonable level of FC will break down sunscreen, but it takes a while. Going up to shock level will speed things up, but it will still take a while. For low to medium amounts of sunscreen, a scum bug, or something similar, in the skimmer can help soak it up. For really large quantities, an enzyme treatment is called for.
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    Re: Sunscreen in pool

    Thanks, Jason.

    I'll try the scum bug.
    20K gal IG plaster pool, Manually chlorinated with 6% bleach, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite Dura-Glas II pump, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE filter, Polaris 280

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