Last year I asked the pool builder why he did not use the salt water diving board base from SR Smith instead of the regular one he uses since I'd be going with saltwater. His answer? "I've never seen one rust and my supplier can't get the salt water base". I pushed the issue and 3 weeks later they were pouring the concrete. Next day, he tells me that his supplier finally got back to him saying that he could get the salt water base but of course it was now too late.
Fast forward to this year, I install the diving board in the spring and two months later the **** thing rusts
I call him, he inquires SR Smith that tells him "the customer should have used the salt water base". His supplier tells him that he should simply powder coat the base and it would solve the issue since that's all what SR Smith does.
Is this actually the case? Is there something else they should do? I googled a bit for powder coat and I see that sometimes they add a rust inhibitor? I want to be sure to tell the pool builder exactly what to do to solve the situation, I don't want the **** thing to rust again next year. FYI, my water parameters are bang on according to the pool school.