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    Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    I've tried to attach a photo of the little orange spots that are all over my fiberglass steps. I've tried the vitamin C tablet and it doesn't work. I think I need to purchase a metal sequestrant but have no idea which one to buy. Help!
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    Have you tried rubbing the affected area with a trichlor tab? Perhaps it's organic
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    I don't have any trichlor tabs. Maybe if I pour HTH Chlorine over them and brush, I'll be able to tell if it's organic? I haven't shocked in a month or so, because my FC is always 5 and my CC is always 0. I could also try shocking too, I suppose!
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    Before spending $ on shocking, you could just pick up a tab at walmart or local HW store ...although liquid chlorine poured down a pipe to localize it to that area may due the trick. What is your CYA level?
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    I'd spend $2 on a single trichlor puck before I tried shocking. Once you're done with the puck you can use it in an old floater if you have one, or the skimmer. Just be sure to leave the pump running till it's gone if you do that.
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    Okay, I tried scraping the spots with a trichlor puck, and with TONS of scrubbing, they do come off. The issue now is that the spots have multiplied over the winter (I probably have 100 spots now), and scrubbing each little spot with a trichlor puck at 2-3 minutes each is going to take me all summer. Any other abrasives I could safely use on fiberglass pool steps? (There are no spots on the sides/bottom, thankfully.) Is a copper scouring pad okay? What about a pressure washer? Thanks for the ideas!
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    Forgot to mention that my CYA level is very low. Not sure if that's part of the spotting problem, but at least using a trichlor puck shouldn't cause any CYA issues. I need to have my water tested for iron/copper. Will post results.
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    You can try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser. They work really well at removing stains from plastics & fiberglass.
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    Re: Little orange spots all over my steps -- help!

    Yes, I tried the Magic Eraser, but it doesn't work on these spots. Works well on dirt, though.
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