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    Rough coping edge - suggestions on smoothing it out?

    So I completed my install, poured the cantaliever coping and deck, removed the coping forms and overall it looks fantastic (finished in October, safety cover installed).
    Of course it's way to cold out to work on the pool but I'm looking for your suggestions on best practices for smoothing the coping edge when it warms up.

    I've watched a few videos but none really show how to smooth the rough edges. Im thinking of using a palm sander (GFCI of course) and sanding the entire edge but not sure if It will work or if I would need to apply anything when done.
    Local concrete guys haven't done pool coping so no advice from them.

    Let's hear your ideas for best results please.
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    Re: Rough coping edge - suggestions on smoothing it out?

    A grinder will be much more effective.
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    Re: Rough coping edge - suggestions on smoothing it out?

    This post needs pics.
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    Re: Rough coping edge - suggestions on smoothing it out?

    I have a grinder, belt sander, palm sander, etc.. What grit wheel or pad? Start with 60 and move up or should I get one of the concrete wheels? I'm concerned with not being able to smooth the radius if I use a wheel.

    I'll take some pictures this week if it stops raining and warms up a bit. (have to remove the safety cover to get the pictures.
    Ron- Kansas. IG fiberglass, Riviera 30 Freeform 13600 gallons,
    EasyTouch 4 w/IC20 SWCG, Pentair Whisperflo 1hp, 2 speed 220 pump, Hayward ProGrid 4820 DE filter using Eco Klean instead of DE, 2 Savi Melody 12v 5 color LEDs, Raypack 266k btu millivolt heater, Arctic Armour Mesh custom safety cover (Total self Install) TF-100 test kit w/Magic stir.

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    Re: Rough coping edge - suggestions on smoothing it out?

    It will be hard to give a definitive answer until we see the condition it's in.
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    Re: Rough coping edge - suggestions on smoothing it out?

    Carborundum stone from Home Depot. $24

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    Re: Rough coping edge - suggestions on smoothing it out?

    Concrete grinding discs for angle grinders are avaulable at your local home improvement store. If you do not have an angle grinder, Harbor Frieght has an inexpensive 4 1/2" unit that should last the job.
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