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    Las Vegas, Nv

    Gray film above water line

    I have a gray stain/film just above the water line in my pool plus the plastic character thermometers have a blackish sticky feel to them. The black on the wall does not feel sticky. What is it and how do I get rid of it?
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    Re: Gray film above water line

    Can you post some test results please ?

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    Re: Gray film above water line

    A picture might be very helpful as well.
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    Re: Gray film above water line

    I bet you chlorinate with trichlor pucks. Something in them reacts with something to cause that scum line.

    Try removing the stuff with a magic eraser, you can find it in the grocery store with the household cleaners.
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    Re: Gray film above water line

    We get a gray type of film from sunscreen. We ask the parents to apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before their kids enter the pool, but they don't always do so and it forms a film on the tile above the waterline.

    Like Richard said, the magic erasers are what we use and they work great for removing it.
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    Re: Gray film above water line

    I get the same thing and it appears to come from the black oily sooty smoke from my Tiki torches.
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