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    Rust Removal

    Does anyone know what chemical I could use to get this rust stain off my skimmer plate? Obviously I don't want to use a chemical that's going to screw with my water chemistry. Thanks! Would some ascorbic acid do the trick?

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    Re: Rust Removal

    Naval jelly?
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    Re: Rust Removal

    You could also try white vinegar. I have used it to remove rust stains from concrete. Use a brush to scrub it with the vinegar.
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    Re: Rust Removal

    I would just mash up a bunch of Vitamin C tablets and make a paste and smear it on. I lifted some rust spots off the plastic patio table that way.
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    Re: Rust Removal

    I would also remove that screw and replace it with a new one.
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    Re: Rust Removal

    What Donny said, and then buy a cover plate that goes over your existing plate
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    Re: Rust Removal

    Hmm, where would one buy a cover plate for the skimmer plate? I never even knew they had something like that.


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    2.) Sand Filter
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    5.) 1HP/63GPM

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    Re: Rust Removal

    Found one on the Amazons! Thanks everyone.


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    Re: Rust Removal

    Glad you found them, 'cause I forgot where I saw them
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    2hp Whisperflo high performance pump, 1.1hp boost-rite pump for the cleaner,
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    Re: Rust Removal

    I ordered new screws and a face plate. Two questions: will removing these screws cause my liner to slip away from the skimmer and should I drain the water down below the skimmer to install the faceplate? Not sure if the faceplate forms a water tight seal around the skimmer plate or if it's more of a decorative thing.


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    Re: Rust Removal

    Hi Todd,
    I missed your last post. I just went out and took my face plate off. There was a gasket between the face plate and the liner. There is also a gasket between the liner and skimmer. Hayward SP1084FGR Gray Snap on Face Plate Cover Replacement for Hayward SP1084 Skimmers on Amazon and elsewhere, not sure of your color, it snaps on over the face plate hiding screws.
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    2hp Whisperflo high performance pump, 1.1hp boost-rite pump for the cleaner,
    250k BTU MasterTemp heater, LetroLegend pool cleaner, Hayward TurboCell GLX-CELL-15 chlorine generator
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    Re: Rust Removal

    So they way mine looks is I have the skimmer plate with screws, then the liner, then the nasty exposed pool wall, then the skimmer. I just had the liner installed last year. I don't know why the installer didn't do something about that nasty rusty ****. I'll take a picture of it when I get home that shows the pool wall.


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    Re: Rust Removal

    Here are some pics.








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    Re: Rust Removal

    I read another forum tonight that said to drain the water below the skimmer and then use aquarium silicone on the rust.


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    3.) In-ground
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    Re: Rust Removal

    Hi Todd,
    The brown you see behind your liner is a gasket, possibly two. Where mine had a gasket on either side of the liner it looks like yours has both behind your liner.
    Did your new plate come with a new gasket? On mine when I took it off the old gaskets tore, they aren't designed for re-use. I would use new ones.
    The installer didn't do a very good job at your skimmer, or at least I should say that the faceplate on mine hid both the cut edges of the liner and gasket.
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    2hp Whisperflo high performance pump, 1.1hp boost-rite pump for the cleaner,
    250k BTU MasterTemp heater, LetroLegend pool cleaner, Hayward TurboCell GLX-CELL-15 chlorine generator
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    Re: Rust Removal

    I agree 100% about the installer not doing a good job. There is something about the service industry in the Memphis area.... They all suck. Plumbers, HVAC, pool contractors, mechanics, etc. Every single one of them that I have dealt with over the years have always been the type to cut corners. Whatever gets them finished so they can move on to the next job. I don't know what it's like in other cities but Memphis, TN is rampant with that type. The new one should arrive today. It's just the snap on faceplate to hide the screws.


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    2.) Sand Filter
    3.) In-ground
    4.) Vinyl Liner
    5.) 1HP/63GPM

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