I figure if it is stainless steel, I can/should just strip it & leave it unpainted.
So, how do I know whether it is stainless?
If it is not, what is your advice for repair? How to strip? How to paint so it lasts?
The pic with the exposed aggregate is just showing what it has always looked like there.
The hand rail on the shallow steps is also painted white, but it is not flaking off.
This is my 3rd year with an inherited pool.