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    Diving board base - Removing/Preventing Rust

    I have a diving board base that has started to rust significantly. I'm not ready to replace the whole board and base yet. I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for removing the rust and painting the base so it looks nice again. I was reading this older post from 2010: How to prevent/remove rust on diving board base and saw references to white Herculiner. The only Herculiner I've found is black.

    Anyone have thought on how to fix this in 2016?

    Thanks very much!



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    Re: Diving board base - Removing/Preventing Rust

    I had mine blasted and re powdercoated after 1 year, its now been 4 and it is still good except a couple very small specks, cost approx $250.00. The stainless would be the best although hot dip galv would also be good. As was stated in the link all stainless should be passivated to remove any tiny amount of iron that may be there, they can also be electro polished which achieves the same thing.
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    Re: Diving board base - Removing/Preventing Rust

    Thanks @bobby1017.

    I ended up stripping the rust using a wire brush attachment on my drill and applying a coat of Loctite Naval Jelly Rust Dissolver. After cleaning off all of the rust, I painted a coat of white Sherwin Williams Oil Base Primer and then a coat of white Sherwin Williams Oil Base Gloss paint. Total cost was about $80 after I replaced some of the washers, nuts and gaskets underneath the diving board that had rusted out a lot. Here's how it turned out:
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    Re: Diving board base - Removing/Preventing Rust

    Looks good! Some ascorbic acid/Vit C or diluted muriatic acid should clean up those rust stains on the deck.
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    Re: Diving board base - Removing/Preventing Rust

    Google "electrolytic rust removal". You use a battery charger or DC power source to convert the rust to a soft material that comes off easily. I did mine a couple of years ago. Repainted it with marine paint and primer.

    Here is a picture of my stand in the solution:

    and here is a picture of the steel I used as an electrode in the process:

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