Squeaking a Few Years out of Rusted Coping

kafox001

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Jun 10, 2019
43
New England
Hello,

First let me start off by saying I understand just how bad this looks. Know that we are planning on doing pretty much a complete rebuild in a few years once the vinyl liner goes. We would be doing a new liner, pool deck, coping, plumbing and equipment, but I need to get a few more seasons out of this thing in the meantime.

The pool was originally installed in 1977 and I believe the coping to be original. It is an interesting 2 layer coping with the bottom layer being steel and the top layer being aluminum. The aluminum is in good shape besides being weathered, but the steel part is basically rotting away into nothingness in certain places.

My plan is to remove existing caulking, clean, sand, rustoleum prime and rustoleum paint (or whatever rust primer and paint is recommended) both layers of coping and then add a thick bead of caulking to seal the coping to the concrete.

I am looking for recommendations on what I can use to fill in the sections where the coping has pretty much rotted away. I know that nothing will look perfect and nothing will last, but I just need a stop gap measure. I am thinking some sort of fiberglass resin or bondo type product, but open to any and all ideas.

Sad rusty photos are attached.

Thanks!
 

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kafox001

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Jun 10, 2019
43
New England
The closer I look at it, the side that seems completely rusted away is not actually any worse than the rest of it. It seems that because the pool deck is sinking on that side, its leaving a bigger gap than around the rest of the pool. I will have to clean up all the old caulking and whatnot so see what I am really dealing with.

Still looking for recommendations on how to fill that gap. Thanks!
 

kafox001

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Jun 10, 2019
43
New England
You could mix a small bag of hydraulic cement and trowel in a 45 from the top of the coping to the walkway. Looks good!
That may be a good option. Will have to do some research on it.

Haha, I am not even hoping for "good", just want it to look "not terrible" for a few years until we can replace.
 

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kafox001

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