Replacing pool coping!

Old 09-05-04, 09:07 AM
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Replacing ugly pool coping! Help!

We have a vinyl-lined, aluminum-sided (we believe), in-ground pool with a flanged coping 10.5 inches wide extending around the entire pool. The coping, which is probably made of fiberglass, seems to be an integral part of the pool structure and therefore cannot be detached. Outside the coping, at a level about 2 inches lower, there is bluestone laid in sand.

The previous owners of the house covered the coping with a dreadful bright blue indoor/outdoor carpeting, which besides looking ugly is beginning to fray, although it still adheres pretty well thanks to whatever cement they used. While we know that we could build up the area around the pool, and cover the offending carpeting with decking, the quote we received for doing this was outlandish-- I mean REALLY outlandish.

The question we have is this: if we pulled up the carpeting and cleaned any surface dirt off the remaining hardened cement, is there a product or material which we could then trowel or otherwise spread on the coping which would provide an attractive, even and safe surface?

We want to be able to landscape further around the pool, but without dealing with this carpeting, it all seems in vain.

(If this isn't the correct forum, also, where else should I post?)

Old 01-17-05, 07:27 PM
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Hi Tasia, sounds indeed like a fiberglass pool, after removing the old carpet, cleaning, via sanding ? acetone ? whatever method you finally settle on, the fiberglass can be painted, see your local pool store fro colors, nelsonite, kelley technical coatings, ramuc manufacturers, and im sure there are more, or if you have a home depot, lowes, osh they have marine varnish where you mix a hardner with a selected amount of translucent base, [ you can add a color during the mixing process] aply with spray, brush, or roller spray does a more professional job, if you would like a mat finish for non slip, make a shaker out of say a large season salt shaker, pour # 30 silica sand in the shaker and after applying a coat shake the silica sand on .

raising the existing deck 2 " is a little more tricky due to the new concrete needing to adhere to the old , i suggest you post on the building forum under concrete and ask what is recommended procedure for adhereing the old to the new.

hope this helps some.


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