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@Bagwain Thank's for your many informative posts over the years.

I've still gotta get back to you about replacing the sand in my filter with what you recommended. Haven't forgotten.

The pic is of the other stairs from a stainless mob and they haven't shown the pitting and bursts like the other stairs and both been in the salt water for the same time.20190515_093151.jpg

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I believe there are liquids to tell 200 series from 304 I think the 304 stays green and the 200 series will discolour.

 

I have seem my share of "local" stainless steel wall spikes that pit and discolour on residences very near the coast. 

 

To test for 304 vs 316 one needs a bit more and kits cost around $500. 

 

For the OPs ladders just take them in for an annual polishing ? Or get them polished and then clear powder coat? 

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I believe there are liquids to tell 200 series from 304 I think the 304 stays green and the 200 series will discolour.
 
I have seem my share of "local" stainless steel wall spikes that pit and discolour on residences very near the coast. 
 
To test for 304 vs 316 one needs a bit more and kits cost around $500. 
 
For the OPs ladders just take them in for an annual polishing ? Or get them polished and then clear powder coat? 
I got a block of that blue SS polish and some polish discs for the grinder, so will just polish like the guys did yesterday.
I will do one thing different than what they did yesterday and wear safety glasses and mask. :)

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On 5/11/2019 at 1:10 PM, VocalNeal said:

No such thing as "marine grade". For salt water you need 316 but likely your steps are 304 as they don't show much. 

 

I'm still going with the dodgy washers. Notice one of the washers/bolts exhibits no sign of corrosion!

 

Are the steps sealed at the top or open? If sealed you can cut some bits of bicycle tube to suite the curve in the treads and coat the support side with silicone and reassemble. This will stop the air leaking out and hence the water getting in. 

This looks like an Emaux pool ladder....they are 304 grade SS....I'm guessing you have a salt water pool. 

Mine is a lot worse than that and I have to replace it...316gd ladders are almost non existent in Thailand. Best fix....replace each 5 years

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This looks like an Emaux pool ladder....they are 304 grade SS....I'm guessing you have a salt water pool. 
Mine is a lot worse than that and I have to replace it...316gd ladders are almost non existent in Thailand. Best fix....replace each 5 years
Yes I think you are correct.
Even though I asked for high grade SS I got 304 grade. Now with a bit more knowledge I know that no regular SS shop is going to carry marine grade SS.
Stairs came up good with polishing and buffing.
Now I use a scower (pot cleaner) and clean off the rust spots when I see them.

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10 minutes ago, carlyai said:

Yes I think you are correct.
Even though I asked for high grade SS I got 304 grade. Now with a bit more knowledge I know that no regular SS shop is going to carry marine grade SS.
Stairs came up good with polishing and buffing.
Now I use a scower (pot cleaner) and clean off the rust spots when I see them.

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That is about the only thing you can do to keep it at bay!!

316 SS is way too expensive and that is the main reason that it is not used or stocked!

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On 8/28/2019 at 8:49 AM, carlyai said:

Yes I think you are correct.
Even though I asked for high grade SS I got 304 grade. Now with a bit more knowledge I know that no regular SS shop is going to carry marine grade SS.
Stairs came up good with polishing and buffing.
Now I use a scower (pot cleaner) and clean off the rust spots when I see them.

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Emaux do sell marine grade ladders but what I have found in the past the screws to connect rungs do not appear to be 316

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We have just got a new pool and I didn't want a ladder. We didn't build a deck, but put in a patio, so we built steps up to the pool out of composite wood and added a railing. New to tfp so I'm not sure if I can post a pic. But if you consider to get a pool laddder, read this article

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