Fastlane Stained Stainless Steel handle – a small miracle

After a few months of going around with Endless Pools and the folks at DesJoyaux, the DesJoyaux folks hit upon a workaround if not a solution for my issue with the handle on my Fastlane turning a black color.

As you can see from this “Before” picture the handle (and portions of the stainless steel cage below that protects the impeller) was a murky black color. I was unable to wipe it off to any meaningful degree yet enough would come off if you touched it to get on your hands or your bathing suit.

Several weeks ago, Billy Fowler from DesJoyaux said he thought he had hit upon something that might be of use and suggested two cleaning agents to try. He very generously offered to take back any chemical left if I found them to be ineffective which tells me that he is standing behind his research.

Basically I dumped some of this “StainFree” product from “Natural Chemistry” into a bucket with about a quart of water, donned some rubber gloves and used a rag to wipe the handle. After two or three swipes I saw the stainless steel shining through! It’s much more of a chemical reaction than an elbow grease effort. If I soaked the rag and basically squeezed it around a discolored portion of the handle the improvement was immediate. A bit of rubbing helped a bit but as soon as the chemical was spent there was no amount of rubbing that would improve it any more.

Here is the after picture. I cleaned the handle, pulled the top off the unit and replaced the sacrificial anode (which was designed for  outboard engines) with a much smaller one but which was purchased from Endless Pools.

Now the question remains: Is this a permanent fix that resolves a one-off issue or will I need to periodically revisit my stainless steel pieces?

4 thoughts on “Fastlane Stained Stainless Steel handle – a small miracle”

  1. Friendly reminder that when the chemical reaction takes place, it takes some of the original material with it, so eventually, well, all good things come to an end…
    Good luck and thanks for the tips!

  2. @Charlie – No worries, in this case what is being removed is a deposit of copper that was being laid down. If I swipe my hand across the black stainless steel it almost looks like I brushed against some coal.

  3. I am building a pool and I am going to install a Fastlane pro. The builder wants to install a salt water system. Has the issue of corrosion been resolved? How is it now? Or should I insist on non salt water?

    1. Hi Amy,

      I suggest that the builder’s wants shouldn’t impact what system you end up with. They are probably most familiar with the salt system equipment and this can be important if they are going to maintain it for you.

      When I spoke with Endless Pool representatives seven or eight years ago, they had VERY little experience with salt water systems. Nearly all of their experience was coming out of Australia which, at that time, seemed to be having a salt-water system boon.

      If you have major concerns it’s probably worth calling them to see what they think with a few more years under their belts.

      They were recommending refurbishing the system every 5 years at that point due to the corrosion concerns they had. In my opinion those have not manifested. I take my system apart (the top portion anyway) a couple of times a year as part of my sacrificial anode replacement and take the opportunity to inspect it pretty closely – externally anyway. And I cannot detect any corrosion. Nor can I detect any issues with the rubber hoses that deliver the hydraulic fluid to the unit. So I’m still feeling comfortable with my decision to stick with the non-salt system recommendations for refurbishment.

      If I were you, my decision regarding salt-system or conventional would hinge on all the other differences between the systems. I *highly* recommend troublefreepool.com as a resource to tap into for your pool questions/concerns.

      Your considerations are water feel, pool surface (vinyl, plaster, cement, etc.), kinds of accessories (chrome ladders, anything else that will be in the water), etc.

      The salt water system won’t really save you any effort, you still need to add salt instead of chlorine and it does not relieve you from monitoring and balancing all the other chemistry. IMHO that other chemistry is even more impactful than having salt in the water as far as your equipment and pool surface life goes.

      You still need to watch and maintain:
      PH
      Water Hardness
      Stabilizer (Cyanuric acid <-- absolutely required for Salt Systems, but very useful for conventional systems) Alkalinity Borates (<-- not strictly required but very good idea to buffer your PH) Check out my posting titled "Salt Water Generator Pool Recommendations" to get an idea what I'm talking about. This may all seem daunting but it really only involves about a half hour a week during the summer to verify that things are balanced and stable. The system can be pretty hands off once you balance it for the season. And it's *much* easier to consistently make little weekly tweaks than to frantically chase your pool chemistry over big swings if you let it get way out of balance. Let me know if you have any questions, I'm happy to offer assistance based on my experience. I knew NOTHING about pool maintenance when I installed my pool and neither the builder nor the pool store really made me aware of the all the tasks that go in to managing the pool so that it is ready for use at any time. It really wasn't until after I bought my Taylor test kit and read the little manual that came with it that I realized how woefully ignorant I was. But between that, Trouble Free Pool, and myriad tidbits picked up from other websites, I'm satisfied that my pool is in the best shape it can be.

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