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Old 01-11-2019, 07:49 PM   #15
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Got rid of it, it’s looks like crap after brushing your teeth.
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:20 AM   #16
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I fought this problems for a few years and observed the same problem on other Airstreams. The lav sink looks crummy, although the galley sink looks fine.
I finally just replaced mine with a Kohler round porcelain sink, just required a little bit of counter cutting with a jig saw. Looks way better.
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:39 AM   #17
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Why give in to AS's policy of sourcing cheap goods and selling them at 5 star prices.
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Old 01-16-2019, 12:09 PM   #18
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Are you putting other non stainless steel in your sink?

Under most conditions Stainless is rust free but it can be made to rust.

One way to start stainless steel rusting is to put some other steel that will easily rust on top of it. Make sure you are not using a steel wool pad or any steel utensils in your sink, but if you do, do not leave them in there and rinse thoroughly after you remove them. Ditto for other metals which can cause galvanic corrosion.

Pitting is usually caused by chlorides like chlorine bleach or salt. If you use Clorox wipes to clean your sink, stop. Try a mild detergent and water. I usually use Windex or 409 without issues. If you are dumping salty water in your bowl, rinse it with fresh water afterwards.

Low pH can cause corrosion of SS. Do not dump other acidic chemicals into your sink bowl and fail to rinse it out with fresh water.

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https://cougartron.com/blog/why-does...ss-steel-rust/
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Old 01-16-2019, 12:38 PM   #19
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We use scrubbing bubbles, soft scrub, or Bon Ami to clean our sinks. Never had a problem with our sinks. Also never use the green scotch brite pads. They ere far too abrasive. We have used the blue ones which are scratchless and work well on tough stains. WalMart stocks them.
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:19 PM   #20
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I use this on my boat, any exposed metal (Aluminum or SS) and used it in my other camper's (that had much cheaper SS sinks) and it keeps it them from pitting. I've just started using it in my 2019 Airstream, Rupp Aluma Guard Aluminum Protectant.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:24 PM   #21
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My wife has instructed me for years to use Bon Ami on all her stainless and Le Creuset cookware and stainless kitchen sink. It cleans without scratching, has been around since 1886. Google "The Bon Ami Story" Its a little hard to find sometime. Non abrasive, use a cloth of soft bristle plastic scrubby to clean with. Clean in the grain direction of the material always. BTW it's about $1.50 for 14 oz. can. Made in the USA also. Good luck.
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Old 01-17-2019, 12:40 AM   #22
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Also, I find that if I want the BR sink to stay 'pretty', I have to wipe it down every day. I usually do it right before I get on the road as part of my check-off list. Or as I notice it's decline when camping in place for a few days. I wonder why it doesn't stay as nice looking as the kitchen sink. If I were to replace it, it would be with a high quality stainless steel. I think SS replacement material would be lighter weight than ceramic.
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:43 AM   #23
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I love stainless steel sinks, I will swear by them. True stainless steel does not rust.
There are different grades of SS. 316 stainless is the best, No iron in the steel.It has a grain and does not show water spots. 304B also does not have iron but is a polish finish, harder to keep clean, it shows water spots. Anything other than these two(2) types will rust because of the iron content. FYI, Commercial kitchens use 316 ss.
From a Sheet Metal worker for 36 years.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:24 PM   #24
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Is your water source contaminated?

I have seen pitting on stainless steel caused by bacterial bio films. Looks exactly like your photo. Could be your water tank, lines, well or municipality water supply has a contamination that is contributing to pitting. The stainless in the kitchen sink may be a different type, not affected by the bacteria that affects the lav. Your health could be of concern if this is the case.
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Using a wax or other sealant isn't a good idea.

Not sure I would completely agree, with over 15 years using various cleaners (and waxes). Mine looks like it did the day it was placed into the RV back in late 2003 when it was built.


Also partially disagree about the bleach, unless it was poured in full strength.


Keep in mind that a higher than normal percentage (even higher if you do the shorter contact time method as I do) of bleach is passed through the water systems (and comes in contact with the sink) as part of disinfecting the water supply system. Although at a significantly less concentration than just pouring it in from the "Clorox" bottle, again, after a bit more than 15 years, I would think that given these comments about bleaches and sealants, my identical sink would have exhibited a similar issue- but it hasn't, yet.


I would have to agree that it's most likely a bad batch, inferior grade of stainless steel, someone poured something really nasty in it (heavy duty drain cleaner?!) or I, like many have just been lucky for the past 15+ years.
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