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Old 09-29-2016, 09:24 AM   #1
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Cleaning a 1960 "rose" pink tub?

We are about a week away from taking our 1960 Safari out on it's maiden voyage. Our interior is basically all original and the only thing that is still really bothering me is the rose colored tub. It's disgusting looking. So disgusting I don't want to even stand in it, let alone put my three year old in it for a "tubby". I read previous threads about refinishing, but no one in my area will take it on with it in place and I do not want to do it myself as I know I will not be happy with the results.

I just want it to look decent, I don't mind that it's salmon/rose colored. Is my best option wet sanding and then gel-gloss? What has worked for people that won't bleach the tub and isn't a paint?
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:10 AM   #2
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Ours was once rose colored as well and had the seventies "no slip" yellow flowers. Sand the tub down with some fine sand paper and paint with a high quality spray paint. I removed the bottom trim prior to sanding and painting and reattached it once the paint was dry. I used rust-oleum spray in almond color and did the back splash and sink/counter top at the same time so that everything matched.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:13 AM   #3
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After sanding the plastic wipe everything down very well with isopropyl alcohol before painting. The alcohol removes any remaining dust, wax and aides in the paints adhesion.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:34 AM   #4
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I was hoping not to good did it look after the sanding?
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:46 AM   #5
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Bon Ami is specifically recommended in my owner's manual; '77 Airstream. It doesn't scratch.

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Old 09-29-2016, 12:00 PM   #6
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Your tub is a gel coated fiberglass and paints very nicely. Much easier to deal with than later year versions that are plastic.
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Old 09-29-2016, 12:14 PM   #7
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The previous owner of our trailer recommended Spray Nine for the vinyl wall interior. It looks like they have a mold and stain remover that might be worth a try. I haven't used it but here's a link to product info.

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Old 09-29-2016, 12:58 PM   #8
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I know some have had success cleaning stained tubs with a paste made from hydrogen peroxide, Dawn & baking soda. put it on, let it sit until dry then rinse & repeat. I've also had good luck with Oxi-Clean. Both are worth a try - the worst that can happen is they don't work well enough and you end up re-coating it afterall.

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Old 09-29-2016, 02:00 PM   #9
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That seems a very reachable, uncomplicated area to clean and polish.
If you don't want to paint. You could start with some medium or light grit polishing compound. And see if that will do it. If not move on to a heavy grit compound.
Then on to wet sanding with some 1,500 grit wet sandpaper. If the polish wasn't cutting enough.

The point is you want to use the finest grit you can get the job done with.

Then work your way superfine polish to bring back the gloss finish that will repel future staining. While losing the least of the original gel coat.

Some of the cleaning solutions mentioned sound worth trying.

Good luck with it.

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