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Old 11-17-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Bathroom Question---Revisited

I know this question has been answered before, but please offer a little more insight. I have a 1979 23' Tradewind and would like to maintain its originality. The ABS "plastic" tube, sink and toilet are yellowed and really showing its age.
My question is was is the best way to polish and bring these surfaces back to life without painting them?
I really don't want to paint them. Can anyone recommend a polishing protocol to really make them shine again? I would really appreciate any guidance on this topic. Thanks again!

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Old 11-17-2014, 07:55 PM   #2
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I don't think you can polish the yellow out so,

In my opinion there are three options:

1) Leave intact and try to paint with krylon fusion "dover white satin" spray paint.
(it would be best to remove the entire bathroom and clean and paint outside but can be done if carefull while still installed.(drape off the area,big fan blowing out in bathroom window and wear a respirator and full suit!

2) Remove bathroom and try the "Retro Bright" method (google it) But to work it has to be in direct sunlight,retro bright will not work inside the trailer.

3) gut and redo the bathroom custom.and get rid of all plastic !

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Old 11-18-2014, 09:22 AM   #3
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Many, many people use the "Tub and Sink Refinishing" kits like you would find at the following link: Rust-Oleum Specialty 1-qt. White Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit-7860519 at The Home Depot
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:52 AM   #4
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The ABS plastic the tub/shower is made from has a rubber in it which ages and turns yellow. It also loses its elasticity. You can bleach the plastic to regain the color, but not recover the elasticity. Paint it for looks and be careful not to hit it. Eventually, it may start to crack in highly stressed areas.
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:11 PM   #5
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If you want to restore what you have without using tricky epoxies or special paint, retr0bright and plastic polish will restore what you currently have.

Retr0Bright will work inside the trailer, but requires a UV light, available online if you can't find one near you.

Here's a link to examples and the recipe. 12% hydrogen peroxide, or concentrations higher than the usual drugstore stuff, can be bought at beauty supply stores.

Plastics can be polished up, but I have no experience with that. Google will be your friend there.
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May seem like an odd suggestion, but toothpaste makes an excellent polishing compound for plastic. And it's relatively cheap, so it doesn't cost much to try it.

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