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Old 06-08-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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Cleaning sink and shower

aNY SUGGESTIONS ON CLEANING STAINED SHOWER BOTTOM, toilet lid AND SINK? I thought spray nine was the best in the world but even it won't touch it.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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You can by A kit at home depot to redo the whole thing. It's $44 comes with 2 cans of epoxy spray paint and my tub looks like new....
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:12 PM   #3
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You might try a spray product called 'Blech White' It's meant for re=newing the black on auto tires...but we've used it in numerous projects and it works good everywhere except Glass or the skin of the airstream...And where we have succeeded the most is the inner shell of the house...a bucket of water a bag of sponges and some rags- spay a small area and whatever is on there just melts right off...works best on nicotine stain...we get it at Dollar General in the Auto section. However it might work on your stains too. If it doesn't, then go use it on your tires...you'll appreciate it!
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:17 PM   #4
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The Service Manual for 1974 says that the ABS plastics (tub, sink, etc.) can be sanded, then waxed with auto wax to bring back the lustre.

have you tried that?
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:55 PM   #5
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No I haven't but I have lots of fine grit paper and plastic buffing compound-think I will try a section-thanks
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Well, have fun! Remember though, nothing to excess. It won't be too much fun if you power your way through to the other side. "Light" sanding is what they said...

Luckily, ABS is the same colour all the way through...
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Does anyone have an idea of what grit sand paper to use? Has anyone done this? Thanks! Pam
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Have you tried Zud and/or Barkeepers Friend on it yet. someone just recommended that here last week. I went and purchased both but haven't used it yet. What kind of stains do you have....

http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/stains.html

http://www.epinions.com/content_250238242436
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Regarding my comments on sanding, I looked it up in the 1977 Service Manual I also have (of course the 1974 one is out at the trailer, duh) and here is what it says verbatim on page 4-52:
Repair of Stains or Scratches in Tub or Lavatory

The parts used in the bath area are vacuum-formed ABS which is very tough but the surface will stain from certain types of liquids, or will scratch from sharp instruments. Repairs can be made by using a very fine sandpaper. Sand area to be repaired very lightly until stain or scratch is removed. (Unlike fiberglass, color of part is uniform throughout its thickness.) After part is repaired, apply a coat of non-abrasive paste wax and buff lightly to restore the shine.

NEVER APPLY OPEN FLAME TO THESE PARTS
Notes (from me, not the manual):
  1. "Lavatory" is the term used in the manual to describe the entire top of the sink area. In my trailer the sink is formed as part of this top.
  2. To my mind, "very fine" sandpaper is 200 grit or higher.
  3. Note also that the paste wax is to be "non-abrasive", i.e. no rubbing compound
  4. I have not yet personally tried this. SWMBO is also not letting me until she has exhausted every cleaner known to man, at which point I will sand it and report back.
  5. Your mileage may vary. Offer void where prohibited. Please don't shoot the author if you are not pleased with the results.
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Something less harsh

Gel-gloss, perhaps?
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Gel-gloss, perhaps?
Maybe, but I believe the OP wants to clean his tub, toilet lid and sink. IMHO, with the exception of the toilet lid, they are ABS and not fiberglass.

I don't know what the toilet lid is.
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The method would be wet sanding, and I've been told to use no lower than 800 grit, then proceed to 1000 or 1200. The finer grit you can get results with the better. So if you start with the 1200 or 1000 and it works it is that much better for the ABS, and will leave a smoother finish. After sanding then follow up with the an auto wax or other favorite wax to give it a shine, but be careful you don't make it too slick, due to slip issues for the tub.

See this thread for sanding info:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...tic-48931.html

Or this one if you want try the retrobright method:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f39/...tic-50799.html

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Thanks for yout thoughts, Mary. Not sure how wet sanding would, in this project, be a benefit over dry, but I can also could see no harm in using that process. I also doubt that going as high as 1200 is really necessary, but then again, I haven't done it yet.

I think the key to all this is how deeply the stain is set in the material. Surface stains should come out quickly, those which are heat-induced may not.
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