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Old 09-02-2004, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question How can I fix "yellowed" bath fixtures?

My husband and I recently purchased an 34' 1983 Excella with a rear bath. It needs some work with curtains and upholstery which I will just fabricate myself, but I am completely stumped on how to whiten the bathroom. I was told by a dealer that heat yellows the material over time, but he did not know of any way to correct it other than replacing the entire unit. Does anyone have any ideas? There is some minor (small and few) cracking in the ceiling of the tub near the rivets, but other than that there appears to be no other structural problems with it.
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Old 09-02-2004, 06:16 PM   #2
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My husband and I recently purchased an 34' 1983 Excella with a rear bath. It needs some work with curtains and upholstery which I will just fabricate myself, but I am completely stumped on how to whiten the bathroom. I was told by a dealer that heat yellows the material over time, but he did not know of any way to correct it other than replacing the entire unit. Does anyone have any ideas? There is some minor (small and few) cracking in the ceiling of the tub near the rivets, but other than that there appears to be no other structural problems with it.
There are a couple of things you can try, both have limited success. First, you can try wiping straight bleach on the plastic, it may lighten the yellowing. Just try not to get any on the aluminum, as it is corrosive to aluminum. The other method is a vinyl coating, in your choice of color. It would likely require removing the parts for coating, and if you are going to do that, you may as well replace the discolored items while they are out.
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I just bought Klenks Tub and Surround epoxy mix at HD, but haven't gotten around to trying it yet.

Bath tub and surround

I will be spraying mine on rather than using the roller.
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Old 09-02-2004, 06:43 PM   #4
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I just bought Klenks Tub and Surround epoxy mix at HD, but haven't gotten around to trying it yet.

Bath tub and surround

I will be spraying mine on rather than using the roller.
That is the epoxy stuff I was referring to.
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How can I fix "yellowed" bath fixtures?

Greetings Wynne!

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My husband and I recently purchased an 34' 1983 Excella with a rear bath. It needs some work with curtains and upholstery which I will just fabricate myself, but I am completely stumped on how to whiten the bathroom. I was told by a dealer that heat yellows the material over time, but he did not know of any way to correct it other than replacing the entire unit. Does anyone have any ideas? There is some minor (small and few) cracking in the ceiling of the tub near the rivets, but other than that there appears to be no other structural problems with it.
Another possibility, especially if you aren't a do-it-yourselfer, is to consult a local bathroom refinisher. When it came time to address the yellowed Avacado green bathroom in my '64 Overlander, I found a local refinishers who was willing to refinish the bathroom while in-place - - all that he asked was that I tow the coach to his shop a few miles from my home. He spent hours preparing then applying the specialized finishes to properly handle the three different kinds of surfaces in my Overlander's bath. The service included changing the color from Avacado Green to Antique Pewter. The before photo is below:



The after photo is below:



The entire process was aprroximately $700.

Good luck with your project!

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That really looks great. He did quality work.
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I had my bath refinished as well, although mine was removed from the triailer at the time.
I believe that refinishing is a good way to fix up yellowed plastic or fiberglass fixtures. My refinish has proven to be as reliable and durable, if not better,then the original. Highy recommended.
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Was wondering what to do with mine. Now I know. Thanks folks, Love this site!!!
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Thank you all so much for the info! That restored bath looks great. I think that is the way to go. I'll check around to find a local shop that can do the work. I don't think I will even try to tackle this one myself. Thanks again.
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