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Old 06-21-2012, 05:49 PM   #15
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I am also having rusting kitchen sink issues with my 2008 Safari. Airstream has replaced 3 under warranty. The third sink did not even make it through one camping trip before it started rusting. Do you know who manufactures these sinks? I'm sure to get some "push back" about another replacement. Any ideas?

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Old 06-21-2012, 07:17 PM   #16
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-----and if you have the old painted sinks - as in my 2000 Excella - the paint flakes off exposing the stainless or aluminum underneath.


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Old 06-22-2012, 07:37 AM   #17
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i found this thread on stainless sinks very interesting:
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:41 AM   #18
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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.
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:47 AM   #19
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Stainless steels

All 300 and 400 series stainless steels contain iron. 300 series stainless are true stain proof. They are generically called 18-8 stainless because they contain 18 percent chrome and 8 percent nickel. The rest of it is iron. 316 also contains 2 percent molybdenum. The rust problem is caused by the actions of the users. People have a tendency, to use steel wool which wrecks the passive nature of the surface. Some cleaning compounds can also cause problems. Follow Airstream's recommendations. Any "stainless steels" that are magnetic are only stain resistant.

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