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    stained kitchen sink

    We have a brand new kitchen sink. My wife told them to put it in last but of course they put it in first and then proceeded to do all the other work using the sink to wash up in.

    My wife has tried to clean it with general supermarket bough cleaners to no avail. Any ideas on something super strong that will return it to its former glory?
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    Depends what it has been stained with.

    My wife uses vinegar and a pad to clean our sink
    That gets rid of all the stone deposits

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    Stone deposits?

    I dunno what it has been stained with really. I might go take a photo.

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    That looks like stone to me and not chemical

    Our sink looks like that every month
    Try vinegar and one of them yellow and green scouring pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Any ideas on something super strong that will return it to its former glory?
    Calling the contractor back and having them replace it with a brand new one, on their dime.

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    Daffy Duck, I wish it was that easy. We have tried twice to get him back to fix numerous mistakes but no luck.

    Righto, I still don't understand what stone means but I will try vinegar and see how we go.

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    Stone deposit same as scale deposit

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    Easy, go to the motor store and buy that stainless steel paste cleaner they use on auto bullbars and the like. I think it is called Autosol or something similar and comes in a tube like toothpaste. Bit of elbow grease and you have heaps of brownie points on board.

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    ^ Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Longprong
    buy that stainless steel paste cleaner
    I use a product from Brasso. Works very well. Will take a lot of elbow grease though so be patient.

    The stains almost appear to be caused by something caustic. Could be etched in.

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    Solvo Autosol, worth a try but will he find it in Ubon ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    worth a try but will he find it in Ubon ?
    Sure there will be some type of pumice based rubbing compound somewhere in Ubon. Some pumice toothpastes work great on silver.

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    This was the result. The old girl was away in BKK for a few months and to ease the pain I did a lot of household chores. I found it helped to keep my hormone levels on the girly side and it seemed to lower the testosterone levels. Anyway it gained heaps of brownie points and her homecoming was like coming home from the crusades.

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    If is is a solid stainless steel sink just go to the hardware store and buy some fine grey emery paper which is rated about 600 grit. (Gadart sigh in Thai).

    Polish the sink actually removing the surface profile of the sink (a few microns only) and stain along with it and then finish it off with a similar paper but 1,000 grit. Use a little kerosene with the 600 grade but finish polish the sink dry with the 1000 grade paper.

    The sink should come up better than when you first purchased it.

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    Please let us see your results and report on the method used when you have completed you mission. I have the same problem so will let you go first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Longprong
    I think it is called Solvol Autosol
    Never seen this for sale in Thailand. Anywhere.

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    Looks like ordinary calcium carobnate (scale) to me. You have very hard water, containing much calcium carbonate? Then it will come back all the time.

    I would try the vinegar first. Use an old newspaper, soak it with vinegar and place it on the surface of the sink. This way the vinegar has lots of time to work on the stains. Use the cheap concentrate if available but thin it down to below cooking use concentration.
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    vinegar is good as it has a mild acid in it and will not etch and it will attack the lime scale or stone as Thetyim referred to it. After you have removed the scale layer over top than you need to polish it if you skip that step you will waste heaps of time and elbow grease let the chemicals work for you first, work smarter not harder..

    Then get the most common cleaner available anywhere in a powdered bleach bathroom cleaner and use that it will remove most of the discoloration as it contains pumice with bleach cleaner and will polish it quite well, then if you wish to go further if that isn't satisfactory then use LT's method as well..

    But first off you should try to find a brass Brillo type pad to do the above with, that's what is best used for chrome rust removal too, it won't scratch the soft stainless though as it is a harder metal but the brass is softer and it will polish it very nicely....If no brass available then one of those green 3M pads...

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    Lots of great advice thanks. I will get the wife to read through this thread tonight and then get stuck into it and let you know how she gets on.



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    LIMEAWAY in the states,, spray it on and lime goes away.
    Got lime rings in your wife favorite vase from water evaporation and making it milky?, Limeaway will fix it good as new.
    Got stains in your glass coffee pot?, limeaway wil make it like new.

    Toilet?, where drips from faucet drop in sink?, limeaway fix it all.
    Last place I bought it was Food For Less in Yreka Calif.

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    OK, OK here, look it up yourself, I know you do not want to be told anything by an American.

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    just kinda waiting for someone to come up with using a jack hammer or a 8" black&Decker surface grinder..

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    Limeaway is nice and mild though more difficult to locate here especially in the out lands. It won't restore the finish either only remove the scale, but it's good for that purpose if it can be easily located, actually vinegar will be a bit slow and probably require several applications..

    This problem is 2 fold as he not only has scale but scale over damage..

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    just kinda waiting for someone to come up with using a jack hammer or a 8" black&Decker surface grinder..
    Well that was my first thought just for the heck of it, but then decided to give some real advice..

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