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Old 01-12-2017, 01:44 AM   #1
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This is a post to give my fellow plumbers a tip that could possibly help achieve a better result in less time than with other methods.

You know how big of a pain it can be to clean the ring of crud from under old faucet handles and spouts. Sometimes only a razor blade can scrape that hardened crust off, but that marks up the porcelain and the marks are difficult to remove.

And I'm sure I'm not the only one that's accidentally hit the handle of my hacksaw against the toilet while cutting the bolts, leaving a mark that's near impossible to remove.

Keep a small bottle of (insert your preferred brand here) liquid scratch and swirl remover. I use turtle wax. Makes quick work of things that soap and water or other cleaning products don't remove.

The first two pics are a cultured marble tub after rubbing for awhile with some mild cleaning products the HO had. Too much elbow grease used for little results. Third pic is after using the swirl and scratch remover.

4th pic is a porcelain lav after I scraped the crud with a razor, 5th pic after s&s remover.
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Can't find pic of finished tub valve, but here's the lav. Most of the remaining irremoveable rust spots were covered up, but not all.
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rubbing compound used for auto body for painting and then polishing compound are both designed to just cut the surface , so it will remove any residue without ruining the surface of the porcelain and can also be used on any fiberglass tubs and shower bases to remove tough stains and helps get ride if any small scratches just incase you drop a tool while working on any of the above..
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rubbing compound used for auto body for painting and then polishing compound are both designed to just cut the surface , so it will remove any residue without ruining the surface of the porcelain and can also be used on any fiberglass tubs and shower bases to remove tough stains and helps get ride if any small scratches just incase you drop a tool while working on any of the above..
Two of my favorite clean-em-up tools were KRC 7 cleanser and believe or not toothpaste [word of caution always ask for a little dab [some people frown upon tradesmen helping themselves] and don't use their brush! Another good tool -- when sloppy spacklers were on the job. A wooden knife does a good job --- on fiberglass and like materials
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rubbing compound used for auto body for painting and then polishing compound are both designed to just cut the surface , so it will remove any residue without ruining the surface of the porcelain and can also be used on any fiberglass tubs and shower bases to remove tough stains and helps get ride if any small scratches just incase you drop a tool while working on any of the above..
Yep, basically what I was trying to convey to those that wouldn't think of using it for plumbing.
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Two of my favorite clean-em-up tools were KRC 7 cleanser and believe or not toothpaste [word of caution always ask for a little dab [some people frown upon tradesmen helping themselves] and don't use their brush! Another good tool -- when sloppy spacklers were on the job. A wooden knife does a good job --- on fiberglass and like materials
yes, tooth paste is a great fine polishing compound , thats what it does to your teeth..
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A pumice stone at the paint and cashier section of Home depot is what I've found to work the best.
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A pumice stone at the paint and cashier section of Home depot is what I've found to work the best.
Do they have some that aren't too rough? When you say pumice stone, I'm imagining the same kind of pumice stone my ex would use on her feet, and that was pretty rough and aggressive.
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