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Old 10-20-2008, 08:37 AM   #1
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tub finish touchup

We have a cast iron tub that has some issues with the enamel finish right around the drain. It looks like it is caused by our icky water here. The rest of the tub is perfect. My first thought is that is looks like the chipped enamel on old white stove tops and maybe I could use that white appliance touch-up paint after sanding/grinding down that discolored edge. I have seen the ToughAsTile refinishing product but 1) I only have problems in this small area, 2) I figure if I try to refinish the entire tub, I will have 200 times the opportunities to screw up somewhere where it is perfect already, and 3) it specifically says not to use bathmats because it will pull up the finish so it does not sound THAT tough.

Anyone ever done such a thing? Thoughts? Opinions?
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:11 PM   #2
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Start with the easiest, cheapest options first.
What have you tried so far to clean it?
My first step would be to cover the area with several layers of paper towels and keep it sopping wet with vinegar for at least 24 hours. See it that will remove any of it.
Second step would be to try a product such as Lime-Away or CLR.

DIY products made to refinish tubs often fail and end up looking worse.


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