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Old 11-07-2018, 07:56 PM   #1
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Dishwashing Liquid Ruined Stainless Steel Sink

We left one of those dish scrubbers, that stores dish washing liquid in the handle, in the bottom of our stainless steel sink. We didn't notice until about four months later that the dish washing liquid (Dawn brand) had leaked out of the scrubber and in to the sink. It has damaged the finish on the sink by causing erosion of the sink itself.

Is there any way to make this damage look less obvious? We really do not want to have to replace the sink as the trailer is only one year old.

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Old 11-07-2018, 08:04 PM   #2
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wow, that's a shame! it looks like some sort of 'plating' that got eaten away. No longer under warranty?
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:11 PM   #3
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Try using a scotch brite pad and rub in the same direction as the finish in the sink.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:19 PM   #4
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Try using a scotch brite pad and rub in the same direction as the finish in the sink.
Not gonna help repair cheap Faux Chinese SS.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:31 PM   #5
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That's not real stainless steel.


If it couldn't hold up to Dawn, I'd be demanding a replacement from FR.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:33 PM   #6
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Looks like there is liquid stainless steel that you may be able to use to refinish it. If you try,et us know how it works.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:05 PM   #7
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We really do not want to have to replace the sink as the trailer is only one year old.
really, replace the sink?... just a little cosmetic damage that does not effect the operation of the sink...

obviously NOT stainless steel, but painted to look like stainless... some touch-up paint from an auto parts store might hide it a bit and protect the unpainted metal...
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:08 PM   #8
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I'll have to check and see what the warranty period is on the sink. I doubt they'd cover it though as they will probably say it's our fault for leaving dish washing soap in the sink.
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I probably wouldn't replace it but will look at some stainless steel paint or liquid stainless steel.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:15 PM   #10
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Wash the area with a mild citric acid (vitamin C and water). Use a plastic or brass scrubby. Scrub with the grain in the metal. Do NOT use bleach. Bleach eats stainless steels. Do not scrub with steel wool - the iron will embed in the metal and rust. Dry the area and let it sit. Stainless will repair itself to some extent. If I remember correctly, the chromium in the metal oxidizes and creates the "stainless" coating. Not sure how long it takes for the chromium oxide to coat the surface. It will depend on how much chromium is in the metal.
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