Basement Laundry tubs


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Old 08-15-18, 10:20 PM
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Basement Laundry tubs

I'm finishing up my basement, and I'm caught up on my twin sink fiberglass laundry tubs.

For the last 20 years I've used them to drain the washer, and as a cleaning area for paints etc. It now has paint stains and whatever. Is there some kind of solvent, or abrasive that might spiff it up a bit? I've seen recommendations to use epoxy based paints to cover it, but they don't seem to be widely available.
 
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Old 08-16-18, 05:08 AM
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What is your sink made of? What type of paint is stuck on it?
 
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Old 08-16-18, 05:53 AM
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I assume it's one of those plastic/fiberglass sinks. Denatured alcohol will soften dried latex paint, I don't think it will harm the sink but go slow until you know for sure. IMO painting the sink isn't a great idea as it's hard to get a lasting paint job on something like that. The cost of tub/sink paint would go a long ways towards the cost of a new sink [assuming you can diy]
 
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Yes, as far as i know, it's the plastic/fiberglass mixture. The paint stains, mixed with a lot of cruddy dirt, are latex. Is denatured alcohol the same as isopropyl "rubbing alcohol" that can be found in a drug store, or would I have to go to a paint store to get the denatured?
 
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rubbing alcohol and denatured alcohol aren't the same thing. Paint stores sell it and the big box stores in their paint dept also have it.
 
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Why waste your time and money get a new one. I found them from 30$ up.
https://www.lowes.com/pl/Utility-sin...m=laundry+tubs
 
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My 2 is that it's a laundry tub and not worth any effort, I'd maybe scrub it lightly with a scothbrite pad or something but that's as far as I would go.
 
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Thanks everyone. I finally went with the denatured alcohol and scrubbing with #00, a wire brush, and a plastic putty knife with a sharp edge. Most of the paint is gone but I've still got a little dirt which I tried a straight shot of dawn detergent on but I think I need a stronger detergent.
 
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You might try a bath cleaner called 'the works' The plastic tub surround I used to have in my bath rm was nasty when I bought the place and I was unable to get it clean. Met my wife and she got it cleaned up nicely using the works. She buys it at the dollar store.
 
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I've picked up some TSP. I'll give that a try.
 
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Old 08-21-18, 06:00 AM
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Your tub will now attack dirt and grime like never before. I agree with Pugsi, get a new one. All the effort you put into cleaning and you still have an old tub that will get dirty real fast.
 
 

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