Re-brushing a stainless steel sink.

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    Oct 02, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    I recently moved into a new "cheap" apartment (fixer upper), and have fixed almost everything already. The one thing that has been the biggest challenge is the kitchen sink. It's stainless steel, and it's in such poor condition that I thought about replacing it...then I realized this is a rental and I don't wanna drop money into something I can't take with me later.

    So, for those handymen out there, what's your favorite method of re-brushing a stainless steel sink?

    I want it to look like it's brand new. I've got over 20 years of handyman experience, but haven't run across this problem until now. It actually feels weird even asking about such a theoretically simple task online. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 10:40 PM GMT
    I've heard vinegar gets rid of hard water spots and backing soda and water will help when buffing out scratches.
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    Oct 02, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    Use the serious stuff that is used to clean toilet bowls. Just make sure to let it stay on for the time listed, and then wash it down the drain carefully so that you don't get burnt from the acids in it. Repeat if necessary.
    The advantage of this stuff is that you don't need to apply 'elbow grease'.
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    Oct 02, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
    Brillo should polish it nicely.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 02, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    Try 2400 grit wet sandpaper .... keep stroking straight all in one direction ... take your choice either left or right but not up or down.
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    Marx saidI've heard vinegar gets rid of hard water spots and backing soda and water will help when buffing out scratches.

    You have the best answer it seems according to this article. It also warns some of the other mentioned methods should be avoided (steel wool pads and cleaners with chlorine bleach).

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/7-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-refurbishing-tips#.UGtxT1F0k6w
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidTry 2400 grit wet sandpaper .... keep stroking straight all in one direction ... take your choice either left or right but not up or down.
    That sounds painful.

    Oh wait, you're talking about the sink. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
    Iceblink said
    Marx saidI've heard vinegar gets rid of hard water spots and backing soda and water will help when buffing out scratches.

    You have the best answer it seems according to this article. It also warns some of the other mentioned methods should be avoided (steel wool pads and cleaners with chlorine bleach).

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/7-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-refurbishing-tips#.UGtxT1F0k6w


    You know how we messicans do it, we get all ghetto and start grabbing cooking ingredients to do our cleaning. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Marx said
    Iceblink said
    Marx saidI've heard vinegar gets rid of hard water spots and backing soda and water will help when buffing out scratches.

    You have the best answer it seems according to this article. It also warns some of the other mentioned methods should be avoided (steel wool pads and cleaners with chlorine bleach).

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/7-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-refurbishing-tips#.UGtxT1F0k6w


    You know how we messicans do it, we get all ghetto and start grabbing cooking ingredients to do our cleaning. icon_lol.gif
    That's only logical, seeing you messicans also seem to enjoy sucking off hotdogs instead of dicks (ref. profile pic). icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Marx said
    Iceblink said
    Marx saidI've heard vinegar gets rid of hard water spots and backing soda and water will help when buffing out scratches.

    You have the best answer it seems according to this article. It also warns some of the other mentioned methods should be avoided (steel wool pads and cleaners with chlorine bleach).

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/7-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-refurbishing-tips#.UGtxT1F0k6w


    You know how we messicans do it, we get all ghetto and start grabbing cooking ingredients to do our cleaning. icon_lol.gif
    That's only logical, seeing you messicans also seem to enjoy sucking off hotdogs instead of dicks (ref. profile pic). icon_razz.gif


    Practice makes perfect icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    Marx said
    paulflexes said
    Marx said
    Iceblink said
    Marx saidI've heard vinegar gets rid of hard water spots and backing soda and water will help when buffing out scratches.

    You have the best answer it seems according to this article. It also warns some of the other mentioned methods should be avoided (steel wool pads and cleaners with chlorine bleach).

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/7-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-refurbishing-tips#.UGtxT1F0k6w


    You know how we messicans do it, we get all ghetto and start grabbing cooking ingredients to do our cleaning. icon_lol.gif
    That's only logical, seeing you messicans also seem to enjoy sucking off hotdogs instead of dicks (ref. profile pic). icon_razz.gif


    Practice makes perfect icon_razz.gif
    So instead of flight or driving simulator, it's like a full motion sucking simulator?
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:18 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Marx said
    paulflexes said
    Marx said
    Iceblink said
    Marx saidI've heard vinegar gets rid of hard water spots and backing soda and water will help when buffing out scratches.

    You have the best answer it seems according to this article. It also warns some of the other mentioned methods should be avoided (steel wool pads and cleaners with chlorine bleach).

    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/7-stainless-steel-kitchen-sink-refurbishing-tips#.UGtxT1F0k6w


    You know how we messicans do it, we get all ghetto and start grabbing cooking ingredients to do our cleaning. icon_lol.gif
    That's only logical, seeing you messicans also seem to enjoy sucking off hotdogs instead of dicks (ref. profile pic). icon_razz.gif


    Practice makes perfect icon_razz.gif
    So instead of flight or driving simulator, it's like a full motion sucking simulator?


    Yes. None of that virtual crap.
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    Brushed stainless steel is actually sanded not brushed. A Mothers mag wheel polisher works but you have to use grit that is courser than
    Polishing compound unless you want a polished steel sink.
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    Oct 02, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidBrushed stainless steel is actually sanded not brushed. A Mothers mag wheel polisher works but you have to use grit that is courser than
    Polishing compound unless you want a polished steel sink.
    Hmmm...now you made me google (again).

    I think I'll go with the mag wheel option, then raise the grain to polish it, just for fun. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 03, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    You can scratch the polish or polish the scratches two different looks . You can also do engine turned for the old school english sport car look. 320 silicon carbine grit is one standard grit.
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    Oct 03, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
    You could try taking a grinder to it and putting a cool pattern in it. Unless you think the landlord would freak over that.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 03, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    How much does a new sink cost? Seriously. It's not worth the effort.
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    Oct 03, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidHow much does a new sink cost? Seriously. It's not worth the effort.

    A basic stainless steel sink costs about $50 at Home Depot. Probably not a lot more than buying polishers and grinders people have mentioned.
  • LJay

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    Oct 03, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    I would try the cleaning with baking soda and the polishing with a very little bit of olive oil. In a rental, it was probably a cheap sink to begin with and may not take well to mechanical wire brushing. If a good cleaning does not do it, then talk to the landlord about installing a new sink at his expense.
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    Oct 03, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
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  • cbrett

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    Oct 03, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    really really fine steal wool scrab away it will clean and polish at the same time just use it warm soapy water, drier the better
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    Oct 03, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    barriehomeboy saidHow much does a new sink cost? Seriously. It's not worth the effort.

    A basic stainless steel sink costs about $50 at Home Depot. Probably not a lot more than buying polishers and grinders people have mentioned.
    True but I like projects to play with. Plus, once I buy the stuff to do it with, I can use that stuff on other stuff.
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    Oct 03, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidbarkeeper's friend
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    Used that before. That just shines up an already good surface.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Oct 03, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    I did the white vinegar thing to mine at the recommendation of my sister .... worked great. I also have used a combination of olive oil and coconut oil to renew the luster to the stainless steel.
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    Oct 03, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidJust keep it filled with dirty dishes and murky dish water. This way you'll never notice.....

    $0.00 price tag for this option.


    ROTFL...Genius !