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#326350 - Wed May 16 2012 10:42 AM Cleaning White Porcilean Drinking Fountain?
Blastmaster Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 13 2001
Loc: Sacramento, CA
This past weekend I scored a real small fountain type white porcilean drinking fountain with working spring loaded valve/knob and drain. Should be really cool if I can clean it up some. It has rust and hard water stain inside and out. I was thinking CLR or an acid but dont want to hurt it or set the stain so hard it wont come out if it is not already. Any thoughts or suggestion would be appreciated.

Rick H, Sacramento Ca.

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#326352 - Wed May 16 2012 10:44 AM Re: Cleaning White Porcilean Drinking Fountain? [Re: Blastmaster]
gulfiend! Offline
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Registered: Fri Jul 01 2005
Loc: Raleigh, North Carolina
...read the labels: most of them warn that the cleaner could etch older porcelain...once the gloss is gone, it's gone...
Looking for better Gulf items: signs, globes, cans and paper - especially porcelain Gulf flanges, and Gulf A-38 & A-62 ad glass...

#326357 - Wed May 16 2012 11:26 AM Re: Cleaning White Porcilean Drinking Fountain? [Re: gulfiend!]
texacokie Offline
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Registered: Sun Jun 19 2011
Loc: Oklahoma
Go to the dollar store and get the toilet bowl cleaner it works great and that sort of stuff.
I am always looking for anything Texaco or Oklahoma oil and gas company's, also I am a newbie at seeking globes.

#326466 - Wed May 16 2012 09:40 PM Re: Cleaning White Porcilean Drinking Fountain? [Re: texacokie]
JimT Offline
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Registered: Fri Dec 06 2002
Loc: Cleveland,Ohio U.S.A.
Try bleach.

#327348 - Mon May 21 2012 11:21 AM Re: Cleaning White Porcilean Drinking Fountain? [Re: JimT]
Lbaird119 Offline

Registered: Thu Feb 16 2012
Loc: Central Washington State
If there's hard water buildup you can use muriatic (swimming pool) acid, diluted to about 20% (add 1 part acid to about 5 parts water). I've used it straight and it works well and quickly. Just don't let it sit on chrome for more than a few seconds or it'lll blue/black it.
For rust staining something with phosphoric acid should get it off the porcelin but may have to sit an hour or more to bleach it out. Bleach may do some but not against hard water, grime or rust. If it's dulled and most likely is, use a sink cleaner called Zud. It's very abrasive so only scrub as long as you have to. White and slightly dull looks better than dingy and a sheen from glossed over grime. You could then used some rubbing compounds and lots of elbow grease to shine it back up. Not that Zud will make it dull. Just use it sparingly. Cool find!


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