The 27-year-old toilet has a thin brown stain or scratch at the
bottom. Removed all the water and let it soak in pure bleach. Then
used a product called "The Works" which is hydrochloric acid. The
stain remains. What is the diagnosis and cure? Thanks, Jack
I can't bear to part with it. It's more than an efficient toilet with
excellent working original parts and a big reservoir which can remove
the largest log with one flush. It has become a friend. Many, many
times it was a source of comfort on workdays at 4 am as I barfed the
previous night's hangover. I did some of my best plotting and
planning on that throne, too.
While this sounds more like a problem for Dear Abby than for a reglazer, I
found a product called Tough Tile at the local Grossman's Surplus Outlet
that's a Acabado Para El Fregadero Y Azulejos/Mosaicos...um...let me turn
the box around...a Sink and Tile Finish that Refinishes and Renews Sinks,
Tile and More. Creates a Lasting Porcelain-Like Finish. Haven't tries it
yet. There's several similar DIY products out there.
Got a old bathtub that needs a reglaze/repaint, myself.
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This is a common hard-water mineral deposit, not a stain.
Go to your local hardware store, and in the home cleaning section, you
will find something called a "pumice stone". One brand is Pumie. It's a
very soft volcanic rock that you can rub on ceramic or porcelain without
Clean the toilet normally (i.e. with Sani-Flush or whatever), then drain
the bowl by lifting the flap but not pulling the chain that triggers the
tank to refill. You can now rub the pumice on the stain. It will leave a
lot of grainy residue but this is easily flushed away. A bad deposit
will probably require several applications.
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