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Old 03-03-2013, 07:44 PM   #16
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My "new" house came with a hot tub. The POs didn't keep the "scale" from building up around the top where the water evaporated and left behind what I think is probably calcium scale.
You think it's "calcium" huh?


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Old 03-03-2013, 08:25 PM   #17
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Go to a boat shop and get some hull cleaner. Careful though....some of that stuff is pretty wicked on clothes and lungs.
Read and follow directions.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:40 PM   #18
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I hear ammonia mixed with bleach works well.

I know this is Jo Momma, but that's fucked up dude. Not everyone knows that this makes chlorine gas.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:56 PM   #19
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I know this is Jo Momma, but that's fucked up dude. Not everyone knows that this makes chlorine gas.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:04 PM   #20
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we'd kind of let ours go for a bit, then had to pick up something from the local hot tub shop. dumped it in and let it go for a day or so. cleaned everything up quite nicely.

sadly, i don't remember what it was.

but i'm pretty sure if you call a dealer they can point you in the right direction.

it was not the normal baqua spa stuff, but a powder that comes in a large foil package.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:48 AM   #21
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Have you tried scrubbing with melamine foam, aka Magic Eraser?
yes - totally ineffective
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Do not try this. For those of you who may not know that is a recepie for Chlorine gas, a cousin of Mustard gas. It can / will make you sick, and can kill you.
Don't worry - I already knew not to do this.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:52 AM   #23
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Go to a boat shop and get some hull cleaner. Careful though....some of that stuff is pretty wicked on clothes and lungs.
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There was some gel coating polish the POs left behind, but it was totally ineffective also. Maybe a boat shop has something more effective.
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You think it's "calcium" huh?
Not sure it is calcium, but it is white not brown.
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we'd kind of let ours go for a bit, then had to pick up something from the local hot tub shop. dumped it in and let it go for a day or so. cleaned everything up quite nicely.

sadly, i don't remember what it was.

but i'm pretty sure if you call a dealer they can point you in the right direction.

it was not the normal baqua spa stuff, but a powder that comes in a large foil package.
I go by a spa shop every day on my way home, maybe i will stop in there.

thanks everybody.

the bartender's friend has oxacilic acid and it seems to be the most effective of what i have tried (i also tried various cleansing powders including ajax and clorox) but it doesn't make much of a dent and i will be scrubbing for months using it if that is all i try.

As for Goof Off - I looked at the active ingredient and I think it might damage the tub which probably acrylic.

there are three reasons there is "scale" in the hot tub:

1) they left it on all the time year round

2) they had no kind of water conditioner for the house water and the water comes from a well. they did use a little chlorine for the tub and it has both an oxygen generator and a UV light for purifying the water. I intend to get a water conditioner eventually - the water isn't bad but this shows me that it would benefit from a conditioner.

3) they had a small leak in the piping so the water level would go down over time.

All that with the tub cover on it caused a the level to be about 6 inches or more down from the top and most of the "scale" is at that level. Before I started scrubbing it was pretty bad even when the water covered it - not something i would want to get into much less invite someone else to join me.

But spring is coming and I wouldn't mind using it once it gets to the point where i don't have to sit in the rain to use it. Eventually I want to cover that deck so I can use it in the winter, but one thing at a time.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:26 AM   #26
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I have used CLR successfully in the past when nothing else worked. Put it in a spray bottle & give it a good coating every 10 to 15 minutes for about an hour. Take it off with a mild scrub pad & repeat. It may seem excessive, but it sure beats the countless hours I wasted trying everything else first including a power sander (desperation move).
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:45 AM   #27
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:00 PM   #28
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I spent a few summers working for a pool maintenance company, and we used a lot of muriatic acid to clean pools. You could pour it in until the Ph was high enough to scrub away the crap, and then neutralize it with soda ash. I'd ask someone better acquainted with hot tubs if this would be a good idea or not. Depending on your plumbing this could go very poorly.
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I spent a few summers working for a pool maintenance company, and we used a lot of muriatic acid to clean pools. You could pour it in until the Ph was high enough to scrub away the crap, and then neutralize it with soda ash. I'd ask someone better acquainted with hot tubs if this would be a good idea or not. Depending on your plumbing this could go very poorly.
Muriatic acid should not be used on acrylic surfaces, which my hot tub is.
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I don't think that oven cleaner is a good idea either.
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