I want to make my shiny thing shiny. Help?

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  1. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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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.

    I have tried a number of things (including vinegar and baking soda), CLR and scrubbing with a green pad and Bartender's Friend - the latter seemed to help a little, all the others seemed to have no effect.

    I scrub and scrub and scrub, but at this rate it isn't doing much good. When the "scale" gets wet much of it fades and then when it dries it comes back (it isn't left over cleanser - just wetting it with pure water makes it fade). It is especially hard to clean where the tub surface is not smooth, which is where most of it is.

    I had hoped CLR would just dissolve it, but it didn't seem to do anything.

    Anything else I can try?
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  2. a1fa

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    goof off
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  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Vinegar works wonders, but you need to let it sit on there wet for quite a while.

    My suggestion is to fill the tub to the brim/overflow, and dump in a few gallons of vinegar and leave it overnight. Next day, scrub the hell out of everything and drain it.
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  4. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    Everything I have tried, including vinegar, I have left sit on some scale for over an hour - there are flat spots to try this on. Vinegar did nothing, CLR did nothing.
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  5. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Good old fashioned Ajax/Borax? Still need to scrub the everliving shit out of that stuff, but it works pretty well.
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    Goof off.. That shit removes everything!
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    [MOD EDIT: DELETED SUGGESTION. IF YOU MIX AMMONIA WITH BLEACH YOU CREATE POISONOUS GAS.

    Mixing bleach and ammonia is extremely dangerous, since toxic vapors will be produced. The primary toxic chemical formed by the reaction is chloramine vapor, with a potential for hydrazine formation. Here's a look at the chemical reactions involved in mixing bleach and ammonia, as well as some first aid advice if you accidentally become exposed to a bleach and ammonia mixture.

    http://chemistry.about.com/od/toxicchemicals/a/Mixing-Bleach-And-Ammonia.htm]
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  8. Big Bird 928

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    :stfu 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.
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    :rofl
    You can?

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  10. Big Bird 928

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    Yep, I can, you just have to look at my ugly mug. :D Thanks for pointing that out.
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  11. koncha

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    Have you tried scrubbing with melamine foam, aka Magic Eraser?
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  12. It'sNotTheBike

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    ************** DO NOT DO THE ABOVE !!!!!! *******************

    The fumes which are created from the above mixture
    can damage the lungs of someone who breathes it,
    and can cause rapid loss of consciousness which may end
    in death if the victim is not evacuated quickly from the source
    of the gas.


    It's not clear whether you knew this when you wrote your post
    ( in which case you are a sick individual who needs serious mental health
    in-patient treatment, mandated by court order ) or if you are just an
    uninformed idiot, but either way you should be more careful before you make stupid
    recommendations that might result in serious harm or worse to someone
    who might be unwise enough to take your incredibly bad advice.

    .
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  14. Kamala

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    The trick is to keep the vinegar in contact with the Lime scale for as long as possible. Soak tissue or paper towels with the (white) vinegar and drape them over the area. Cover the vinegar soaked paper with a plastic wrap so that the plastic extends beyond the paper and seals it to the surface and keeps it from drying out. Tape it in place if you have to. Let it sit for a day or 2 and its should come off on the paper or be easily scrubbed off afterwards. Agricultural Vinegar (if you an get it) will work better.
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    Seriously, delete that post.
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  16. JamesG

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    You think it's "calcium" huh? :D


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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. :eek1
    Read and follow directions.:deal
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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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    ...Actually this is Fluff, not Jo Momma.
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  20. green hell

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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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