How do I remove discoloration and water spots?

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Replaced bathroom faucet the old one had a bigger base so there is discoloration where the new base doesn't cover and the faucet shows water spots what can I do

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  • Judy Judy on Sep 04, 2018

    Great question. One thing I have learned is that Clorox wipes discolor faucets. The bleach also pits it.

    There is paint but it will chip off. My suggestion is car polish for chrome if that’s what it is.

    It will shine it up even if the spots don’t come out but they just might.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Sep 04, 2018

    Get a water softener and it will cut back on the lime/calcium spots in the future.

  • William William on Sep 06, 2018

    What kind of countertop?

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 06, 2018

    Water spots can be cleaned with supercloth.


    Discoloration could be due to the elements on the previously exposed surface and you are actually seeing the true counter tops.

  • William William on Sep 06, 2018

    Make a paste of baking powder and water. Slather it over the discoloration and leave it till it dries. Then wipe off and repeat if necessary. Clean off the water spots with a cloth dampened wit vinegar. Dry completely. Then apply some paste car wax to slow the spotting.

  • 16999903 16999903 on Sep 07, 2018

    Hello Dro! Gosh....this is a tough one. If I'm understanding correctly, your old faucet base was larger than the new one, and now rust and hard water stains are showing on your sink around the base of your new hardware? The sink ceramic is the problem, not your new faucet?


    I have had to deal with this on an iron base sink coated in ceramic where the overflow opening had rusted and caused a streak into the sink bowl.


    I found this link to try.

    https://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-remove-iron-and-rust-stains5.htm



    If you are lucky and your sink is white, you may be able to use the above treatment without a problem. In our case, the sink was not white and we could not find a ceramic color to match. If you do have white, you can create the illusion around the new base that you have a design on your sink that mimics the shape of the new faucet base. Using clear or frosted contact paper, you may need to make a pattern under the base of your new faucet, cut it out, stick it back on and use white ceramic paint to create the illusion that the sink has a circle pattern around your hardware and hiding the stains.


    Not seeing the sink, this might not be do-able, so just the touch up ceramic paint might be your only solution. Best of luck! Come back if you need further instruction for creating the pattern around your new faucet set. And please send pictures of how you are doing?