Asked on May 09, 2015

How do I get cigarette burns out of fiberglass tub?

James Halloran
by James Halloran
I bought a camper and the side of the tub has burns from where they left their cigarettes. The burns are not deep. I was wondering if I could maybe sand it with a fine grit paper or is there any other way?
  20 answers
  • Bil371549 Bil371549 on May 10, 2015
    I don't know if you can get a gel toilet cleaner with bleach. I have great success wetting a cloth with the gel and laying The cloth over the burn. It will take a few goes to fade the burn.
  • Cathy Troccoli Cathy Troccoli on May 10, 2015
    I just had same problem,I used a very fine grit sandpaper. The scratch marks can be polished out with a car wax.
  • Sarawest Sarawest on May 10, 2015
    I have had some success with an SOS scrubbie.
  • Rebecca Ruge Rebecca Ruge on May 10, 2015
    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge?
  • Carole Bisby Carole Bisby on May 10, 2015
    I would try very light sanding and then try putting white nail polish to cover over stain?
  • James Halloran James Halloran on May 10, 2015
    I don't smoke for one. The question stated in the beginning that I bought it like that. For everyone who read the question, thank you so much for you help.
  • Susan E Susan E on May 10, 2015
    If all the burns are on the edge if the tub, you could tape off a strip that encloses all the burns, sand, and paint with one of the wonderful Rust-o-leum paints that are available now. You may have to prime it then coat with poly. Could be really cute.
  • Jhunt10 Jhunt10 on May 10, 2015
    James Halloran, Just ignore all the careless & non helpful comments, obviously these people are sadly lacking in social skills & perhaps reading skills!! Lol BTW, I was born in Chattanooga, Tn & grew up in South Pittsburg & Stevenson, Alabama. I've been to Fairhope quite a few times when I was young. Good luck! Post the solution so everyone who has this problem can resolve.
  • TeeTop TeeTop on May 10, 2015
    Definitely can remove them. Exact situation encountered totally removed used a product Magic Clean 'R. The owner of the house later called and he removed stains in other houses he was always works. When I find it at store always have a couple of jars on hand. Non-toxic, phosphate free and biodegradable. Have nothing to do with this product however was only product I have found to clean an oven or anything else that I was not allergic too. Hope you find some, here in Canada, retails around 5.00$ a jar at large hardware stores. Have also removed the black marks our hockey player bags leave on fiberglass door frames as they enter our houses, haha. Good luck in finding some.
  • Bonnie Bonnie on May 10, 2015
    Sand it smooth with emory board or nail file, then go to walmart and get a small bottle of porcaline epoxy comes in a container about the size of " white out container," or nail polish containter, in the paint section, or ask an employee, then paint over where you sanded you will never see it, if they are white! this works perfect on cigarette or rust stains and if you ever chips off which I have not experienced, then you can just retouch. Very Durable......
  • Joyce Joyce on May 10, 2015
    Thank you for posting this. I have the same problem with a bathroom vanity in a house we recently bought and hope to live in if we can get it cleaned up. I appreciate all the suggestions!
  • Kathy Quear Kathy Quear on May 10, 2015
    BON AMI CLEANSER,,WORKED AWESOME FOR ME,,and doesn't scratch surface
  • Rebecca B Rebecca B on May 10, 2015
    I had the same problem when we purchased a used camper. I sanded it with 150 grit sandpaper then again with 200 grit sandpaper. I then polished it with car wax that lasts over a year. Now you can not detect where the burns were.
  • Rus1058682 Rus1058682 on May 10, 2015
    When I worked in fiberglass (a custom boat factory), I was the gelcoater, as in I did the "paint" or gelcoat. I used an ultra-fine, sanding 'paper'.. It was more of a piece of plastic with a rough side to it when I encountered boats that came in for a makeover. Remember to use this with plenty of water, (wet sanding) Then use turtle wax to buff it to a glossy shine.. Hope this helped.. Oh, and you can usually get the product at a paint store or hardware store..
  • Marilyn V Marilyn V on May 11, 2015
    I had a cigarette burn on a sink in an apartment I had rented. This may sound silly but I got rid of it using my dental cleanser, Stain Away. The owner of the apartment said that they had tried everything for several years to get rid of it. It may take a few tries but it will take it out.
  • CindySprigg CindySprigg on May 12, 2015
    use these two powders....first pumice and then rotten stone...both found at most hardware stores
  • Kim Kim on May 13, 2015
    I've gotten cigarette burns up with magic eraser
  • Patricia Patricia on May 17, 2015
    you could try rubbing it back with toothpaste.
  • Janet chambers Janet chambers on Dec 21, 2015
    I also used toothpaste that had a little grit to it. Put it on, let it sit ten minutes and then lightly rub in with a clean cloth. If that doesn't get it all off, use a very "Light" sandpaper on just that spot. This worked pretty good for me. I even painted it with a little dab of paint to make sure it was as bright as the sink.
  • Alex Alex on Dec 21, 2015
    Use wet and dry sandpaper fine grit does the trick I've used it to remove scratches and cigarette burns from sinks and tubs and leaves a smooth finish