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Old 07-20-2015, 04:36 PM   #1
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Cleaner/Shower faucets peeling

What do you folks use to clean the shower stall? We have the putty color one and have always had great luck with a spray foam type non abrasive cleaner, but it appears the faucets can't be exposed to much:

Never use cleaners containing abrasive cleansers, ammonia, bleach, acids, waxes, alcohol, solvents or other products not recommended for plated metal or plastic finishes. This will void the warranty

I'm on my second set of plumbing fixtures, and all of the nickel finish is peeling again.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:56 PM   #2
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Try using Clean Shower in a spray bottle. Spray it on walls and glass daily while showering. It is fairly effective at removing/preventing scum and soap stains, etc. We are also using a water softener which also reduces hard water scale build up. I started using a portable water softener in the desert last winter because of the scaly skin from hard water and the scale build up in the faucets. It is well worth the $200. I had to R&R the kitchen faucet which started leaking because of internal scale build up. No problem after using softener.

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Old 07-21-2015, 03:52 AM   #3
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Ours looks the same way. We thought it was just that all of the shipping plastic did not get peeled off and is now just wearing off.
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:22 AM   #4
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Ours is starting to look that way also, but not quite that much. It does have some spots of corrosion on ours (patina look), and we don't even use the soap dish! There may be a DIY cleaner that may work to prevent it from happening in the first place, but I have to find the recipe online. Will post it, if I find it.
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:31 AM   #5
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Under the brushed nickel, they are just chrome. Last time the dish, faucet, shower head, and the two wall brackets all peeled. I haven't looked that close this time yet, just noticed the soap dish doing it again.

Now I realize I'm being told its the cleaner I'm using, but why isn't my Brushed nickel oxygenics shower head doing it that has been on there for over a year....
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:50 AM   #6
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Brad - it likes you more than the fixture does. LOL
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Before exiting the shower while everything is still wet we use Turtle Wax Wax & Dry & old towel on walls, fixtures, doors, but not the floor, no water spots & no peeling.
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Old 07-21-2015, 11:58 AM   #8
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Could it be the quality of the fixture supplier that Redwood uses ?
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Old 07-21-2015, 01:00 PM   #9
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Your right Rosey. They picked up a ton of the chromed versions and buyers wanted brushed nickel. What to do? Spray or dip them in a solution to make them look like brushed nickel. The results they hoped would hold up for a few years. NOPE! Mine started the process of degrading from month five. We do not use anything strong just normal usage. Check out your sink drain. Ours never looked right. The shower is waxed three or four times every year and that looks new and fresh all the time except for the lovely fixtures. You can't win. By the way real brushed nickel or chrome is usually on a real metal base and not white metal. Something about electro bonding.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:04 PM   #10
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So it's probably not my cleaner?
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Right Brad......this happened on my last 5er's (Cardinal) bathroom faucet & had nothing to do with any cleaners. The "brushed" nickel coating started to peel so as i recall....I think that I used auto rubbing compound to remove the nickel finish down to the chrome. LOTS of elbow grease but turned out great. May be worth a shot to try this??
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ya I guess I'll have to do something. I may try to covert it to a standard set of residential style.
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Yep I will be converting to residential faucets sometime in the near future. Our bathroom fixtures look terrible.
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It's funny, I typically would consider the line of plumbing fixtures carried by Lowes or Home Depot to be low quality, but Durafaucet put a new dimension to low.

I'll feel like the Ritz with cheap Home Depot fixtures!
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Lowes and Home Depot both have their store brand. (Glacier Bay is Home Depots I believe, I can't remember what Lowe's is) I've used them many times for residential use and unless they have changed their policies, they have a lifetime warranty. If you have a problem, take them back and get a replacement. I've never heard of the Redwood used brand you mentioned. I wonder where it comes from????????
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:46 PM   #16
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I actually never looked to see if they were made under another flag, but they are at least distributed out of Washington. Great policy for replacement, they will continue to supply you with defective faucets as long as you keep asking for them. I have an inventory of chrome ones that used to be brushed nickel. They seem to be good for a season each.

Another RV type plumbing fixture is Phoenixfaucets, which I think is what Camping World sells. I originally thought the sink might be that, but I believe they are durafaucet.
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With faucets you get what you pay for...Kohler, Delta, Price Pfister, Moen are all good products. They all have lifetime warranties on function and finishes. The fixtures in most RV's...RW included, are not "top of the line" fixtures. Although they look nice new, they are made with less expensive materials to save on cost and weight...just like many other materials used in RV manufacturing. That's why a lot of us end up making upgrades to many items in our units for the residential feel and product expectations that we are use to having with a "traditional" home.
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Low cost and lightweight does not have to equal defective. It sounds like these shower fixtures are just plain defective.
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AA...I bet they looked and worked great when they were new! : )
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My kitchen faucet crapped out in less than 6 months, I replaced it with a Moen on sale at Lowe's & reimbursed by RW. If you have the dishwasher it's a real job to change, if I were 3' tall with 4' arms with 2 more joints in them it would have been a piece of cake.
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