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Old 11-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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I'll be starting a job this Thursday morning. Residential repaint of two bathrooms. They haven't been painted in about ten years. The guest bath isn't bad but the master bath probably has a build up of soap scum and cleaning agents on it. Any good suggestions to remove these before painting?
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scrubbing bubbles?
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Easy Off (No Fume) oven cleaner. I asked about soap scum on a cleaning forum and a lady I trusted advised me to try it. That was after I tried acidic and caustic cleaners. It melted right off and is easy to rinse. It actually is very low odor and doesn't require a respirator. Cleaning nirvana for a shower door. Its an alcohol I believe so it shouldn't affect the existing coating on the walls.
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Thanks guys. I was thinking of Scrubbing Bubbles, it's what I use to clean my bath tile and tub and it works pretty good but wasn't sure how it would do on paint. Easy Off sounds interesting too. I might give them both a try as an experiment and compare the results.
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50:50 white vinegar and water with a dash of baking powder and a squirt of blue Dawn concentrate. Mix in a spray bottle and usually stuff just wipes off after a little dwell time.
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I would pick the easy off over the bubbles( not sure how it would affect the paint)

dwell time?
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Kaboom! Works well on soap scum.

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How much dwell time for that?
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soak time

Sorry. Normal paint slingers don't dwell on things but the PW guys do
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Sorry. Normal paint slingers don't dwell on things but the PW guys do

must be a deep south thing, you are the second guy to use dwell, so don't feel too bad
I was just bustin chops anyway

I don't think there are ANY normal people around here
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