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Unread 10-09-2020, 10:46 AM   #1
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Plumber putty stain

Had new chrome fixtures installed on marble composite bathroom vanity. After install there were circular stains around new fixtures (see photo). I was told stains were from old plumbers putty. I'm new to this forum and am hoping to tap into your knowledge dealing with this problem. I did see some posts by jkmin from last year indicating Goof-Off and Mr. Clean and elbow grease helped him.
Have tried Stonetech/DuPont oil stain remover to no effect. Wouls appreciate any help the Pros on this forum could provide...Thanks
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Unread 10-09-2020, 05:19 PM   #2
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Its cultured marble, more likely a chemical reaction. I would suggest a bigger escutcheon.
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Welcome to the forum, Mike.

Were the new fixtures installed by a pro? I ask because any experienced remodeler knows to use silicone instead of plumbers putty to set fixtures like that on cultured marble. They do make oil-less plumbers putty, but some installers also avoid that out of an abundance of caution.

I’ve not had any luck removing a stain like that. If the remedies you mentioned improve things, that means the stain is a surface contaminant, rather than a stain that’s gotten into the surface.

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Hi Mike,

The surface of cultured "marble" is actually plastic. The plumbers putty might have destroyed the surface.
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Thanks John....Am trying several solvents as well as pastes. So far no luck so you may be correct.
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Hi Tool Guy.....Thanks for info. New fixtures were installed by pro who used a silicone based compound to set. He actually was the one who identified stain after removing old components.

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Hi Jeff....Thanks for reply. Given trouble so far removing stain I definitely will
look into going the larger escutcheon route.

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