Home /
Search 🔍
the Site
pub Where the world gathers for
plating, anodizing, & finishing Q&As since 1989


ZAP cleaner damage to bathroom fixtures

RFQ: I love Zap [affil link] but have not been able to find it in a few years. Sellers on Amazon want $175 for 2 bottles, which I can't afford. Is there product still available?

Karen Sowell
House Wife Cleaning Lady - Oklahoma
January 9, 2023
    privately respond to this RFQ   ^
Ed. note: As always, gentle readers: technical replies in public and commercial replies in private please (huh? why?)

A. Hi Karen. You can get a single bottle from e-bay for about half the price of 2 bottles from Amazon, but I agree it's awfully expensive. If you're patient you can look up the SDS / MSDS for Zap Professional Restorer, find out roughly what's in it, and try to find another product with similar contents.
Luck & Regards,
pic of Ted Mooney
Ted Mooney, P.E. RET
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

Closely related historical posts, oldest first ...

Q. I have chemical "stains" on my bathroom fixtures after using Zap [affil link] to clean the tiles. I've tried several metal polishes to try to remove the discoloration, but nothing has worked so far. Is there anything that can counteract the damage from ZAP short of replacing the fixtures?

Darendia McCauley
- OKC, Oklahoma

A. Hi Darendia. By 'fixtures' I assume you mean metal faucet spouts and handles. If metal polish doesn't work, it sounds like the plating has been damaged. You can't re-plate them yourself and I don't think there is any paint that you can apply that will really work.

If the fixtures are run-of-the-mill, it will probably be less expensive to replace them. If they are antique, or of super quality, or of sentimental value, a plating jobshop can replate them for you.

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

Q. I was spraying this product called "Zap" on a rusty grill and I had this grill over my stainless steel sink. I left the grill over my stainless steel sink with this zap solution dripping into my sink, now my stainless steel sink has this stain in it and I cannot get this stain off of my sink, please tell me what should I do to remove this stains.

Doris Johnson
- Charlotte, North Carolina

A. G'Day,
If you can paint on some pickling gel on the rusted area, you will find that the entire sink will cry out for attention. Be very aware however that the "gel" is extremely corrosive but very effective. Make sure that all trace is well flushed away if this sink is used for food preparation.

Michael Hein
Michael Hein
- Sydney, NSW, Australia

Barkeeper's Friend 2-pack

Affil. Link
Your purchases make finishing.com possible

Q. I had the same problem with Zap. Did you ever find out how to remove the stain?

Marlene Dagen
- Aliquippa. Pennsylvania

A. When the zap is left too long on the fixtures it will turn them brownish. I did the same thing. However, I used Tarn-X [affil link] and it fixed the problem. I really like the Zap [affil link] for tile and have found nothing to compare with it. So rather than give up the zap I do my cleaning in a timely manner!

Darlene Dahl
- Priest River, Idaho

A. I splashed zap on my stainless steel appliances, which left marks. I contacted the company and they sent me a product made for steel that removed the marks. I think it would work on faucets too! Good luck

Lee Young
- Everett, Massachusetts

A. I also got involved with the product ZAP, which is an acid, and it left spots all over my stainless steel sink. Thanks to your great source of information and BARKEEPERS FRIEND.
I have a new looking sink again.

Jerry De Baker
- Warren, Michigan
November 9, 2008

Q. I too have gotten Zap tile cleaner on my kitchen sink (stainless steel) and black spots have appeared. I heard one person respond that their appliance manufacturer recommended something that works. Could you share the name of the product?

Justin Brimfield
- New York, New York
October 29, 2011

A. Hi, Justin. I think Lee was suggesting that s/he contacted the manufacturer of Zap, and they sent him/her a restorative product. But it's hard to be sure, and that posting is a bit dated so I doubt that Lee is monitoring this page.


Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

A. I accidentally spilled some ZAP into my stainless steel sink when pouring from one container into another. I noticed the following day that there were black stains all over the bottom of the sink. I found this blog online, read about "Barkeeper's Friend", and got some. I used it on the sink, and it worked like magic--the sink now looks brand new! Thanks for the advice--it really works!

Hillary Green
- Ft Lauderdale, Florida
March 15, 2012

Q. Please let me know what metals can't be touched by Zap. I know that it works well on fiberglass and copper pots, but what else can I do with it? I've been too disabled for all this hard work at home for the last 14 years, so I think this might be the answer. Thank you for listening. I hope it doesn't come from CHINA. Thank you.

Sylvia Brown
Chronic pain sufferer 14 years - Oroville, California
June 25, 2016

Q, A, or Comment on THIS thread -or- Start a NEW Thread

Disclaimer: It's not possible to fully diagnose a finishing problem or the hazards of an operation via these pages. All information presented is for general reference and does not represent a professional opinion nor the policy of an author's employer. The internet is largely anonymous & unvetted; some names may be fictitious and some recommendations might be harmful.

If you are seeking a product or service related to metal finishing, please check these Directories:

Chemicals &
Consult'g, Train'g
& Software

About/Contact    -    Privacy Policy    -    ©1995-2023 finishing.com, Pine Beach, New Jersey, USA