How to Remove Scratches From a Stainless Steel Enamel Tub

Tubs that have both stainless steel and porcelain enamel on them merge traditional and modern home materials. Both materials are resistant to staining but are susceptible to scratches from very abrasive cleaning solutions or tools such as coarse steel wool or stiff-bristled brushes. Remove light scratches yourself, but contact a professional if the scratches are very deep.

Removing Light Enamel Scratches
1 Clean the area thoroughly with a solution of 2 drops liquid dish soap and 1 cup lukewarm water. Rub the solution into the area with a clean cloth and rinse it away with water. Dry the area completely.

2 Sand the scratch with the sandpaper provided in the porcelain repair kit. Sand to rough up the scratched surface so that the patching compound will adhere to the area. Limit sanding to just the scratched area.

3 Soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and rub it over the area to remove porcelain dust from sanding. Let the rubbing alcohol dry completely.

4 Mix the repair compound with the paint provided in the repair kit. Use the proper proportions dictated by the manufacturer's instructions. If you don't use the right proportions the paint will be too dark and you'll have to mix another batch.

5 Spread the mixed repair compound over the scratched area with a razor blade. Press the blade over the area to smooth it out and press the compound into the scratches.

6 Soak a cotton swab in nail polish remover. Dab the cotton swab on the areas surrounding the scratch to remove excess paste. Let the compound dry completely.

7 Buff the area with a cloth to blend it with the rest of the porcelain enamel.

Removing Light Stainless Steel Scratches
1 Clean the stainless steel thoroughly with a cloth soaked in white vinegar.

2 Wet the stainless steel thoroughly with water.

3 Sprinkle scouring powder over the scratched area.

4 Soak a plastic scrubbing pad in water and scrub it over the scratch mark. Make long and even strokes over the scratch to blend it with the surrounding. Always rub in the direction of the grain to avoid making more scratched. This process will not remove deep scratches.

5 Rinse the area with clear water and dry it completely with a clean cloth. Don't let stainless steel air dry as this will leave water marks and streaks.