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Old 08-04-2018, 10:10 PM   #1
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I am replacing the factory acrylic sink with a shinny new stainless steel one. I remember reading a forum thread (which I canít find now) debating the virtues of installing the drain assembly using plumberís putty vs silicone. I remember reading that putty is not recommended for acrylic sinks, but I canít remember if silicone should also be used with SS sinks. My plan was to use plumberís putty, but wanted confirmation this before I start the project.

Plumberís Putty or Silicone?

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Old 08-04-2018, 10:16 PM   #2
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Plumbers putty gets my vote. I reassembled ours (SS) which had a small drip and it has been problem free ever since.
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:42 PM   #3
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I am replacing the factory acrylic sink with a shinny new stainless steel one. I remember reading a forum thread (which I canít find now) debating the virtues of installing the drain assembly using plumberís putty vs silicone. I remember reading that putty is not recommended for acrylic sinks, but I canít remember if silicone should also be used with SS sinks. My plan was to use plumberís putty, but wanted confirmation this before I start the project.

Plumberís Putty or Silicone?

Thanks
Do you have source for your s.s. sink ? Pat
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I used PP when I replaced the drain several years ago on my SS. I did develop a leak there last year requiring tightening a bit.

With all the bouncing around these take it might not be a bad idea to drop ETI the question and see what they use when they install stainless.
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:25 AM   #5
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Do you have source for your s.s. sink ? Pat
I actually just went to our local RV dealer and he ordered the sink for me. Itís fairly small (roughly 13Ēx14Ē).

Itís getting more and more difficult, but I try to shop locally when I can. Having said that, Amazon is so darn convenient!

Hope this helps.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:03 AM   #6
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You are correct in that you should not use plumbers putting with acrylic, they usually say right on the sink. A good bead of good silicone works good, wiping away any excess just as you would do with plumber's putty.

I generally prefer plumber's putty for metal sinks, in fact just used it on two last week on a job. It does harden a bit in time though, and I would think even with proper tightening could likely fail in time. At least this is not a catastrophic thing.

However, there is nothing wrong with using silicone with less chance to fail in a bouncing trailer, it is just messier, but with a steel sink you could use acetone for a good clean up.
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I actually just went to our local RV dealer and he ordered the sink for me. Itís fairly small (roughly 13Ēx14Ē).

Itís getting more and more difficult, but I try to shop locally when I can. Having said that, Amazon is so darn convenient!

Hope this helps.
Thankyou will take a look ! Pat
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I replaced our sink with a stainless version, using a residential bar sink chrome-plated brass drain assembly with plumbers putty with a brass tailpiece. I had to cut the existing drain pipe and replace with a new glued black ABS p-trap system as the sink drain was in a slightly different location. No leaks in six months and the sink finally drains properly (fast).
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If you're going through the work of replacing the sink, also consider replacing the trap with a HepvO.
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I replaced our sink with a stainless version, using a residential bar sink chrome-plated brass drain assembly with plumbers putty with a brass tailpiece. I had to cut the existing drain pipe and replace with a new glued black ABS p-trap system as the sink drain was in a slightly different location. No leaks in six months and the sink finally drains properly (fast).
Would absolutely love a picture of your install . Pat
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