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SUSANC

06:18AM | 09/18/04
Member Since: 09/17/04
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Bvplumbing
It appears our Americast sink was not installed properly. Water has gotten under one spot along the side, and it looks like rust is eating through to the top edge on one side. There is a gap of about 1/8 inch between the sink rim and Corian countertop. The rim has expanded a little at that point. Can the rust be cleaned out to stop further damage? Can I pack something under the rim to kill the rust?

LonnythePlumber

06:53AM | 09/18/04
You may have a warranty claim and not an installation failure. I am prejudice against the Americast products and other plumbers are not. The Americast originated as an economical and lighter approach to cast iron. Installing a real cast iron tub or sink is a job. Some plumbers tell people they don't even make cast iron anymore.

The Americast system is an enameled steel sink with a thick coating. Enameled steel is cheaper than stainless steel. These are very prone to chipping and I am surprised one of these were installed with a good corian countertop.

The coating can't rust so it must be where the steel sink is connected to the coating.

Cleaning rust off and painting with appliance paint will usually stop rust. But you may have some seperation beyond the surface that you see.

I would call about a warranty claim. Manufacturing defects happen with all products.


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