Porcelain sinks are popular, but they are also vulnerable to chips, scratches and other damage that can leave them unattractive and in need of repair. While you can replace the entire sink if necessary, small chips and other damage can also be repaired. All you need is some time, basic supplies and a porcelain repair kit. Here's a look at some tips to help you repair chips in your sink with ease.
Start With a Clean Surface – Clean the sink and the surrounding area with your regular bathroom cleaner. Rinse the whole thing so you don't leave any residue behind, and dry everything with a lint-free cloth.
Sand the Edges – Use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the inside surface and edges of the chipped area. Don't sand the porcelain around the chip, though. You want to preserve the finish around it as much as possible. After sanding, wipe the area down with a damp, soft rag. This removes any residual sanding dust. Dry the space completely before moving on.
Test the Filler – Mix up a small amount of filler from the porcelain repair kit on a disposable piece of cardboard. Check the color against the sink to be sure that it's going to match. You might need to mix a couple of different kit colors to get the perfect match for your sink. Once you think you have a color that's close enough to match, let a small amount of it dry so you can be sure it will match when it's set.
Prepare the Filler – Once you've got the matched color, mix up enough filler to patch the chipped space. If it's a small chip, you can apply it with a toothpick or something similar. If you're patching a large space, you'll need to use a putty knife. Spread the filler in thin layers, letting each layer dry before you apply the next. It can take several hours for each layer to dry, so check it before you put the next layer on.
Sand the Surface – Once the patch is complete and everything is dry, sand the whole area with super-fine sandpaper. Wipe the sink with a soft rag to remove any sanding dust.
Apply the Glaze – Finish the sink with a fresh application of surface glaze from the repair kit. Apply it in thin layers, letting each layer dry before you apply the next. Repeat the applications until the repaired area is even with the surrounding space.
As you can see, there's no need to jump into such major repair work as replacing an entire sink when you can patch the porcelain chips with ease. For more information, contact Rapid Rooter Of Central Oregon or a similar location.