How to Repair Peeled Enamel From a Sink

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How to Repair Peeled Enamel From a Sink
Metal sinks are often covered with enamel for protection. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Sinks experience extensive wear and tear, with extreme temperature changes, heavy and sharp objects being thrown around and high moisture exposure every single day. For this reason, many iron and steel sinks come protected by a top layer of enamel. The enamel resists rust and similar damage that an exposed iron or steel sink would incur. However, a bang or scratch will cause the enamel to chip, and once it's chipped little sections easily peel away. Seal the damage with an epoxy filler to prevent it from peeling any more.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wet/dry sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Two-part epoxy compound
  • Applicator

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  1. 1

    Remove all dishes from the sink. Rinse down the area to remove surface dirt and dust. Allow it to air dry completely or dry the sink with a lint-free towel before continuing.

  2. 2

    Rub down the area with 600-grit wet/dry sandpaper to remove any rust or similar damage from exposure. The sandpaper will also roughen the surface, helping the repair epoxy to stick. Wipe the area with a tack cloth to remove dust from the sandpaper.

  3. 3

    Mix the catalyst and hardener parts of a two-part epoxy compound, following product instructions. These compounds come in a variety of colours; find one that matches the enamel on your sink, or mix multiple colours together for a match.

  4. 4

    Spread the epoxy over the damaged area with a small matchstick, toothpick or brush, such as those used with nail polish. Apply a thin coat of epoxy to the damaged area; if the peeled area is much deeper than the enamel surface, apply multiple thin coats instead of one thick one to repair the damage.

  5. 5

    Allow the final coat of epoxy to dry for 24 hours before exposing the sink to any moisture. Avoid scrubbing the repaired area for seven days.

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