How to Fix Broken Ceramic Tile

Written by kevin mcdermott
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If you have ceramic tiles that are broken, missing large chunks or coming out of place, you generally have to replace them. However, if the tile is just cracked or chipped, you can do a surface repair using epoxy glue. Epoxy dries rock-hard making it the perfect substance to fill in the missing ceramic, and you can paint it. Match the existing colour by bringing to your home improvement store either a sample of the tile of a photo of it.

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Things you need

  • Household cleanser
  • Epoxy glue kit
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Artist's paintbrush
  • Polyurethane gloss

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  1. 1

    Clean the tiles thoroughly with household cleanser.

  2. 2

    Open the epoxy kit and mix the two compounds as instructed. Depending on the brand, this will often be a matter of pressing down the plungers on two separate syringes to combine them.

  3. 3

    Dab the mixed epoxy directly onto the chipped or cracked area of the tile. Immediately run the flat edge of your putty knife over it to force it into the damaged area and to smooth it out.

  4. 4

    Let the epoxy set for 24 hours.

  5. 5

    Sand the dried epoxy with fine sandpaper, using light, quick strokes. Sand it until it is completely flat. Wipe up the dust.

  6. 6

    Dab paint over the epoxy with your artist's brush. Cover the sanded epoxy (not the surrounding tile surface) but don't overdo it. Let the paint dry for a day.

  7. 7

    Apply polyurethane over the paint with the same brush. Apply a light, thin, even coat with the brush strokes all going in the same direction. Let the polyurethane dry for eight hours.

  8. 8

    Lightly sand the polyurethane with your fine sandpaper. Apply a second layer of polyurethane in the same manner as the first. Let it dry, sand it and apply a third layer. Let the third layer dry for 24 hour before walking on it.

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