How to Repair a Ceramic Tile Chip

Written by f.r.r. mallory
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Ceramic tile is very durable but can be chipped. When this happens, the chipped area often attracts dirt and may spoil the look of the entire tile surface. It is important to repair chips to restore the smooth, finished appearance of the tile. When possible, damaged tiles should be replaced with new ones. If this isn't an option the repair should disguise the damage as much as possible.

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Things you need

  • Nylon bristle brush
  • Dish soap
  • Hair dryer
  • Oil-based primer
  • Disposable artist's brush
  • Oil-based paint
  • Clear, waterproof marine epoxy
  • Cardboard
  • Toothpicks

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  1. 1

    Scrub the chipped area with a white nylon bristle brush, dish soap and water. You want to repair the cleanest surface possible. Dry with a clean rag and a hair dryer.

  2. 2

    Purchase a hobby-sized bottle of oil-based primer/sealer. Apply primer to the chipped surface. Be careful not to get primer on the finished tile surface. Allow the primer to dry from 2 to 4 hours.

  3. 3

    Apply oil-based paint on top of the primer, being careful not to paint the finished tile surface. To get the perfect match, provide your paint dealer with a sample tile. Allow the paint 2 to 4 hours to dry between coats. Give it 24 hours to dry after the last coat.

  4. 4

    Mix a two-part, waterproof marine epoxy by squirting equal parts from the provided syringe onto scrap cardboard. Carefully apply epoxy to the painted repair, covering only the repair. Smooth the epoxy and allow the area to dry for 24 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Chip repair is designed to disguise colour differences and to make the chipped area waterproof. It is not designed to fill large gaps or replace missing tile chunks.

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