How to Repair Enameled Cookware

Updated February 21, 2017

Enamelled cookware can conjure images of the old Wild West or people gathering around a campfire. Like any other type of cookware, enamel can become scratched or chipped. Unlike porcelain, when enamel is chipped or scratched, the entire finish can start to peel off. Though scratches and chips do occur, these blemishes can be fixed with a do-it-yourself attitude and some basic repair supplies. The process isn't difficult but may take a bit of time to complete.

Moisten slightly a piece of wet/dry sandpaper, then gently sand the damaged area of the enamelled cookware with wet/dry sandpaper to get any loose particles off the cookware as well as any rust that may be present.

Clean the cookware, once sanded, with dish soap containing a degreaser and a sponge under warm water. Wash and rinse it thoroughly so all sanded particles are removed. Allow the cookware to air dry before proceeding.

Brush a food and beverage grade enamel of the same colour as the cookware onto the damaged portion. Apply a thick coat that not only covers the chip or scratch but extends just beyond it to get ample coverage. Let dry for four to six hours or as long as recommended by the manufacturer.

Sand the food and beverage grade enamel, once dry, with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth and blend it with the cookware. Wash it again afterward with dish soap and a sponge. Let the enamel cookware air dry and use it as normal.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet/dry sandpaper
  • Degreasing dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Food and beverage grade enamel with matching colour
  • Brush
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
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Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.