How to Repair Chipped Enamel in the Bath

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How to Repair Chipped Enamel in the Bath
Resurface bathroom sinks and tubs with epoxy to restore it. (bathroom image by Vonora from Fotolia.com)

Chipped enamel on the bathroom's sink and tub area can look unsightly. Resurfacing the enamel is the best solution to maintaining or restoring the appearance of your bathroom after constant wear and tear. Fortunately, repairing chipped bath enamel can be inexpensively remedied with the right tools and equipment.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Epoxy hardener
  • Soap and sponge
  • 600-grip sandpaper
  • Clean wooden stick
  • Chemical acid (found at hardware store)
  • Primer
  • Artists brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase epoxy hardener to correct chipped enamel. Bring a chipped sample of the enamel to pick the correct epoxy shade. Ask the hardware store's personnel for help in choosing an appropriate colour for your bathtub's enamel.

  2. 2

    Smooth away, with a 600-grip sandpaper, the loose enamel material. Clean the area with mild soap and water to remove dirt and extra chippings.

  3. 3

    Premix the epoxy in a plastic container. Stir the epoxy well with a clean, wooden stick for 60 seconds. Ventilate the area as to not inhale dangerous epoxy chemicals.

  4. 4

    Etch the chipped area with acid to create a surface for bonding the epoxy, and fill in the damaged bath areas with polyester filler. Lightly smooth over the surface with the sandpaper and allow the primer to dry for 60 minutes or more.

  5. 5

    Apply a thin coat of epoxy mixture to the bathtub or sink, preferably with an artist's airbrush. Allow the epoxy to dry overnight. Do not scrub the tub or sink for at least a week to allow the mixture to completely settle.

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