While porcelain toilets are durable and reliable, they can sometimes succumb to scratching. Oftentimes these injuries are superficial and can easily be remedied without the aid of a professional. You can try a few do-it-yourself remedies before consulting that plumber.
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Things you need
- Porcelain repair kit
- Clean rag
- Rubbing alcohol
Inspect the affected area to determine the level of damage. Home repair is ideal for superficial blemishes, but is not recommended for porcelain fixtures that have been deeply chipped or cracked.
Purchase a porcelain repair kit that matches the colour of the toilet as closely as possible. If an exact match cannot be found, choose a kit that is slightly lighter in colour than the toilet. Lighter is easily blended and will be less noticeable than a darker variation.
Make sure that the affected area is thoroughly cleaned. Regular soap and water can be used for this step. Harsh abrasives are not recommended, as they can cause further damage to the marred section. Dry the area off with a clean rag after washing.
Remove any additional dust and debris from the area to be fixed by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol.
Apply the porcelain paint as instructed on the kit. Generally, it is best to only apply small amounts at at a time. More can always be added to the area, but there is not much that can be done if too much is applied.
Tips and warnings
- Even with the most professional of DIY kits, the repaired area may differ slightly in appearance than the rest of the toilet. If flawless appearance is the desired result, it is recommended that the fixture be professionally re-enamelled.
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