Ceramic walls are common to bathrooms and kitchens. They are durable and can get wet without worries, making them ideal for areas with water. Though they are typically durable, sometimes ceramic wall tiles crack, get nicked or break. Damage ruins the appearance and usefulness of the tiles, leaving weakness in the wall that needs repair.
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Things you need
- Epoxy glue
- Coloured enamel
- Matching ceramic tiles
Assess the damage. Minor damage, like a crack or corner that has been broken off but not lost, can be easily fixed while major damage can require replacement tiles. Look at the type of damage and the amount of damage.
Repair cracks with epoxy glue mixed with coloured enamel to match the tile. For minor damage such as a crack, use epoxy glue to fill in the crack. The enamel is to match the tile to make the glue less noticeable. Small chips in the corners or nicks in the middle can be fixed using the same method. Allow one day for the epoxy glue to dry.
Fix large chipped corners using adhesive and the fallen corner. Unless the corner is lost it is possible to put a small amount of adhesive beneath the corner and press the corner back into place. This avoids replacing the tile completely, while still repairing the tile. Be careful not to put on too much adhesive.
Replace tiles that are badly damaged. Leaving badly damaged tiles can be hazardous. To replace damaged tiles, carefully chip out the grout around the tile until the tile is loose before taking the tile out. Remove all chipped grout and check that the replacement tile fits before putting adhesive to the back and pressing the tile into the space, moving back and forth to ensure it sticks. Add the grout after 24 hours.
Tips and warnings
- Don't get the tile wet until at least 24 hours after you complete the repair. This avoids accidentally removing the repair.
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