How to Repair the Porcelain Enamel on a Stove

Drop a heavy pot on your enamel stove and you could end up with a nasty little gouge in the surface. Often, these chips go all the way down to the bare metal and create an ugly little mark on your hob. You are hardly going to replace the entire stove because of one little chip. Patch the chip with a simple repair kit. If you prep the surface well and follow the appropriate steps, the repair job will be so good that no one will even notice the mark.

Spray the area around the chip with ammonia-based cleaner. Scrub the area to remove all grease and grime. Hobs are covered in oil and debris. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as necessary to remove all of the grime. Let the area dry completely.

Sand the area with fine grit sandpaper. Rub gently over the top of the spot until it is smooth. Remove sanding dust with a damp rag.

Shake the paint to mix. Dip a small artist's brush into the paint and dab onto the chip. Fill the chipped area until it is even with the rest of the hob surface. Let the paint dry overnight.

Dip a clean soft rag into acetone. Use the rag and your finger to remove any excess paint from the surface of the appliance. Let the acetone dry.

Add another coat of paint to completely fill the chip if necessary.


Repair kits are available in all of the basic appliance colours. If one of these kits does not match your hob, purchase a kit that allows you to mix the colour until it exactly matches your existing finish. You can also contact the stove manufacturer to find out if it sells a matching kit. You will need the model number from your stove when you call.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia-based cleaner
  • Procelain enamel chip repair kit
  • Small artist's paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Acetone
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