How to Repaint an Enamel Sink

Updated February 21, 2017

A fresh coat of paint on an old enamel sink returns it to like-new condition. An old enamel sink may give the impression of retro decor for a bathroom. When a crack or scratch occurs in the sink, it is not ruined. Enamel sinks, whether old or made to appear that way, can be repainted with the right products.

Clean and dry the sink using a clean rag. Remove any dirt, dust or debris and wipe dry.

Tape off fixtures and edges. Apply masking tape around the base of faucet fixtures, the drain piece, along the edge of the wall and over any metal or other edging.

Paint the sink using epoxy based paint. Apply with a clean rag for the smoothest possible finish. This paint is waterproof and will seal any slight cracks in the basin. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours prior to use.


Repair any cracks prior to painting. The application of an epoxy-based adhesive is typically sufficient for this job.


Using a paint brush for this project will leave bristle marks. Use the rag method to avoid this issue.

Things You'll Need

  • Epoxy paint
  • Masking tape
  • Clean rags
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About the Author

Sidney Johns began her writing career in 1993 after moving to Florida. The former teacher and surgical technician worked in the home improvement industry prior to earning a Bachelor of Science in education from Indiana University. While on hiatus in 2004, Johns studied holistic healing and organic growth and gardening.