How to Refinish Toilet Bowls

Written by audrey pannell | 13/05/2017
How to Refinish Toilet Bowls
Refinishing the inside of a toilet bowl makes it look like new. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Toilet bowls eventually show signs of age. Rust stains, chips and small cracks in the finish make the toilet bowl look unattractive and unclean. Rather than purchasing a new toilet, invest in a bathroom restoration kit. The epoxy included in such a kit covers porcelain, ceramic, fibreglass, laminate and acrylic, creating a smooth and level finish. Such a kit covers approximately 75 feet of surface, allowing you to also refinish the bathroom sink, tub or tile, depending on size. The visible results last for years.

Put on the rubber gloves provided in the kit and open bathroom windows. Put on an organic vapour respirator mask.

Shut off water to the toilet. Flush the tank until there is no water inside. If the toilet does not completely empty, use a sponge to soak up remaining water, squeezing it out into a sink.

Wipe the toilet bowl down with a clean, dry cloth.

Lightly sand the inside of the toilet with sandpaper, sanding away all rust stains. Wipe the inside down with a damp cloth, followed by a clean, dry cloth.

Repair chips and cracks with a porcelain chip repair kit, following all manufacturer's instructions.

Clean the toilet with the cleaning pad and cleanser provided in the refinishing kit. Wipe the entire surface down with a clean, dry cloth.

Mix together the two cans of epoxy included in the kit with the included mixing stick.

Apply the mixture to the toilet bowl with the brush provided. Brush marks will disappear as the epoxy levels itself.

Set the mixed epoxy and brush in the freezer for 24 hours to stop the epoxy from hardening as the first coat dries.

Remove the epoxy mixture from the freezer. Allow it to sit for about an hour.

Apply a second coat of the mixture to the entire surface of the toilet bowl.

Allow the finish to dry for five days before turning the water back on to the toilet.


Avoid inhaling chemical fumes. Always work in a well-ventilated area when working with chemicals.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid inhaling chemical fumes. Always work in a well-ventilated area when working with chemicals.

Things you need

  • Bathroom epoxy refinishing kit
  • Organic vapour respirator mask
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Porcelain chip repair kit

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