Sinks made from porcelain are durable and attractive to the eyes. Unfortunately, they are not impossible to damage and over the years they may become chipped, nicked, or even cracked. Rather than throwing out a beautiful porcelain sink that is slightly damaged, repair it by following the steps below.
You will need:
• Epoxy porcelain repair compound
• Oil-based or alkyd paint (high-gloss)
• Medium-grit sandpaper
• Single-edge razor blade
• Rubbing alcohol
• Wooden stirring stick
• Fingernail polish remover
• Cotton swabs
• Piece of glass or tile
Step 1: Wash the sink and dry it. Use the sandpaper to sand the area that will be repaired, being careful not to scratch undamaged porcelain surrounding this spot. Continue sanding until smooth. Apply rubbing alcohol to one of the cloths and use the cloth to remove additional debris from the repair area. Let this area dry.
Step 2: Mix the repair compound and oil-based paint with the stir stick, using the piece of tile or glass as your palette. Adjust the amount of paint to match the sink color.
Step 3: Apply the mixture to the repair spot with the razor blade. Remove excess and smooth edges with the edge of the blade.
Step 4: Once the mixture has hardened, apply enough fingernail polish to a cotton swab to soak it. Clean the edges of the repaired area with the swab. This removes excess compound mixture and helps blend the repaired area into surrounding porcelain. Let the nail polish remover dry. If your hands have compound mixture on them, use a clean cloth soaked in nail polish remover to clean them.
Step 5: Keep the repaired area dry for one to two days so the repair can cure completely. Once the repair is cured, the sink can be used in the normal manner.