We normally find enamel and porcelain bathtubs and sinks in Canadian homes. It is not surprising since they are very resilient. But that does not mean they are not invincible. In fact, you might find that if you drop something really heavy or hard (accidentally or otherwise), the surface of these fixtures could be easily chipped. When that happens, do you have to replace your fixture? Perhaps not! Because fortunately for you, the repair it requires can be quite easy, too.
If you are intent on doing a DIY bathtub or sink repair, then you should start by taking a trip to your local hardware store where you can buy an epoxy repair kit. Before you begin your repair, clean and dry the area of the tub or sink that is chipped. Use a sandpaper to remove any small particles remaining and to get a rough texture that is going to make it easier for a strong bond to be made by epoxy.
Epoxy is made up of two separate solutions that you should mix as directed on the package. Do not mix everything all at once as you might need to apply the epoxy in a few thin layers that have to dry in between, especially if you have a large chip. That means you are going to have to work in batches.
There are kits that come with a small applicator brush, but if yours doesn’t, you can always use a fine paintbrush or even a toothpick for the application. Make sure you check the instructions regarding drying times. Once you have applied the last coat, leave it untouched for 24 hours. If you get an uneven surface, you can wait for a week then use a sandpaper to smoothen the area.
Since most bathtubs and sinks are white, you’ll find that most epoxies are also white. There are some that can be mixed in various proportions to cover a range of shades and to achieve a closer match. If you are concerned about this, it might be better to ask for professional assistance at the hardware store so you can be sure that you have the right product. Of course, if there’s no match, you can touch up the area (once the epoxy has hardened) with enamel paint. This can be a challenge in itself, however, as finding the perfect match might also be difficult.
If you’re lucky, the chip in your tub or sink will be quite easy to fix. Remember, though, that if the damage is severe, you might have to replace your fixture altogether! Call Hayes Plumbing to find out more about your replacement options.