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In addition to general wear and tear, all it takes is a dropped hand cream jar or glass bottle to easily cause unsightly chips and cracks in a sink's surface. Fortunately, it's easy to repair a chipped sink yourself.

chipped sinkDon't let a chipped sink get you down. It's easy and inexpensive to repair a sink yourself. Photo: house of bamboo, Flickr

Chipped sinks that are left uncared for can eventually rust, leading to a problem that's bigger than just a cosmetic imperfection. Luckily, with a little DIY elbow grease, you can fix surface damage without the hefty cost of replacing the sink or hiring a professional to repair. Here's how to make chips and cracks virtually disappear.

HOW TO REPAIR AN ENAMEL SINK
Enamel repair is a relatively simple task. After your sink is washed and dried, remove any rust by sanding down the chipped area. Then, apply rubbing alcohol to the sanded area and let the sink dry completely. Once dry, apply a filler/hardener epoxy compound (available at your local hardware store) with a razor blade to fill the chip. Fill it in the same manner you would fill a hole in the wall, scraping it flush with the sink and wiping away any excess epoxy. While the epoxy is drying, fix any rough edges with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. Allow the epoxy to dry for about 24 hours before you use the sink, and don't scrub the repaired area for at least a week.

HOW TO REPAIR A PORCELAIN SINK

While porcelain sinks have beautiful finishes, they are very fragile and vulnerable to damage. The process for repairing a porcelain sink is the same as that of enamel, but in many cases you can simply just get a porcelain sink repair kit from your local hardware store. The kit includes instructions and porcelain paint available in different colors to match your sink. If you're matching a difficult hue, you can combine colors for a more precise match. Also, check with the sink's manufacturer to see if they offer touch up paint.

HOW TO REPAIR A VITREOUS CHINA SINK
Vitreous china sinks have a high-gloss, stain-resistant surface, and are the least likely to chip. Though this material is durable, abrasive cleaners can cause pitting. Two or three coats of epoxy applied on surface can restore smoothness. Even out the epoxy compound in the same way you would for enamel or porcelain.

The process used for repairing sinks, can also be used for fixing chips in enamel, porcelain and vitreous china toilets and bathtubs. Note that bigger chips might be more difficult to repair. Fixing these yourself can run a greater risk of magnifying imperfections, such as a sloppy fill or off-color paint. If the chip or crack is significant in size, consider replacing the sink or calling in a professional.

SEE ALSO:

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
Remove Rust from Stainless Steel
Space-Saving Bathroom Sinks (ShelterPop)
Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink (DIY Network)



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