Every beautiful home deserves a beautiful bathroom, but this beauty can be easily marred by something as simple as dropping a heavy object like a glass bottle into the sink. The result is that the enamel of an otherwise perfectly smooth sink is damaged by a deep and ugly hole. Losing a chip out of a sink does not mean that it’s necessary to completely replace the entire fixture. The process of repairing a chip in an enamel sink is relatively straightforward for even a novice home handyman. All that is required are the right tools and materials.
What’s Needed to Fix a Chipped Enamel Sink
To repair a chipped enamel sink requires the purchase of a sink enamel repair kit. These kits are available in a wide range of colours so that homeowners needing to make a repair can easily match the colour of the sink they own. In addition to the kit, anyone making this repair will also need a very small brush (or a wooden match) and some wet/dry sandpaper. Make sure the sandpaper is about 600 grit so that the enamel is not damaged. The last thing the repair should do is make the problem worse. Detergent, a sponge (and possibly fingernail polish remover and a cotton swab) will also be needed.
Cleaning the Surface
Before beginning the actual repair, the sink has to be carefully prepared. Use water, detergent and a sponge to scrub clean the chipped area on the sink. There should be no grime, loose enamel or dirt on the area near the chip itself. For difficult to remove dirt, try using a bit of fingernail polish remover on a cotton swab.
After cleaning, it is important to remove all of the soap and chemical residue is also removed. If any soap or chemical residue remains it may interfere with the adhesion of the chip repair kit epoxy. Carefully dry the sink with paper towels or a clean dry cloth. Then allow the area to completely air dry for at least an hour.
Preparing the Surface for the Repair
The damaged area has to be further prepared before the epoxy can be used. First use the 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper to completely remove any remaining dirt or grime, as well as any rust on the metal surface. Next, use the sandpaper to create a rough surface on the edges of the chip and on the metal. This will help to ensure that the liquid epoxy patch will fully adhere after it has been applied.
Applying the Repair Kit Epoxy
Use the manufacturer’s directions in the repair kit to mix together the two components of the epoxy. Generally, this mixture will have to sit for 25 minutes after mixing before it can be used for the repair. Once it’s ready, use the small brush (or a wooden match) to begin applying the epoxy mixture to the chipped area. Don’t apply too much at one time. This process requires a number of thin coats of the epoxy material.
Before applying the second coat, it’s important to allow the first layer to completely dry. The instructions in the kit should mention how long this should be. Then lightly sand the repair area before applying the next layer. Repeat this process with every layer. Once the repair has been completed, it should be allowed to dry for at least 24 hours. Do not use the sink at all during this time. In addition, do not clean or scrub the repaired section for 10 days.
Buying the Kit and Materials on eBay
One of the great things about the Internet is how easy it is to buy virtually anything online, which allows consumers to avoid the hassle of going to a brick-and-mortar store to make their purchase. While a homeowner might be able to find the enamel repair kit and other materials needed to make this repair at a local retailer, it might not be the best possible price (or even the best possible product).
By going to eBay, buyers have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of brands and types. This allows them to select exactly the repair kit they need at a bargain price. The process of finding the materials needed to repair a chipped enamel sink at eBay is relatively straightforward. Just enter a few relevant search terms, such as “enamel repair” or “sandpaper” and products from all over the world will appear in the search results. It’s easy to pay on eBay and often shipping is free. This means that chipped enamel sink can be repaired in no time.