How to Repair or Resurface Bathtubs and Sinks
  Tips on repairing damage to the porcelain surface of sinks and bathtubs.
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How to Repair or Resurface Bathtubs and Sinks

© Emerson Lockwood 2007

Remodeling a bathroom? Is it time to do something with that avocado color sink and tub? In the past, colors like avocado, red or black sinks or bathtubs were in style and popular. Today these colors are outdated. The color of your tub or sink can easily be changed to give you a fresh new updated look in your bathroom. The most popular colors currently are almond or white. You can always buy new ones, but will your budget handle that kind of an expense?

Chips in a bathtub or bathroom sink can easily be fixed by resurfacing them. Resurfacing will work on bathroom sinks and tubs, but is not suitable for toilets because of standing water or for kitchen sinks because of the wear and tear they take on a daily basis.


If it's just a chip or crack that needs to be repaired, refurbishing can be the way to go. This can be done in about two hours and accomplished by following the directions below. Just remember to be safety minded when you are working with paints and the acids required to complete the job. Be sure to wear heavy-duty rubber gloves, safety glasses and work in a well-ventilated area. Keep children and pets away from the chemicals used and the room you are working in.

First you will need to chip out and remove all the loose material as possible Following the safety measures listed above carefully etch the area with acid to create a good surface for bonding. Chemicals are necessary to get a good bond or your repair will not hold but will peel off. Be sure to read and heed all the warnings when using epoxy resins and muriatic acids. Epoxy is widely used as a primer to better improve the adhesion of paints while hydrochloric acid (also known as muriatic acid) must be handled with appropriate safety precautions because it is a highly corrosive liquid.

After the etching process is completed, fill all the chipped areas with polyester filler. Polyester filler products bond quite well to a variety of metal and composite surfaces, and will accept all types of enamel, epoxy, lacquer and paint stains as a surface finish. After it is applied and sets, a light sanding will smooth out the surface. Next you will apply a primer allowing it to dry completely. Then paint your sink or tub and allow it to dry overnight. An artistís airbrush can be used in the process to help refinish the area.

There are a couple things to be aware of before you decide on doing a touchup only. Matching the color of your current tub or sink can be very difficult, even if it is white. There are many different shades of white. Due to this resurfacing the entire tub or sink can be easier than trying to do touch ups only. Whether you resurface or refurbish, the end result will be a bathroom with a fresh new look.

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