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Fix a Chipped Sink

Whether it’s a plumber’s wrench or a heavy stockpot, slips happen—and vitreous china, fireclay, and enameled-metal sinks often bear the scars. Luckily, DIY repair kits that contain epoxy paints and fillers can heal chips in glossy ceramic surfaces. Here, tips for getting the best results

  1. Assess the color options. Some porcelain repair kits come in generic white only; others offer a range of pigments that can be blended for a custom match (Porcelain Repair Kit with Tints, $30; Porc-A-Fix (from $12 for 15 cc; Amazon) comes in colors- to match popular fixtures made by 29 major manufacturers; to fill deep gouges, you’ll also need Fill-A-Fix ($12 for 15 cc; Amazon).
  2. Use an applicator smaller than the chip. For tiny dings, you may need a wood toothpick or tiny artist’s brush. Use the tip to apply the product sparingly and spread it out to the chip’s edges.
  3. If you don’t like the way it looks, just start over. The filler won’t shrink or expand when it dries, so it won’t look any different. If you’re not happy with the repair, wipe out the product while it’s still wet and try again. For large dings, you may need to apply the filler in layers, allowing 24 hours between coats. In some cases, using a blow-dryer as directed can speed dry time.
  4. Don’t overfill the void. Less is more to start; you can always add to it. If you do apply too much product, use the edge of a credit card to level the repair so it’s flush with the surrounding surface. Kits may include sandpaper, but it’s best used for roughing up the chip’s surface, not smoothing the repair.