How can you restore a porcelain sink?


Quick Answer

To restore a porcelain sink, clean the sink, sand the sink, fix damaged areas with epoxy, sand the repaired areas and repaint the sink. Cover exposed pipes, drain and faucets with painter’s tape before painting.

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  1. Clean the sink

    Clean the sink, including the bottom and sides with a household cleaner and sponge. Ensure that you get all the stains out before proceeding. Rinse the sink with water, and dry with a clean towel.

  2. Sand the sink

    Use medium-grit sandpaper to sand the sink and smooth out any chipped areas. Dip a clean cloth in rubbing alcohol, and wipe away the grit.

  3. Fix damaged areas with epoxy

    Pour epoxy onto a piece of cardboard or paper plate. Scoop a small amount of the epoxy with a single-sided razor, and apply a thin layer on the damaged areas. Allow the epoxy to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the fixed areas, making them flush with the rest of the sink. Dip a cloth in rubbing alcohol, and wipe away the grit.

  4. Repaint the sink

    Dry the sink with a towel, and cover exposed pipes, faucet and drain with painter’s tape. Cover the floor around the work area with newspapers to catch paint drips. Use a small brush to apply porcelain paint. Wait for the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions before applying a second coat. Allow the sink to dry for two days before use.

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