How to Repair a Chipped Bath

How to Repair a Chipped Bath

Picture the scene. Your beautiful bath has been rendered unsightly due to a chip. Though often small, chips, cracks and scratches really draw in the eye and detract from a bathroom’s decor.

Although the tenacious surfaces of baths, commonly moulded from enamel or ceramic materials, are incredibly tough and enduring, they are still subject to damage and wear and tear. Dropping heavy objects, including fallen tiles, can all contribute to chips and cracks that are both unsightly and uncomfortable. It’s also, you’ll be thankful to know, quite common and relatively easy to rectify.

Chipped and cracked baths are in desperate need of repair, and we have some tips on hand to ensure that you can rectify the issue quickly and return your bath and bathroom suite to its former beauty.

Tips to Repair your Bath:

Keep Clean

Before you get to work, you’ll want to clean your bath as thoroughly as possible. Using a rag or sponge, run a cleaning solution or bleach over the entirety of your bath, concentrating on the damaged area. Pour some rubbing alcohol onto the crack or chip to give it a good clean out.

Sand to your heart’s content

The area around the chip needs to be sanded until the edges are smooth. Ideally 220-grit sandpaper should be used. You can then clean the damaged area once more.

Purchase an enamel repair kit

There are several varieties of kit on the market, available from all hardware stores, and all work similarly. They look a little like bottles of nail polish and are also available in tubes. Follow the instructions for your product and mix the components of the kit well. By mixing the compounds of your enamel kit with a paint of the same colour as your bath, your bath will look as good as new. Keep mixing until the colour and texture are just right. This may take a little guesswork but the instructions should also guide you.

Allow the area to dry

Once dry, you can begin to apply the mixture to the damaged zone. You can use a paint brush to do so. You need to apply about three coats. You need the area to be dry because even if it slightly damp, the product won’t stick and will be rendered useless. A hairdryer can help speed up the process if the tub is too wet.

Apply

Apply the mixture to the chip, beginning in the centre and sprawling the product out to the edges. You may feel the need to add more compound as you go or scrap off any excess that builds up.

Wait it out!

The mixture will take at least 12 hours to dry satisfactorily so you’ll need to play a bit of a waiting game. In this 12 hour period, do not allow the bathtub to get wet or damp. After the 12 hour waiting time is up, inspect the damage and you should find that it looks and feels as good as new!