How to Fix a Chipped Sink

How to make an almost invisible repair

You can fix chipped enamel on cast iron and steel sinks, and you can make the repair almost invisible with a special enamel repair kit. We show you how.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

TIME

Instant!

COMPLEXITY

Moderate

COST

Under $20

How to fix chipped enamel on a sink

When you accidentally drop a heavy pan into a cast iron or steel sink, you're likely to chip the hard enamel surface. I know the sinking feeling, having chipped one myself hardly a year after installation. Puns aside, it's fairly easy and inexpensive to repair chips so they're almost invisible. You can find two-component epoxy (catalyst and hardener) in the adhesive section of most hardware stores and home centers. It's usually available in a variety of colors. If necessary, two colors can be mixed for a more precise match.

First, scrub the chipped area thoroughly with a sponge and soapy water. Then rub 400- to 600-grit “wet-and-dry” sandpaper over the damaged area to remove dirt and rust, as well as rough up the chip so epoxy will stick to it. Next, mix the two epoxy ingredients according to label directions.

Use a wooden matchstick or small brush to fill the chip. If the chip is deep, apply the material in several coats, and don't forget to allow for the drying time specified on the label. Once the repair is complete, wait 24 hours before you use the sink, and don't scrub that area for seven days.

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Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Epoxy repair kit
  • Wet/dry sandpaper, 400- or 600-grit
  • Small brush