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How to Fix Chipped Porcelain

Make annoying dings disappear

Tiny chips and dings on expensive porcelain fixtures and appliances are distressing-but fixable. With a few careful dabs of touch-up glaze and a little sanding and buffing you can make those ugly blemishes vanish.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Working with touch-up glaze

Photo 1: Clean

Clean the damaged area with soap and water, rinse and let dry. Thoroughly mix the touch-up glaze. Dab the glaze onto the damaged area with the enclosed applicator brush, and let it dry for 24 hours. Repeat, if necessary, until the damaged area is filled, letting the glaze completely dry before recoating.

Photo 2: Lightly sand

Lightly sand the area smooth with the sandpaper enclosed in the kit, and then buff it with a soft cloth.

Disguise chips, dings and scratches in porcelain bathtubs, sinks, toilets and major appliances with a quick and easy touch-up glaze.

Glazes that match the original manufacturer’s colors nearly perfectly are available (or can be ordered) from home centers, hardware stores and paint suppliers. Apply the glaze as shown in Photos 1 and 2.

Remove metal scratches from toilet bowls

You’re supposed to use a closet auger to remove toilet clogs. But many DIYers don’t have one and use a regular snake. Sure, it works, but it can also leave metal scratches on the bowl. If that happens to you, don’t freak out. Just pick up a pumice stone from any home center. Wet the stone and keep it wet while you gently scrub the marks. Don’t scrub too hard or you’ll scratch the porcelain. And don’t be surprised if the stone wears away quickly—that’s normal.

Required Materials for this Project

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

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