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January 01,2019

How to Fix a Cracked Porcelain Enamel Bathtub

Porcelain enamel bathtubs are exceptionally beautiful and durable. For this reason, they are quickly becoming an attractive option for modern homeowners. Unfortunately, even the most well cared for porcelain tub can incur damage over time, including cracks and chips. Ignoring these issues usually lead to larger fissures in your tubs surface, inviting rust and creating opportunities for leaks to form. At Mr. Rooter plumbing, we want your bathroom fixtures to stay safe and stylish for many years to come. Avoid water damage and keep your favorite bathtub in quality condition with these five easy repair steps.

Collect Your Supplies, Tools and Materials

The first task is to gather all your tools and materials, including:

  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Square of clean glass or tile
  • Putty knife
  • Straight edge razor
  • Nail polish remover
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Porcelain repair compound
  • High gloss alkyd based paint in matching color

Dry the Area Well

Once youve successfully collected your supplies, its time to start your repair project. Before applying the compound, youll need to ensure that the area is free of all moisture. Trapping water beneath the compound mixture could encourage the development of rust. Take a dry rag and remove every drop of water.

Sand and Clean the Tubs Surface

Next, youll need to sand the damaged area with your 220 grit sandpaper. Make sure there are no sharp edges, and the surface has been sanded smooth. Be precise and try hard not to scratch or damage nearby areas. When youre satisfied with the condition of the prepared area, wipe away any debris with a clean, dry cloth.

Mix and Apply the High Gloss Paint and Porcelain Repair Compound

Follow the instructions that came with your porcelain repair compound. In most cases, youll need to mix your high gloss alkyd based paint and compound substance on top of a square piece of glass or tile. Mix the two products together with a wooden dowel, and make sure the dried compound will match the color of your tubs original surface.

Allow the Compound to Dry

Let the product sit for a minimum of twelve hours to dry. Alert the people in your household, and keep family members and guests away from the bathtub. Moisture from a steamy shower or splashes from a nearby sink could disturb the drying process. When its completely dried, blend the edge of the newly repaired area with a cotton swab and nail polish remover if necessary.

Need Help Repairing or Renovating Your Bathroom? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Do you need a bathtub repair, replacement or new installation? The team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh is happy to provide residential and commercial services including plumbing fixture installations and maintenance services. If you live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania communities, including nearby Ambridge, Butler, Cranberry, Irwin, Canonsburg and Moundsville, West Virginia. Call today to discover more information or to schedule an appointment with a certified, licensed and insured plumber in your area.

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