Should You Replace it or Fix it?
Chipped tile is a common problem in bathrooms. Making repairs, rather than replacing the damaged piece altogether is a cheaper and more economical solution. Ceramic in washrooms look great and are fairly durable, but hard and heavy objects dropped on the floors and counters can cause damage that you need to fix.
It’s just a part of regular home maintenance that comes with using the facility. Fortunately, this is a fairly easy home improvement task you can do to keep your surfaces looking pristine. All you need are the right materials, a fairly steady hand, and some patience to patch up any cracked areas.
The first step in the mending process is to clean the damaged area. Any household cleaner will do – just make sure you get all of the little pieces out of the way. Once the surface is clean, use a hair dryer to completely dry the surrounding region.
Preparing the Area
The next step in the patch-up process is to apply a small bit of primer/sealer to the exposed section. If you are worried about getting primer on your other tiles, then you can use some painter’s tape to cover the surrounding pieces. Be careful not to let the primer pool on the damaged area and let it dry completely before moving on with your restoration.
If you do have leftover tile chips from your original installation, then you can take those pieces in to a paint store to color match a small spray can to your original color. Even a small can may seem like a lot of paint for such a small repair job, but keep in mind that you will probably be fixing other broken bath tiles in the future.
You can use a toothpick or a child’s paint brush to apply the paint to the broken section. Depending on the color of your bathrooms surfacing material, you may need to apply more than one coat of paint to make your patchwork look as seamless as possible.
Making The Restoration Blend in
If your broken tile has a pattern, then painting the facade to make it look like the rest of your bathroom may take a bit more effort and multiple paint colors. Fortunately, most surfaces are a solid color, or the pattern is meant to look like natural stone that can easily be replicated.
Of course, even though you’ve managed to paint the chipped piece the same color as the rest of your walls, your repair job is not quite complete. To finish the job, you’ll need some marine epoxy so that you can build up the chip in the ceramic so that it’s the same height as the rest of your surfacing material. Otherwise, your fixed section will stand out like a sore thumb, and people will notice your patch-up attempt much more because of the unevenness of the surface.
Mix the marine epoxy according to the directions supplied by the manufacturer. Use a toothpick to apply small bits of the epoxy to the tile you’re repairing. Keep adding the epoxy to the concave surface until it is level with the rest of your lavatory tile. To make your repair job complete and ensure that the mend is as unnoticeable as possible, make sure to keep people off the section until the epoxy has completely set.
Sealing the Reconstructed Area
These steps for chipped tile repair can also be used for cracked tiles to keep your bathroom looking as good as possible for as long as possible. Especially in the shower, where you want an impenetrable barrier to prevent water from seeping into the unsealed tile and causing even more damage to your bathroom.
Of course, if your chipped section is too badly damaged, then you may have to replace the broken unit altogether. That is why it is always a good idea to keep extra pieces of your building materials around. It can help you color match paint for future projects, or it can let you replace a damaged section when you need to.