Asked on Oct 20, 2017

Broken ceramic floor tile



3 answers
  • William
    on Oct 20, 2017

    How to Repair Holes or Cracks in Ceramic Tile

    Patching unwanted holes in glazed tile like this can be a tricky proposition. Here's a solution that may not always be perfect, but will make a big improvement. Polyester resin or auto body filler, often used to repair car bodies. Mix up a small batch by adding some hardener and stirring it thoroughly. Using a putty knife, press the resin into the hole slightly overfilling it. Then just as the material begins to harden while it's somewhat rubbery, trim off the excess with a razor blade.

    Next use 600 grit sandpaper to sand the filler smooth. Wetting the paper with water makes it work best. Now it's time to try and match the color of the tile. A porcelain touch up kit which is available at most home improvement centers comes with several different colors of paint. You can also use artists acrylic paints available from Michaels, Hobby Lobby, art supply stores, and online.

    The trick here is to mix these different colors together until we come up with one that matches the tile. Apply the paint with a small brush. You can test it on a nearby tile. When you get it the way you want it, then just paint over the patch and let that dry. Give it one final sanding with that very fine sandpaper and you'll have, well, maybe not a perfect match, but something that's a heck of a lot better than what you started with.
  • Jewellmartin
    on Oct 20, 2017

    Terrific, @William. I would add, seal that painted crack. You can probably depend on clear acrylic fingernail polish, feathering the acrylic onto the ceramic tile. Let one coat dry completely before adding the next coat, for at least three coats. Wait at least one day before walking on the tile. Put a big pot over it if you need to be reminded. 😇💖
  • Don11039000
    on Oct 22, 2017

    I have faux granite countertops ,which were in the house when we purchased, how can I repair cracks without spending a fortune ? Believe the previous owner had patched & we did not notice the cracks but they seem to be getting larger/longer everyday. Help ??!!??

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