How to fix cracked tile?


We have a crack in our tile. Is there an easy solution besides replacing that piece of tile ?

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  • William William on Aug 12, 2018

    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.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Aug 12, 2018

    No way to fix, must either live with it or replace it. First find out why it cracked. If not installed properly the replacement tile will crack too.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 12, 2018

    I would fix that little crack with a dab of clear glue like Elmer’s or Gorilla, or even clear fingernail polish. Use a Qtip or thin paintbrush, wipe off the surface immediately with a bit of paper towel or you’d finger. Let it dry. If you want to add color, use wood markers to match as well as you can. When you clean the floor the next time, treat this area as you do the rest. It’s quite possible whoever installed the flooring also cracked or cut the board to fit that corner. You have a lovely floor. Don’t let this crack distract from all the rest. Best wishes ☺️

  • Lisa Smith Lisa Smith on Aug 12, 2018

    If it was mine, I would apply a tiny bit unsanded grout into the crack, in a slightly darker color.

  • Jazz Jazz on Aug 12, 2018

    Very hard fix , because of the thin finger sticking out to the right.

    The quarter round puts pressure making it east to fracture with very little pressure. This might be a case for leaving well enough alone and or occasionally just rubbing in some brown substance that match the floor as close as possible . Good luck.

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