Asked on Apr 14, 2016

How to fix chips in dishes

Is there any way to camouflage rim chips in bowls and dishes? Not just a marker, but something that fills the chip a bit too and gives a sheen.
Here's a white chip on my black bowl.
  7 answers
  • William William on Apr 14, 2016
    Mix a small amount of two part epoxy glue with the hardener that comes with it, following the manufacturer's instructions. A typical mix ratio is 1-to-1. Mix it on a disposable piece of cardboard with a toothpick. Wait about a minute for the mixture to stiffen; then apply it to the paint chip, using the toothpick. If you use a slower-setting product, you'll have to wait longer for it to stiffen. Don't apply the mixture while it's too runny, or it will flow out of the area you're trying to fill. Cut a small piece of waxed paper; put it over the repair; press the glue into shape with your fingers; then remove the paper. Waxed paper prevents the glue from sticking to your fingers, and it leaves a smooth surface. Let the glue set completely; then sand the area lightly with 400-grit sandpaper to feather the edges of the repair into the plate. Color the repair with a dab of gloss enamel paint that matches the plate using an artist's paintbrush. Clear nail polish will give it more gloss. ****************************************************************************************** Mix up two part epoxy putty stick following the instructions that accompany the specific brand of epoxy putty that you purchased. Some hardware stores carry premixed epoxy putty to make it easier for the consumer. Break off a piece of two part epoxy putty stick and mix it following the instructions that accompany the specific brand of epoxy putty that you purchased and roll it into a ball. Spread the putty over the chip so that it is evenly covered. Spread enough putty across the chip so there is a good thick layer of putty, but don't extend the putty beyond the edges of the chip. Add putty as needed depending on the chip size. Allow it to dry overnight. Cut a piece of light grade sandpaper small enough to rub over the putty, but not so large that it will rub the ceramic on either side of the putty. Slowly rub the putty down with sandpaper until it is level with the ceramic plate surface. Use a small artist's brush to paint over the putty area with acrylic latex paint that matches the rest of your ceramic plate. Allow the paint to dry for a few hours and paint one more layer, allowing it to dry another few hours. Paint a thin layer of clear liquid glaze over the repaired area and allow the glaze to fully dry for several hours. You can also use clear nail polish instead of glaze.
  • Lora Lora on Apr 14, 2016
    I would transform it into a decorative bowl by filling in the chip with fimo. Then I would use car striping tape to go around the top as many times as needed to cover the repaired chip.
  • Brenda Johnson Escoto Brenda Johnson Escoto on Apr 14, 2016
    As a descendant of several renowned potters/artists, and from information from my own book, I can give this advice: If it's not a collectible item, simply one you personally like, I'd go with Lora's (above) advice. If it IS collectible, do NOT do a thing to the chip. The chip has already devalued the piece by about 25%, but if you alter it even more, then you hamper the integrity of it's originality and it becomes less than 1/2 the original value. Good luck! PS: NEVER put a chipped, cracked or crazed piece in water!! :)
  • Mary Ker Mary Ker on Apr 15, 2016
    As a potter myself, I agree with Brenda. Hey, pottery breaks. Unless it's a valuable piece, let it go. Break it up and use it in a mosaic. Drill a hole in the bottom and use it for a planter. You'll never be able to put it in the dishwasher without damaging it's integrity further.
  • Vee Vee on Apr 15, 2016
    I think, if it is a part of the set that used for dinner, cover the white spot with a Sharpie Black permanent marker. If the edges are sharp, use a nail file to smoothen it out.
  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Apr 15, 2016
    I've had good luck using nail resin to build up the chip and then a marker, nail polish, paint, etc. Holds up really well.