Can cracked Ceramic floor tiles be repaired?

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  • C.p31270217 C.p31270217 on Dec 12, 2017
    Yes, get a ceramic tile contractor to look at it and see if it can be matched and the grout joint can be matched. Retired ceramic tile contractor and installer 40 plus years experience.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Dec 12, 2017
    YES ! ... Youtube will have tutorials on how to do it... as will Pinterest.com or DIYnetwork.com

  • Kim Kim on Dec 12, 2017
    If you saved some spare tiles when they were installed, you can remove the cracked ones. (Or if you can still buy the same ones)
    Start by carefully removing the grout around the cracked tile. Then remove the tiles and the mortar underneath them. This is tedious work but not impossible.
    You will need to buy mortar, matching grout, grout sealer, the correct notched trowel for your tile size, a grout float, and a grout sponge.
    Once the subfloor is clean, you can apply your mortar and tile, being careful to level it with your existing floor. Follow the directions on the tub of mortar. Clean up any overflowing mortar and grout lines that are more than half full of mortar. Allow to sit for recommended time before applying grout following package directions. Make sure to wring out the sponge well and often when cleaning grout haze.
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  • William William on Dec 12, 2017
    This is a common question that has come up a lot.

    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.