Rusted chip about the size of a quarter in my bathtub

Kathy Stafford
by Kathy Stafford
Can anyone please tell me how to patch the rusted chip in my tub? I don't want to have my tub resurfaced yet, but it seems kind of gross to get into the tub with this rusted chip out.
  7 answers
  • Carolyn Lane Carolyn Lane on Mar 28, 2016
    You could try the enamel paint for repairing appliances. I used it on the edge of kitchen sink until I could replace it. You will probably have to keep redoing it, but it could prevent further damage to your tub until you can get it re-glazed.
  • Terrie Terrie on Mar 28, 2016
    I bought a bottle of rust remover from Home Depot , and removed as much rust as I could , then I sanded it lightly to get most of it off. then I painted it with porcelain paint . It was in the overflow area of the sink, it wasn't too pretty but it did the job.
  • Carol Merrill Carol Merrill on Mar 28, 2016
    Best to call someone who does tub restoration and ask them which product the recommend!! If you can't do that, then use some fine steel wool to get the rust off, make sure it's REALLY dry (I'd let it air dry for 24 hrs) then apply the appliance paint, several coats.
  • William William on Mar 28, 2016
    You will just need to purchase a Porcelain Chip Fix kit. (Which is only $5.00) at Home Depot. Other items you will need: Masking tape, some flat razor blades, a piece of fine sandpaper, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, a small plastic lid from a household item, a long skinny stir stick (I found a wood shish kabob skewer in the kitchen to use). 1. Mix the Epoxy This porcelain repair is a two part epoxy that needs to be mixed together and allowed to thicken for 25 minutes. While the epoxy is setting up or “potting” , prep the chipped area you will be filling. 2. Sand. The chipped surface needs to be lightly sanded and cleaned thoroughly. Sand the chipped area with 220-grit sandpaper until the edges are smooth. This will ensure the epoxy will get a good bond to the old surface. 3. Clean Clean the sanded area with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. You could also put some finger nail polish remover onto a rag or paper towel to clean with. Allow a few minutes to dry. 4. Mask Use masking tape to mask off a small square around the repair(s) you will be making 5. Apply epoxy Scoop up a small amount of the compound mixture and apply it to the center of the chipped area. 6. Smooth out Use a flat blade just like a putty knife to smooth over the surface. 7. Pull masking tape off 8. Make final pass Hold a flat blade tight to the surface and let the blades edge cut and smooth over the epoxy. If you have any product smeared on the surface around the chip, you can clean it off with a rag and finger nail polish remover. Be careful not to touch the filled area. 9. Blend the edges of the dried compound with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover if needed. Let cure for an hour.
  • Frank C Frank C on Mar 28, 2016
    Dido Williams Answer.
  • Jennie Lee Jennie Lee on Mar 28, 2016
    This sounds strange, but I did it and it works well. If your tub is a common color, follow the advice of the other folks, above. But if it's an unusual color (mine was aqua), you can prep it as said before (a hair dryer helps to dry it well) and paint the chipped place with nail polish! You can use a single-edged razor blade to slice off excess. It can really be near undetectable. Polish comes in so many colors, nowadays. I had to add white to aqua polish, to match the color. Then I kept the bottle of tub-matching polish for future re-dos. If treated kindly, the patch will last a surprisingly long time. When it does need a re-do, or if you decide to use a different tactic, you can clean it off with nail polish remover and repaint it as easily as doing a fingernail!
  • Kathy Stafford Kathy Stafford on Mar 28, 2016
    I was given thorough instructions and other people responded to confirm the process. I'll do it! Thank you