Asked on Dec 05, 2013

How to Get an Etched & Chipped Porcelain Sink Back to New

I found a sink in the trash. It had green water stains on it. I soaked it in vinegar. The stains are gone, but now it appears to not be shiny anymore. Also, it has a few chips. Any advice on how to get it looking like new again?
Etched & Chipped Sink
  9 answers
  • Z Z on Dec 05, 2013
    Kristen, there are kits for fixing chips. You can find them at the big box stores. They're similar to a bottle of nail polish with a brush inside the lid. As for the etching I recommend polishing it with some car wax.
  • Sll Sll on Dec 05, 2013
    You can get a porcelain repair kit at most hardware stores for under $5.
  • Patricia W Patricia W on Dec 06, 2013
    I have a 700 dollar pedestal sink from Mirbelle, Boca Raton. Its in my garage, we bought it and had it installed in our old home, I took it out when we moved, someone dropped something hard into it and chipped it, very small chip but still, just the sink and pedistal was very expensive, not including the brushed Nickel faucet. I am saving it for when we remodel, if that ever happens. Im having trouble finding the right color repair kit, its Bisque. We bought it at Fergusons, they don't have a repair kit.
  • Sandie Sandie on Dec 07, 2013
    Since vinegar is used to strip wax from floors, never use it on anything you want to remain shiny!
  • Susan Cryor Susan Cryor on Dec 08, 2013
    my tile guy told me not to use vinegar for bath room tub n tile. U might look up what will nutralize effects of vinegar....wish I could help u, looks like a great find!
  • Karen V Karen V on Dec 09, 2013
    I use Mr Clean Magic Erasers to clean out rust stains, and soap scum. Then get liquid porcelain and a tiny paint brush for the chip, be sure to have plenty of light and wear eye glasses. Follow directions on package.
  • Peg Peg on Dec 09, 2013
    A friend of mine bought a tiny house that needed work and her bathroom sink and tub were very old. Instead of repairing to look new she accented the boo boos to look like flowers and added a few more handpainted lady bugs and butterflys. She did use an enamel that was waterproof and sealed the tub and sink with many coats of a waterproof material. It was the cutest bathroom ever.
  • Kristen Zebley-Bossert Kristen Zebley-Bossert on Dec 09, 2013
    Thanks! GREAT idea!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 24, 2015
    I know this is an old post, but in case someone else has the same problem, there is a product called Gel Gloss, that has been around in hardware stores forever. Although I have never tried it, it it supposed to restore the shine on tubs, counters and sinks. I'm thinking of trying it on my fibreglass tub.