Asked on Aug 18, 2013

Repairing hole in porcelain sink

by Sarah
I have a vanity with a porcelain counter and sink (Allen+Roth). It was unpacked too early and something got dropped into the sink which caused a hole in the sink. Allen+Roth doesn't sell replacement vanity tops and I no longer have the receipt. (This bathroom remodel has taken WAY too long!). Any ideas on how to repair the hole? I just can't justify buying a new vanity and, since it's a curved front, it's not easily replaced.
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Aug 19, 2013
    A full blown hole or just a chip / crack. Some epoxy may help but I have never seen any porcelain repair that has not looked terrible, and eventually failed.
  • Itrmph2 Itrmph2 on Aug 20, 2013
    I'm hoping you mean a chip. As KMS mentioned there are some amazing epoxy out there that may be able to fill in the divot but it will most likely look like you had a chip and tried to repair it. Call around and see if you can get a professional? repair done? It sounds like it's not mounted yet so you could avoid an "onsite" charge by bringing there for an estimate. I'd say get it in there and live with it for awhile (this bathroom remodel has taken WAY too long....) if nothing else it will serve as a constant reminder not to leave stuff lying around a construction zone unprotected. Down the road replace it. Until then leave a wash cloth in the sink.
  • Sarah Sarah on Aug 20, 2013
    In my defense, my mother unpacked it on a whim and left it uncovered in the dining room. Until then, it was safely packed away in its box. I was absolutely sick (and mad enough to have a stroke!) when I saw the hole. Sadly, it's not a chip. It's a HOLE. I have decided that Allen+Roth is simply not worth the money. Their stuff is really thin.
  • Dee Dee on Aug 20, 2013
    have you tried taking it bak to.the store you purchased it?
  • Jim Saurman Jim Saurman on Sep 01, 2015
    Posting pictures would be helpful. The only idea I could give you would be to take an angle grinder or some sort of grinder and try to grind the underside until you got a small pile of dust, then mix that dust with some epoxy and try to fill the hole. I do the same sort of method when patching wood, I sand it until I have a nice pile of sawdust, then mix that sawdust with glue to fill nail holes. You should probably fill the hole with plaster of paris or something and leave just the last 1/8 inch or 1/16 inch for doing the epoxy/dust mix so you don't have so much of an area to fill, it only needs to be a thin veneer I would think. You won't get a perfect match on the texture, but the color should be almost the same. You might look at using very fine sandpaper 1000/2000 grit to polish it after. Then maybe use some jewelers rouge and a cloth buffer to give it a final polish, the way they do with metals. Check youtube for a million different videos on how to polish metal that way, I'm sure the same technique could be applied here. So if you get the appropriate color, and the appropriate gloss level, you should have a pretty decent repair. Be forewarned, it will be a lot of work. Take your time, don't rush things or get impatient, do it right and you will be rewarded with something you will be very proud of for a long time.