Asked on Nov 14, 2019

How can you fill in a chip on ceramic tile?

by Ticia

I have ceramic tile floors in my home which was built in 2007 and I noticed - here and there, there are some chips as if something heavy was dropped on them. I personally was looking at nail polishes that might be a close match as we do not have these tiles and I'm guessing they can't be found any more. Is there anything else I might be able to do? TIA.

  4 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 14, 2019

    Hi there Ticia,

    Try using Tile Grout and a little colour to match your tile worked in or use Sharpie to colour it in after it is dry.........Best wishes.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 14, 2019

    It really depends on the color of the tile. I have used grout refresh with an artist brush, stain and paint on tiles throughout the years.. Also depends on the sheen. Nail polish will work if the floor is shiny.

  • William William on Nov 15, 2019

    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.

    • Ticia Ticia on Nov 15, 2019

      Thank you so much - that was so detailed. I will be saving that in my 'how to' folder for sure. Thank you again.