In this video, This Old House paint expert Mauro Henrique shows host Kevin O’Connor how to handle chips in porcelain surfaces.
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Paint expert Mauro Henrique teaches Kevin O’Connor how to patch scratches and chips in porcelain. While it is a tough material, Mauro explains that these types of damage are extremely common, and he teaches Kevin how to handle them.
Time: 3 hours
Cost: Under $30
Porcelain is a durable material, but it’s relatively soft as far as tiles go. This means it’s susceptible to cracks or chips, and they’re often eyesores. Luckily, it’s possible to hide the damage with a bit of touch-up glaze. Here’s how to fix cracked and chipped tiles.
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Mauro shows Kevin ways that homeowners can patch small porcelain scratches and chips.
To fix the scratch, Mauro preps the porcelain tile by washing and drying the scratched surface using acetone [https://amzn.to/3EDU4rv] and a rag [https://amzn.to/3EF6Y8v]. After the surface is dry, Mauro tapes off the damaged area with painter’s tape [https://amzn.to/3CXBLvZ].
Using a porcelain touch-up glaze [https://amzn.to/3rUFR1F], Mauro mixes thoroughly and applies it using an applicator brush.
After it dries fully, Mauro uses 120-grit sandpaper [https://amzn.to/3TkVZVZ] to smooth the surface. Mauro says to allow the glaze 24 hours to dry.
To fix the chip, Mauro sands the chipped area with 400-grit sandpaper [https://amzn.to/3MvmANY]. After sanding, Mauro cleans off the surface with acetone and a rag. Mauro then tapes off the chipped area with painter’s tape. Using a spot epoxy [https://amzn.to/3VujnSY], Mauro applies a small amount to a putty knife [https://amzn.to/3CCOuTo] and gently applies it to the chipped area. Mauro says to allow the epoxy to dry for 24hrs and 5 days before cleaning.
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