Advice on caulking and repairing porcelain sink

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Old 12-08-18, 09:06 PM
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Advice on caulking and repairing porcelain sink

My sink is in dire need of work. I've removed a lot of the caulking that had started to really shred around the base of the sink, but I'm curious if anyone has any advice on what needs to be done to reapply it. Specifically, I'm curious if 1) I should physically remove the sink in order to make sure the caulk has been applied thoroughly (so as to prevent leaking into the wood) and, 2) if there is a specific brand/type of caulk I should buy in order to seal it most properly.

From what I can tell (and from what I've seen online) it's largely a matter of taking a razor blade and cutting away the old stuff. But I never know how much to trust YouTube videos.

This is the nicest part of the sink, which shows the contour and style of the sink:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HH...yliV9w3dD75Fzq

Also: a part of the porcelain is "warped" and cracked (it was this way when we bought the house). I have a porcelain repair kit, but I'm curious if this needs something a tad special.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=11X...ftJX9slguR3a7p

(this image was taken after I had cut out most of the existing caulking, hence the debris).

Thanks so much for your expertise!
 
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Old 12-08-18, 09:19 PM
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Hi... Replace the sink... Use a vinyl caulk such as phenoseal. Water soluble makes for easy application. I only use it for all plumbing for 30 plus years..
 
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Thanks so much for your expertise. In your opinion, is the sink simply beyond repair?
 
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Old 12-08-18, 09:52 PM
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You can try to fix it if you want.. Whats the dimensions?
 
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It's 33 inches by 22 inches. Here is the picture:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L_...jNIRzqkF0WMkRk
 
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Old 12-09-18, 08:10 AM
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Porcelain on steel? It actually looks like an americast sink. They are horrible. Only going to get worse.

My opinion would be replace the sink.

Im not a fan of cast iron anymore and prefer single deep bowl.

something like this

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Dekor-Maste...n-Sink/1172735

just look around at the home stores..

My theory is if you get 10 years out of the sink your doing well.. Why spend a lot of money...
 
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Old 12-09-18, 09:07 AM
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I agree with Lawrosa, get new sink. Weather it be single or double bowl is personal taste. I disagree with the 10 year bit. It all depends on how you use it. Stainless will tend to look good for longer time. Price will reflect quality, but you don't need to spend more than $300 to $400. Even a $150 sink can be a good value.

I'm sure the phenoseal is excellent stuff. But I'm partial to plumber's putty if the countertop is compatible.
 
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Yes it's porcelain on steel.

I love this site. You all are so helpful. I owe you all a round or two. Thanks guys .
 
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