Going Green: How to Fill a Chip in a Vanity Sink
A vanity sink is a nice way to add decorative value to the bathroom or to any other room in the house that requires a sink. A chip on the vanity sink can be quite annoying, especially when the cost of the material is taken into consideration. However, the sink can be saved with patience and the right type of tools and materials. Filling a chip in the vanity sink can be done in an environmentally-friendly way. Here is how:
Step 1 - Prepare
Make sure to clean the chipped area in the vanity sink first. Use a toothpick to remove any debris trapped inside the crevices or cracks. If the toothpick is not strong enough to remove trapped debris, use a stronger material such as a wire or a needle. Clean dust and dirt on the surfaces of the sink as well. Brush the chipped area and rinse with water. Use a blow dryer to dry the surface prior to filling it with epoxy. Do not apply epoxy in a wet surface because it will not stick effectively. Leaks are usually caused by improper application of the bonding material.
Step 2 - Mix the Epoxy
Place the epoxy resin and its hardener in a container and mix well according to manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to avoid contact with the hands. Place the mixture in the dispensing tool and inject it into the chipped portion of the sink. Injecting the adhesive is a more effective way of filling in the crevice because it allows the bonding material to reach the interior of the crevice and fill it in thoroughly. When applying epoxy on the crevices, do not allow it to spread on the surfaces. Inject it very carefully and slowly to avoid overflow. Allow the epoxy to dry—it usually takes at least 24-hours.
Step 3 - Cover the Epoxy
After the epoxy has dried up, sealing the chipped vanity sink, it is time to cover it up using paint. Find a paint that matches the hue of the vanity sink to provide an effective concealment. If an exact hue cannot be found, a color that nearly matches that of the sink can do. There are a variety of eco-friendly paints to choose from. Do not choose those that contain toxic chemicals as they may be harmful for the health.
When applying paint on the repaired portion of the sink, make sure to use a small paintbrush. Do not paint the whole sink – only the portion that has been covered or filled with epoxy. Allow the paint to dry.
Tips—Certain chips or cracks on the vanity sink can be repaired by using eco-friendly epoxy and other eco-friendly bonding materials. However, if the crack is too large for repairs, it may be best to purchase a new sink to replace the damaged one.