A chip to a single white porcelain tile can create an unsightly look that can lead to more damage if it is not repaired. Water ingress can result, which will result in water working its way behind the tile and making them lift out of place. By following several steps in the correct manner, you will be able to repair the chip rather than undertake a complete replacement of the tile.
Step 1 – Gather Materials and Equipment
Check the precise color of the white porcelain tile to be repaired to ensure that you obtain the right shade of epoxy to complete the rectification work. This will ensure that the repair site is less noticeable by blending in well. Rubbing alcohol will be required to clean the tiles to ensure the surface is ready for application of the epoxy. Use disposable equipment for the preparation of the epoxy as it can prove difficult to clean.
Step 2 – Clean
Clean the white porcelain tile surface before beginning the repair process, which will ensure that the repair takes properly and the epoxy sticks. Wipe the surface with a dry cloth initially to remove any loose dust or dirt that may be present. Follow this by dampening a cloth with rubbing alcohol and rubbing over the repair site to clear away any grease or oil that might affect the tile. Allow the alcohol to thoroughly air dry before proceeding with the next step.
Step 3 – Prepare Epoxy
Mix the epoxy in accordance with the instructions in a disposable container, thoroughly combining the components with a dowel. Refrain from making up the epoxy until just before you are ready to use it, which will stop it from becoming ruined. Remember that you will only require a small quantity of the compound to repair the white porcelain tile.
Step 4 – Complete Repair
Use a toothpick to apply the epoxy to the chip in the white porcelain tile, which will ensure that you do not overfill the recess created by the chip. Keep a water-dampened cloth on hand during this process to wipe away any epoxy that inadvertently makes contact with a section of the tile that is intact and doesn’t require repair. Dip the point of the toothpick into the epoxy to gather a drop of it, which can then be applied to the chip. Deposit it to the deepest point within the recess before repeating this process until the chip has been completely filled. Make sure that you do not apply more epoxy than is necessary, which can result in the repair site being uneven and becoming distinct from the surrounding tile. In the event that too much epoxy has been applied, even it out with a scraper. Firmly draw it across the surface to remove the excess epoxy and wipe away any traces that get left on the surface of the tile. Allow the epoxy to dry before using the repair site as normal.