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Aug 21, 2011 01:39 PM

Refinishing a porcelain sink

Has anyone had any experience refinishing a porcelain sink? I'd love to replace our 60-year-old kitchen sink, but that would entail ripping out lots of tile, replacing cabinets, etc., and we're not ready for that big a job.

If you've been there, please share any good and bad points about refinishing.

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    1. I have had tubs and tile done with a refinishing service and the result was excellent--but then we are two adults and no kids playing with toys in tub etc. I mention kids and toys--which I understand can lead to scratching and problems with finish peeling--because that would be close to what you would face with pots and pans, silverware etc that could scratch finish, cause water to get underneath the epoxy that is the finish and cause it to lift and peel. With that risk, and the fact it is not cheap, and think I would not do it. Sorry.

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      1. re: escondido123

        Just had a shower enclosure done. A pint of epoxy paint and one hours work came out to $350.00. Can't use it for two days and attains final hardness in 90 days. Per the technician. 3 months of washing pots and pans in your bathtub?

        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          That might not be as awful as it sounds. We have a dishwasher, and could plan meals that wouldn't involve a lot of pots & pans. And of course, eat out a lot <G>.

      2. After days of seeing this thread I'm curious... is this an unusual shape or installation? I was just trying to figure out why replacing a sink would require so much demolition. Just a thought in case it's just an odd shape you can't buy now... you could find another antique sink the same size and have it refinished and then install it when it's fully cured so you'd never be without a sink. Or even better, this site claims there are vintage sinks out there from that era in great condion.

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        1. re: mlou72

          It's not the sink that's the problem, it's set in a tiled countertop in a house built in 1939. We've had two different tile people look at it, and they both say they can't guarantee that they can remove the old sink without breaking a few tiles. Of course, these particular tiles are no longer made, so there's no way to just fill in any broken ones, it would mean removing and retiling or replacing the entire countertop.

        2. We had a baththub refinished and while it worked out okay for the time we owned the house, we experienced some deterioation of the new finish around the drain after a few years, probably due to water sitting around the drain (who dries their bathtub after each use) and scouring to remove water stains. I would not recommend refinishing for a kitchen sink, at least I would not do my own kitchen sink because it gets scrubbed frequently. A refinished sink surface would not hold up well under normal kitchen use.