Installs, remodels, and even restorations are projects that will at times call for repairing chips in a surface of porcelain. The material is used for a variety of purposes and like every other material available, it is not impervious to various forms of damage. Even imperfections could be in a porcelain product. Often times these marred spots show up in the form of chips. In this article we will talk about why chip repair is necessary, even for durable materials. We will also talk about what is needed when repairing a chip in a product made from porcelain. Additionally, we will cover the steps necessary to actually repair a chip in a surface made from porcelain material. To see a video showing how easy repairing a chip can be, simply click here to go to a chip repair kit demonstration to see how easy it can be. For more information about this material in general you can check out the porcelain guides. And here is where you can get more information on how to fix stone chips. Now back to the topic at hand; repairing chips in porcelain.
Porcelain Countertops Get Chipped
One of the features made from materials like porcelain are countertops. Granted, not all counters are a good fit for porcelain but when the countertop is made of it, being aware that there may be a need for chip repair is something to consider. Porcelain countertops do chip even in places where you would never expect this kind of damage.
Porcelain Surfaces Are Durable, Not Indestructible
Even though a stone countertop or countertops made of porcelain is durable, it does not mean that the surface cannot be damaged. Countertops especially can be susceptible to chips. Durable materials can chip if they suffer shock or impact in just the right place. Perhaps the most affected area of a surface is an edge. Countertops have multiple edges that can chip relatively easy if a hard object hits the edge. Being able to repair a countertop edge means another potential stream of income for your shop. Or, if you are handy with tools, being able to repair a chip yourself can save you some money, depending on the rates and the frequency you use the repair equipment.
Chip Repair in Porcelain Surfaces
When talking about repairing chips in porcelain surfaces, the process is relatively simple. It will take a bit of effort, time, and patience to get the chip repaired, but it is worth it for the consumer. This is because owners of surfaces have come to appreciate the material and realize the expense involved in replacing surfaces made from porcelain,
What is Needed to Repair a Chip?
Enough with the who, when, and why information. Let's get into the what and how information as it relates to repairing chips in a porcelain surface. The following list enumerates the tools and supplies needed to repair and chip in a porcelain
A Milling Tool to Smooth Out the Chipped Area
Material for Filling In the Chipped Section of the Surface
Coloring Pigment That Matches the Porcelain's Color
Dispenser for Filling the Chip With the Filler
A Flat Surface to Use as a Mold for the Porcelain Slab
Porcelain Chip Repair Steps
Having the correct tools to repair a chip is only the beginning of the process, but it is a good start. Using the tools effectively is what yields the results. Repairing chips in a porcelain surface involves the following steps.
Clean the area of the porcelain surface that you will be repairing.
Remove the dust that was generated from milling out the chipped area and then clean the area.
Allow the cleaned are of the porcelain to dry.
Place the flat molding surface on the top of the porcelain slab directly over the spot to be filled and clamp it down.
Using the filler and the coloring paste, mix the two together so that the filler is the proper color needed to match the porcelain surface.
Place the colored filler into the gap between the porcelain surface and your flat molding surface.
Wait for the filler to harden up and dry.
Clean and refine the edges of the filled area to remove excess filler.
Demonstration of Surface Restoration Using a Chip Repair Kit
In the video below, you can see how easy repairing a chip is when you have all the necessary tools to accomplish the task and can use them effectively.
In this article we have seen a number of important aspects related to repairing chips in porcelain surfaces. We stared out by looking at the reason there is a need for porcelain chip repair equipment. Then we listed briefly the tools needed for restoring a surface with a chip. We then considered the steps involved with porcelain chip repair. Finally, we shared a demonstration video showing just how easily repairing a chip is when you have the tools and the knowhow. Being equipped and ready to restore surfaces that have these kinds of nuisance damage can go a long way toward the success of your shop.