How to Do Tile Chip Repair
A chipped tile on a floor or wall can detract from the look of the entire area. That is why it is important to repair chips on your tile as soon as possible. In addition, repairing a chipped tile as opposed to replacing it entirely can save you money. But if the tile is damaged beyond repair, then you should definitely replace it with a similar one. You can do this yourself or call in a professional.
When repairing your tile, you have a few methods you can use for small and large chips. This article goes over the repair process so you’ll know what to do.
How to Repair Small Chips and Scratches in a Tile
- Hair dryer
- Oil-based primer/sealer
- Paint (in the color of your tile)
- Piece of cardboard
- Small paintbrush
- Toothpick (or other small instrument)
- Two-part epoxy resin
Step 1: Clean the area. Start by cleaning the area with the chip or scratch using soap and water. This step will help remove any dirt and oils.
Rinse with clean water and allow it to dry. You can use a hair dryer to help speed up the drying process.
If you only have a scratch, you can skip step 2 below and proceed to step 3.
Step 2: Apply the epoxy. Mix the two-part epoxy resin on a piece of cardboard using a toothpick or other small instrument.
Fill in the chipped area with the epoxy using a toothpick or other small instrument.
Keep applying the epoxy until the chipped area is level with the surrounding tile.
Allow the epoxy to cure according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Avoid touching the area for at least 24 hours.
Step 3: Apply the primer/sealer. Next, apply the oil-based primer/sealer to the chipped or scratched area using a small paintbrush.
Apply only a small amount of primer/sealer to prevent pooling.
Allow the primer/sealer to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Step 4: Apply the paint. After the primer/sealer has dried, apply paint to the area using a small paintbrush.
Allow the paint to cure for at least 24 hours.
How to Repair Larger Chips and Holes in a Tile
- Ceramic filler
- Putty knife
- Sandpaper (180- to 200-grit)
Step 1: Mix the ceramic filler. You may need to mix two separate colors to get a match for the color of your tile.
Step 2: Fill in the chip or hole. Pack the filler into the large chip or hole in the tile using a putty knife.
Do this until the filler in the chip or hole is even with the rest of the tile. Allow it to dry.
Step 3: Sand the filler smooth. Use a fine sandpaper of 180- to 200-grit to sand the surface of the dried filler until it is smooth and even with the rest of the tile.
Step 4: Apply the lacquer. Using a paint brush, apply lacquer over the top of the smoothed and sanded ceramic filler. Allow it to dry completely.
Fixing chipped wall and floor tiles yourself can save you money, especially if you use the easy-to-follow steps presented above. When choosing your paint or ceramic filler, you should take a piece of the tile with you, if possible, when you travel to the store. If you’re buying items online, purchase various shades of the color you need and mix until you get a good match.