Brighten Up a Dark Porcelain Sink
LESLIE: Listening in on WENI, we’ve got Tim in New York. What’s going on at your money pit?
TIM: Yes, I just had a question regarding restoring the original luster of a black porcelain sink. It’s about five years old and, you know, the color is supposed to go all the way through. And I wanted to find out how to go about doing that.
TOM: Well, unfortunately, the darker the color the shorter the life. That’s what it seems to be. You know, when you have a white porcelain product it seems to last, you know, indefinitely. But the darker ones seem to wear and haze and that’s what makes them kind of look lighter.
TOM: There is no way that I’m aware of that you can restore the original luster of that short of reglazing, which is a costly and time-consuming process. But when you have dark fixtures like that and when you’re – if you’re absolutely sure that there’s no – there’s nothing on there in terms of a lime deposit or calcium deposit – right –
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Yeah, there’s no like lime buildup or hard water deposits.
TOM: – that’s causing this, then there’s really no easy way to bring that to the original color short of a repeat of the glazing process.
TIM: Oh, I see. So it would be really involved. OK.
LESLIE: I mean have you tried like a C-L-R or something that’s made to remove calcium and lime and buildup that you would see in a sink situation?
TIM: Yes, I’ve tried those products and it just – you know, like you were saying, it has a hazy look to it; you know, almost like oxidation on an older …
TOM: Yeah, exactly. That’s going to be normal wear and tear on a dark sink like that, Tim. Sorry.
TIM: I see.
TOM: Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it’s not. But you know what? Maybe now you’ll learn to live with it, right? (chuckling)
TIM: That’s exactly right.
TOM: Alright Tim, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
TIM: Thanks for your help.
TOM: You’re welcome.
LESLIE: You are listening to The Money Pit.