Repairing Chipped Sink
LESLIE: Gary in Michigan listens to The Money Pit on WJML. And what’s your problem? What’s going on?
GARY: Listen, I put a chip in our … we have a brand new American Standard Americast sink. And I put like a quarter inch chip in right by the top of the rail of my kitchen sink.
TOM: So you’re in trouble.
TOM: You’re in big trouble.
GARY: (overlapping voices) Oh, yeah, you betcha. (laughing) Anyway, it’s like a $600 sink and I’m looking for a way to repair that.
LESLIE: Well, is it a porcelain sink or is it a cast iron with a glaze on top?
GARY: It’s a glazed sink. It’s like cast iron; it’s called Americast, made by American Standard.
LESLIE: Well, there’s a great product, actually, and it’s a one-step product. I know Tom and I were talking about sometimes if you get a chip in something like that, you just might use a paint; but especially if you’re dealing with a deep gash in it. It’s called Porc-A-Fix, which is P-o-r-c-A-Fix. And what it is, is it comes in every shade of any manufacturer’s color that a sink was ever made in, in the past 25 years. And they have a variety of American Standard colors that they list as exactly what the color of American Standard product would call it. And it’s a one-step process and you just brush it on and it will last forever and ever and it doesn’t yellow and it even retains a high gloss.
GARY: Oh, really?
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. So that could save your rear.
GARY: I’m hoping. (laughing) I did it. I admitted it right off the bat too, you know?
TOM: Well, that’s most important, right?
GARY: Yeah. And that kind of helped a little bit but the chip is kind of deep. Was it … is this something that I’m going to have to build up and coat?
TOM: You know, it’s always a good idea – even though some of these products say it’s one step – if it’s a deep one, you want to build it up. Because, generally, the viscosity is such that it’s so loose it’ll sort of sink in to …
LESLIE: Yeah. This way, each layer adheres better to the layer beforehand.
LESLIE: Almost like with an automotive repair paint. You want to build it up.
GARY: I’m going to try that. Thank you so much.
TOM: Alright. We’re hoping we got you out of trouble.
GARY: Oh, I … I’m always in trouble; it doesn’t matter anyway. (laughing)
LESLIE: Ah! Good luck with that one!
TOM: Gary, thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.