Vintage Kitchen Sink Restoration Vintage Kitchen Sink Restoration

What You'll Need
Pumice stone
Medium grit sandpaper
Porcelain repair compound
High gloss alkyd-based paint
Epoxy glue or repairing cement
Polishing powder or tin oxide
Marble dust cement
Razor blade
Wooden dowel
Rubbing alcohol
Felt
Nail polish remover
Pumice stone
Cotton pads
Wax
Acetone solution
Paintbrushes
Rags

Whether you buy a vintage kitchen sink or inherit one after purchasing a property, you are likely to find that it has suffered some wear and tear. By following a few steps to restore your sink, you can return it to its former glory.

Marble

A vintage kitchen sink made from marble is likely to have suffered damage due to its porous nature which can result in chips and cracks. Stains and minor scratches can be rectified with the application of polishing felt to apply polishing powder or tin oxide.

These substances are available from hardware and monument maintenance stores and should be rubbed into the surface with a piece of polishing felt. After the repair, the area should be waxed to finish it. To repair larger defects, use marble dust cement that is the same color as the existing marble.

Where pieces of the marble sink have broken away, retain the pieces and wipe the newly exposed surface with acetone to remove any debris. Apply some epoxy glue or repairing cement before repositioning the broken piece and holding it in place. Make sure you use sufficient pressure without allowing the piece to slip out of place. Use a rag dampened with water to remove any excess glue or cement from around the repair site.   

Porcelain

The defect to a vintage kitchen sink made from porcelain must initially be sanded until it is smooth. Use an alcohol dampened rag to remove the resultant dust and let it dry. Mix together some porcelain repair compound and paint to match the color of the vintage kitchen sink on an old clean tile.

Once you are satisfied with the color, carefully apply some of the mixture to the repair site with a razor blade. After filling the chip or gouge, scrape the razor over the surface to make it smooth and remove any excess. Let the mixture dry before smoothing the edges with a cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover.

Fireclay  

Though a vintage kitchen sink made of fireclay will be quite a durable one, in the process of it being used it can still sustain some relatively superficial damage and staining. However, this can be easy to repair. Put the stopper in the plughole of the sink and fill it with enough cold water to cover the base of the sink.

Immerse the pumice stone in the water and use it to gentle buff the damaged section of the sink when it is completely wet. Continue moving the pumice stone in a back and forth motion until the stain or scratch has disappeared. Drain the sink and wipe the surface with a clean rag.

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