How to Refinish a Sink

How to Refinish a Sink

Give an old bathtub or sink a new lease on life with a resurfacing kit. Follow these step-by-step directions and learn what materials and tools you need.



 How to Refinish a Sink

How to Refinish a Sink

Give an old bathtub or sink a new lease on life with a resurfacing kit. Follow these step-by-step directions and learn what materials and tools you need.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Scraper
  • Varnish paint brush

Materials Required

  • Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit
  • Comet
  • LimeAway
  • Abrasive scouring pad
  • Household bleach
  • Wet/dry sandpaper
  • Tack rag
  • Patching compound
  • Lacquer thinner

Tools Required

  • Scraper
  • Varnish paint brush

Materials Required

  • Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit
  • Comet
  • LimeAway
  • Abrasive scouring pad
  • Household bleach
  • Wet/dry sandpaper
  • Tack rag
  • Patching compound
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Step 1 : Clean the surface of the sink

    Scrub the surface with an abrasive pad and a combination of Comet and LimeAway to remove dirt, grease, mold, oil, soap film and hard water deposits. If there are patches of mildew, use a solution of bleach and water and repeat if necessary. Rinse thoroughly with water. This process will create a slightly porous surface, which will guarantee a better adhesion of the epoxy.

  • Step 2 : Remove caulk and repair chipped areas

    Use a scraper to remove any caulk around the fixtures of the sink and patch any chips or dents with a filler compound such as Liquid Steel.

  • Step 3 : Clean the area surrounding the sink

    Thoroughly clean the floors and walls around the sink so there's no chance of dust or dirt getting into the epoxy.

  • Step 4 : Sand

    Use #400/600 wet/dry sandpaper to smooth the surface and then rinse thoroughly with water to remove any residue.

  • Step 5 : Wipe down with a tack rag and prepare the mixture

    Wipe down the surface with a tack rag so the epoxy has a flawless surface to bond to. Pour the activator into the base can and mix according to the directions.

  • Step 6 : Apply a first and second coat

    Apply two coatings with a fine bristle varnish brush, allowing it to dry at least one hour between applications. Brush the mixture on in one direction and feather the edges as you paint to avoid a hard line between painted areas. Don't worry if bubbles rise to the surface. As the mixture levels out, the bubbles will disappear. You can apply a third coat if necessary on the next day. It dries to the touch in less than one hour and to handle in 3 hours. But don't expose it to water for at least three days or 72 hours after the last application.

  • Step 7 : Clean up

    Clean all painting tools and any paint spills immediately with lacquer thinner.

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