How to Refinish a Sink

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

Before You Begin

Here are the steps involved for the job. If you don't want to do the job click here to get to Home Advisor and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by Handyman Contractors in your area.

  • 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.