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Old 12-17-2007, 09:48 AM   #1
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I live in a relly cute 1940s apartment. Unfortunately, my landlord doesn't always see fit to fix items in my unit which are considered "cosmetic". Well, about a week after I moved into my apt, the paint on my kitchen sink began to peel. I asked someone at Home Depot about it and they said that paint shouldn't peel from a sink like that. I told my landlord, but he doesn't think he should fix it as it's simply cosmetic.

I'm almost to a point now where I've peeled off the paint completely. Well, it has pretty much bubbled up and peel off on its own and I just collected it. I'm just down to where the paint is left on the sides - basically where the sink doesn't get much water. Once I get all the paint off, I'd like to rehab the sink so it's looks pretty again. And I'd like to do what I can to Properly seal it - or whatever it is you do do these sinks to protect them - and then get any advice I can on how to maintain and care for this sink so it doesn't get this bad looking again.

So my questions are:

1. How do I get the rest of the paint off that isn't bubbling and likely won't bubble?

2. Once I get the sink naked and free of stains, do I need to seal it with something? If so, What and is that something I can do myself or do I need to pay a professional?

3. Please tell me any tips and tricks you have for keeping your white porcelain sinks looking lovely. I prefer to utilize cleaning methods that are more on the natural side. I will absolutely use bleach and chemical cleaners when needed for a mess (like taking the stains out this time), but for regular maintenance cleaning, I like to stay as chemical free as possible.

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Who "painted" the sink?

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Old 12-17-2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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A kitchen sink can be successfully painted with a two part epoxy. It MUST be sprayed on, not rolled or brushed. The key is proper preparation. First use a chemical paint stripper to remove any old paint, then you must remove all lime deposits or any oils left from years of use. I start with a degreaser, then clean with MEK, then muriatic acid, rinse and let dry.
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Who "painted" the sink?
The apartment people. Though, honestly, the guy who was in charge and who has been let go now finally for other reasons was a master of Quick Cheap fixes to shut the tenants up instead of doing things right. This is one of those diamond in the rough apartments in my town (dirt cheap, nice neightborhood, good Real wood floors, other original fixtures, allows my big dog) and I'd like to stay there for a long time, so I'm willing to put my own elbow grease into the place to keep it nice.

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A kitchen sink can be successfully painted with a two part epoxy. It MUST be sprayed on, not rolled or brushed. The key is proper preparation. First use a chemical paint stripper to remove any old paint, then you must remove all lime deposits or any oils left from years of use. I start with a degreaser, then clean with MEK, then muriatic acid, rinse and let dry.
Is this something I can do myself over a day or a weekend? Can I get this at Home Depot or Lowes?

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Is this something I can do myself over a day or a weekend
Probably not successfully.......

To do it Right,... requires removal, refinishing,+ replacement,.........
To do it any other way will probably just get you what you already have......

If you're willing to do it repeatedly, possibly annually,.....
The big box stores might have something that'll make it look "Good" for a little while.........
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Probably not successfully.......

To do it Right,... requires removal, refinishing,+ replacement,.........
To do it any other way will probably just get you what you already have......

If you're willing to do it repeatedly, possibly annually,.....
The big box stores might have something that'll make it look "Good" for a little while.........
Oh. Dang. Yeah, I can't take the sink out. I might be able to get the landlord to have someone do it if I paid for the labor, but that's gonna take an act of congress. Or a miracle from one of the gods. Other problem is, taking the sink out would mean tearing up the tile counter top wouldn't it? The counter top is original and still good and I don't want to lose that. Neither does he.
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Home Depot has a kit just for this. I noticed it today, although I didn't look at the details.
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The HD kit will work just fine. You do not have to remove the sink "to do it properly" Well prepped, and treated like a Fiberglass sink, it will last for years.
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Home Depot has a kit just for this. I noticed it today, although I didn't look at the details.
Fantastic! I'll check it out over my Christmas break. Maybe it'll be my Chirstmas gift to my apt!
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The HD kit will work just fine. You do not have to remove the sink "to do it properly" Well prepped, and treated like a Fiberglass sink, it will last for years.

Yaaaaaay! That's wonderful to hear! Thanks.

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