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Old 05-22-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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I bought a house with this sink in it...

http://www.homeclick.com/kohler-k-58...FSho7Aodj24ASw

It's a 43" triple bowl Kohler enameled cast iron sink. Sinks this size can cost over a $1000 to replace so I'd rather not, if I can help it. The sink is very scratched up and looks pretty bad. Can this be refinished and can I do it my self or would it be better to pay a pro and what would it cost?

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I'd hire a pro to refinish it or replace it.
There is no off the shelf product that will hold up for long.

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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I'd hire a pro to refinish it or replace it.
There is no off the shelf product that will hold up for long.
That's what I was thinking. What would I expect to pay for this service?

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Make some calls and you will know.
You chose to not add your location to your profile, often times it's a big help to know where you are for better replys.
People on this site are from all over the planet.
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Make some calls and you will know.
You chose to not add your location to your profile, often times it's a big help to know where you are for better replys.
People on this site are from all over the planet.
Sorry I'm a regular on the woodworking forum, and thought the profiles carried over. I'm in Greensboro, NC.
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You need to zero in on what you mean by refinishing. For tubs and sinks, the term can cover everything from epoxy coatings (will not hold up well) to ecltrofinishing and reglazing processes. You will also have to determine how much prep is going to be needed to etch away corrosion and repair any cracks.

Cost will vary a lot depending on where you are and whether the work can be done in your home or you have to ship the sink.
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Isn't it amazing that someone would let a high end sink like this get beat-up that way. And I add my vote with a pro. I'm sure someone will give you a free estimate.
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Isn't it amazing that someone would let a high end sink like this get beat-up that way. And I add my vote with a pro. I'm sure someone will give you a free estimate.
Yeah, I dont even know how they could have gotten it like that with out really beating it up with rough cast iron or stoneware stuff.

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You need to zero in on what you mean by refinishing. For tubs and sinks, the term can cover everything from epoxy coatings (will not hold up well) to ecltrofinishing and reglazing processes. You will also have to determine how much prep is going to be needed to etch away corrosion and repair any cracks.

Cost will vary a lot depending on where you are and whether the work can be done in your home or you have to ship the sink.
Couldn't agree more :-) Since I know nothing about this. All I know is that its a "enameled cast iron sink" I'll call a pro today and ask about it.

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Do you have a pic of the actual sink?
Are you living there now, or in the purchase process?

The reason I ask is because my mother has a white enamel sink. It is an older one, but you can't set of piece of silverware in it without leaving a mark. This makes it looks worse than it actually is, and it needs constant cleaning.

If you haven't already, I'd get some "Barkeepers friend" and give it a good scrubbing/cleaning before deciding.
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Do you have a pic of the actual sink?
Are you living there now, or in the purchase process?

The reason I ask is because my mother has a white enamel sink. It is an older one, but you can't set of piece of silverware in it without leaving a mark. This makes it looks worse than it actually is, and it needs constant cleaning.

If you haven't already, I'd get some "Barkeepers friend" and give it a good scrubbing/cleaning before deciding.
I have a picture but its on my wife's camera and I cant get at it right now. I am not moved into the the house yet but it's a black sink and its more than just marks. The scratches are right through the top coat enamel to what ever material is underneath. This is the sink...
http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Trieste%...6scrollTop%3D0
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Called a company and they said, $300 to have it re-sprayed with a Urethane Acrylic and it carries a 5 year warranty. Touch-ups after can be done for 60-75 dollars
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Sounds like a good deal to me to save a $1200 sink.
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You don't say where you are, but around here, I can usually get a sink done for 200 to 300, tops. So you're right in the ball park.

This is our personal sink (@ $150) done about four years ago. It was in BAD shape, pitted and chipped in half a dozen places.
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You don't say where you are, but around here, I can usually get a sink done for 200 to 300, tops. So you're right in the ball park.

This is our personal sink (@ $150) done about four years ago. It was in BAD shape, pitted and chipped in half a dozen places.
Cool thanks for the pic. Here is a pic of mine and I'm in Greensboro, NC. $300 seems 50 bucks to high to me but its better than 1200 for a sink, which I would just end up with a cheaper sink.
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