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Old 07-16-2007, 12:15 PM   #1
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Enamel Paint, or why I hate renting


My husband and I have run across the same problem with every apartment or house we've rented: porcelain bath and kitchen fixtures painted with cheap enamel. It takes a matter of a few months for it to not just start chipping, but flaking off in large sheets, looking horrible and exposing the porcelain below to the elements. As a result (as I'm sure you can imagine) our sinks and bathtubs look just awful.

Since our landlord claims that this is technically "damage" that we did to the house, we will be responsible for fixing it before our lease is up. What is going to be the best course of action here? Literally half of the paint has fallen away by now, so do we just remove the rest of the paint, clean the porcelain, and repaint the entire thing?

If anybody has any experience with this, I would be most grateful.
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My experience is there are no (DIY available) coatings that will adhere to porcelain fixtures
Not for very long anyway
Usually within a matter of months they not only just start chipping, but flaking off in large sheets, looking horrible and exposing the porcelain below to the elements. As a result (as I'm sure you can imagine) the sinks and bathtubs look just awful.
I'm not kidding
There is no way he can possibly blame you for that
It is normal wear and tear...it was a crappy "fix" to begin with
Any DIY fix has a hugely high chance of looking like that within a year
Whoever painted them in the first place did it wrong
And there are no real right ways to paint those things anyway
That's what happens when you do it, that's what those "kits" from Home depot look like after a few months

That's what anything you do will look like after a few months
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:06 PM   #3
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Yep Slick nailed it. As a diyer porcelain refinishing should be done by a pro. I also agree that you can not be held liable, unless you were the one that tried that cheap fix. I hope that you took pictures before you moved in. I am curious as to what kitchen fixtures that you are refering? lights?
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"I am curious as to what kitchen fixtures that you are refering? lights?"

Just the sink, actually, but it looks really horrible.

And thank you both so much for your info. This was very good to know, and I'm so glad I checked in here before I went to Home Depot and got the stuff anyway! I'll hold my ground when the time comes to decide who's responsible for what damage.

Thanks!
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You absolutely cannot be held responsible for the situation you described

In fact, it's the other way around
The landlord/super/maintenance dept. is responsible, as the coating was substandard, incorrect, and/or improperly applied
And, if is causing coating (paint) flakes in the water you prepare your food with and wash your dishes in, you could be exposed to (who knows what) contamination

If you have more than a few weeks left, you may have some good reasons to have them fix it correctly (or replace it) now
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Yup. Landlord's got a problem- not you. Don't give him one penny towards fixing that.

Maybe you should rent in a different area

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