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tommmy 777 03-21-2010 01:21 PM

cast iron lavatory sink
I can not decide if I want to install a vitreous china sink or cast iron sink in my bathroom.

The application is a counter top round 19" self rimming sink on a granite tiled vanity counter.

Should the heavy weight of cast iron be a concern?

Is their a true advantage of cast iron over vitreous china?

DangerMouse 03-21-2010 01:30 PM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Is the cast iron enameled? If so, then the obvious advantage is strength. If something heavy drops on it, it'll withstand it or maybe a small chip may pop off... easy to repair/hide. Not so easy to repair a gaping hole in ceramic. The weight should be of no concern, I would think.


Alan 03-21-2010 03:41 PM

Repairing enameled cast iron will never look the same . It is hard to get the color to match just right. I'm pretty cheap, but I would always go for a basic china lavatory that you can replace for 40 or 50 bucks if needed.

That being said, i'm not sure what you'd be dropping into a lavatory that would cause it to chip or crack. :eek: I'd be more concerned with the kitchen.

DangerMouse 03-21-2010 03:49 PM

True, but like I said, the enamel with iron under it will take a lot more abuse withOUT chipping than will ceramic. IF it chips though, the color matching is almost always a problem, yeah. I've seen ranges/ovens/stoves with chip repairs that may as well have just been painted on with latex....(or possibly WERE!) lol ....and in colors 20 shades different too no less, so there I have to agree with you!


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