How to Repair Ceramic with Putty


Ceramic pieces are often used in décor to liven up an area, but sometimes your beloved ceramic piece can get damaged and chipped from accidents. Fixing a ceramic piece can be easily done using some craft putty and a little bit of paint. If you’ve got a chip or crack in a favorite ceramic piece, learn how to use epoxy putty to fix the damage and get your piece back to looking like it did before.

Things You'll Need

  • Epoxy putty
  • Medium grade sandpaper
  • Acrylic latex paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Shellac sealant spray
  • Mix your putty in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions in a plastic bowl. You can find epoxy putty at most hardware stores at relatively inexpensive prices.

  • Take a small piece of putty and begin pressing it into the crack or chip in your ceramic piece. Press enough putty so that it extends higher than the original ceramic surface. Allow it to dry according to the drying time of the specific brand you purchased.

  • Take a piece of medium grade sandpaper, and gently sand down the putty you filled the crack or chip with. Make sure to avoid sanding the area around the putty. Sand until the putty is at the same level as the rest of the surface so the two surfaces are cohesive with each other.

  • Test your acrylic latex paint on a piece of paper, allow it to dry and then compare it to your ceramic piece to ensure it is a match. You may want to buy a few different paints that vary in shade slightly to find the perfect one.

  • Paint over the putty with the paint that matches your ceramic piece--use a small paintbrush so that you can have better control. Allow a couple of hours to dry.

  • Spray the area you’ve painted with a light layer of shellac sealant to make it shine. This also helps prevent the repaired area from breaking again.

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