How to Repair a Chipped Toilet

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Although your toilet is sturdy, it can still develop small chips from slamming the seat down or accidentally hitting it with another object. Although small chips do not cause many problems, they are unsightly. Fortunately, repairing a chipped toilet can hide the chipped area. Porcelain repair compounds are available at home improvement centers. Although the compounds are good for making small repairs, it is necessary to add some paint to help hide the patch area.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-grit emery cloth
  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Porcelain repair compound
  • High-gloss enamel paint
  • Scrap piece of ceramic tile, glass or flat metal
  • Wooden dowel
  • Single-edge razor blade
  • Cotton swab
  • Fingernail polish remover
  • Sand the chipped area lightly with a medium-grit emery cloth. Sand the area smooth so that there are no rough edges. Sand only the area of the chip and not the surrounding area.

  • Clean the chipped area with a cloth dipped in alcohol. This will remove the dust left by the sanding and also prepare the area for the patch. Allow the chipped area to dry completely.

  • Squeeze a small amount of porcelain repair compound on a piece of glass, ceramic tile or metal. Add a small amount of high-gloss enamel paint that matches the color of the toilet to the compound. Mix the paint and compound together with a wooden dowel.

  • Scoop up some of the mixed compound onto a single-edge razor blade. Scrape the compound into the chipped area with the razor blade. Continue adding the compound to the chipped area until it overlaps the chipped edges. Scrape away the excess with the razor blade until the compound is flush with the surrounding surface.

  • Allow the patch area to dry overnight. Dip a cotton swab into fingernail polish remover and apply the remover to the patch. This will help remove excess compound and also blend the edge in with the surrounding area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to patch cracks. Cracks most often require replacement of the toilet bowl or tank.

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