How to Repair a Chip in Tile

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A common problem in floor tiles is small chips that can generally be repaired by disguising the chip with paint that matches the tile color. Get a chip in floor tile to blend in with help from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement and maintenance.

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Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I'm going to talk to you about how to repair a chip in tile. In floor tile this is a fairly common problem that you can have. Now the first thing you have got to do is you have got to evaluate how big your chip is. Now we've got a chip right here in this particular floor tile and you can see it is rather small and a little disjunctured. Now if it was much larger than this it would be difficult to repair and in that case what we would have to do is we would have to cut the grout lines and actually chip up and remove the whole tile and replace the complete tile but where this is a fairly small chip what we can do is more or less disguise it and what I have done I have got a pan here and I have got a little bit of yellow, a taupe color, a brown color, and a white color. Because of the variations in this tile what we are going to try to do is just take a little bit of this and use our artist brush here and what we are going to try to do is try to mix up a color here that gets us fairly close to the shade. So you can see as I am kind of mixing this around I can just choose the different shades until I can get something that is pretty close to this color and then what we want to do is we just want to paint this in. Now of course before we paint it to make sure we get good adhesion we want to make sure that we have primed it before we do which on this spot we have and then to keep it from showing up too much what we can do is just kind of feather out these edges using a wet rag so if we have got a little bit above the surface we can kind of wipe over like that so you just knock it down back below the surface and with this and in preparing these cracks with just a little bit of experimentation you can get pretty close to the color. Now keep in mind as you are using paints to repair these chips when you first put the paint in it is going to dry a little bit darker so it is going to be lighter. So keep in mind as you are repairing that if it is just a shade lighter when you are making that in there it ought to blend in o'kay once it dries out because it will be darker. So I'm Tim Gipson with a tip on how to repair a chip in tile.

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