How to Remove Aluminum Scratches From a Porcelain Sink

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Pots, pans and silverware are common causes of aluminum scratches in a porcelain sink.
Pots, pans and silverware are common causes of aluminum scratches in a porcelain sink. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Your porcelain sink can withstand a lot of wear and tear, but it does scratch easily. Silver-colored aluminum scratches that plague your porcelain sink are unsightly and take away from the overall look of the sink. Fortunately, aluminum scratches from items such as pans don’t have to be a permanent part of the sink. A few quick remedies can get rid of the scratches and restore the appearance of the porcelain.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Glass cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rags
  • Enamel paint
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small artist’s brush
  • Fine-grit sandpaper

Mist water onto the scratch marks. Sprinkle baking soda over the scratches.

Spritz glass cleaner onto the baking soda. Scrub the affected areas with a sponge until the scratches are gone. Rinse the sink with clean water and repeat this process as necessary to remove all of the scratch marks.

Sprinkle the scratches with a heavy coating of baking soda if the scratches remain. Cover the affected areas with paper towels and plug up the sink.

Spray hydrogen peroxide onto the paper towels so they are soaked. Let them set until they are dry.

Take off the paper towels. Wipe over the area with rag, then rinse the sink with clean water.

Apply enamel paint to the scratches if they are still there. Clean the area well with rubbing alcohol, then dry it thoroughly. Dip a small artist’s brush into the enamel paint and apply it lightly, working from the center of the scratch toward the edge. Let it dry for at least one hour, then sand lightly with fine-grit sandpaper. Apply another coat of the paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Porcelain repair kits are available and will repair most minor scratches. You can buy these kits at most hardware or home improvement stores. Follow the instructions on the label.
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