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Old 01-25-2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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Chipped Tub

So I am on a busmans' holiday. My boss (Tile Lady) says seeing as how your not actually working currently!!!! How about redoing the surround in our guest bath.
Seemed like a good idea at the time.
So guess what (and I swear that this is true) even with all my prep - I chip her tub!!! The first cast tub I have ever chipped.
Well other than sleeping with "Bear", the other result is that I have to repair it.
Now I know that none of you have ever chipped a tub - goes without saying. However, I am hoping that someone knows someone who has and has a great product for repairing a porcelain chip.
I am pretty comfortable sleeping with Bear and he is warm, however, ultimately I should fix the tub.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-25-2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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Hi Mike,

I haven't chipped a tub yet, but I know that there are companys that specialize in reparing them to look as good as new.

Problem is that it costs more than replacing the tub to do it.

Might as well just put in a new tub at this point.
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Old 01-25-2008, 10:29 PM   #3
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I chipped my tub but failed to mention it to the builder, who saw it and assumed one of his subs did the damage. I don't know what the guy used to do the repair but it was quick and easy and I can't tell where the chip was. This was not a big chip, just a small little one. I am assuming he just used a good white paint, but I can't really say with certainty.


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Old 01-26-2008, 08:20 AM   #4
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I had a helper chip a tub once. I went to Lowes and found a repair kit for twenty bucks.
The hard part about doing this is mixing the color. When I was done; it looked like a huge blob of drywall mud on a suddenly off white looking tub. Definitely practice first if you attempt this. You could also try some Akemi or Bondo
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:23 AM   #5
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Mike, I would get a guy who does it for a living. All tract builders can steer you onto someone. Will cost about a hun. Wait a minute, Seattle. A hun and a half.
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:04 PM   #6
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I'm with John. Call someone who does this sort of thing for a living.

We had a recently installed shower base chip. It was a manufacturer's defect (air pocket under the finish), but time was an issue and it was going to cost more in labor to remove and reinstall a new one than have it repaired. It cost us $160, and you can't tell where it was.
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