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Old 04-29-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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How to repair scratched tile (not cracked)

My father and I are renovating a house that needs a ton of work. We plan to re-sell it in a couple months and we didn't want to spend the money to re-do the tile floor. It's in really great shape except for 7 or 8 tiles. They all have minor scratches on them. Looks as if someone took a tiny little screwdriver and pulled it along the face of the tile. The scratch goes through the ceramic but thats about it. I can't find the tile anywhere so replacing them is out of the question. I know it sounds half assed but is there something out there that works? Maybe I can fill it with grout or paint it with a marker similar to hard wood floors?

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Old 04-29-2009, 01:32 PM   #2
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The scratch cuts through the glaze? Find a good quality enamel paint that matches your tile and touch it up. It'll work for a while.

Or, leave it alone and call it "character."
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enamel paint... great idea
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:37 PM   #4
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Just remember, it's a coverup, not a permanent fix.
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:05 PM   #5
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Dj.....

If engineer Bob painted his toenails (and I assure you he don't.... nor do I)....
he mighta' recommended you go to a pharmacy or Wall-Mart or Target or K-Mart and peruse the "wide wide" selection of toenail polish (enamel) and find that perfect matching gloss.... complete with little brush. :---)


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Old 04-29-2009, 02:36 PM   #6
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Even better idea, I know just what you mean. Not that I paint my nails either
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:41 PM   #7
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Testors paint works good, they use it to paint little model cars. You can find it in gloss or flat finish. Also can you post pictures of the scratch??
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Old 04-29-2009, 02:47 PM   #8
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I hope to get a picture up later tonight.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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Don't mind the dirt please.

Pretty nasty scratch right. I better practice on some out of sight tile first.

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Old 04-29-2009, 10:03 PM   #10
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I think trying to make that look better than it does is going to be veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery challenging. Good luck to you. Hope it works.
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ya know

that picture reminded me of this thread

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...ad.php?t=73279

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funny

You guys are VERY funny,thanks I needed that! Hell of a scratch in that photo.

Thanks for the tips. I'm cutting out and regrouting a 25x12' eat-in kitchen. Project nightmare, especially since my tiles have irregular edges and I have limited hand strength. I've scratched some up but nothing like that pic so I feel WAAAAAYYYYYY better.

Off to cut/grout/groan............
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