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Unread 06-08-2016, 02:49 PM   #1
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how to repair chip tile?


My son dropped a can of food on the floor and chipped our tile. It's a eye sore because it is in the middle of th hallway. It's about 3/4" in diameter and 3/16" deep.

What is the best way to repair this? Replacing the tile is not an option because I have no spare tiles and it must discontinued long ago as the house is 15 years old.

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Unread 06-08-2016, 04:11 PM   #2
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Try to find a matching color caulk....

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Unread 06-08-2016, 07:44 PM   #3
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If you have the piece you could probably use a flowing grade epoxy

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Unread 06-08-2016, 08:39 PM   #4
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This is what it looks like.

@Bentley, i do have a spare broken tile. How does the flowing epoxy works?

@Lazarus, since it is in the hallway, there is quite a bit of traffic. Won't the caulk get dirty pretty quickly?

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Unread 06-08-2016, 09:33 PM   #5
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Looks like there might have been a hollow spot in the tile where the can hit. Tell your son, "Good aim".

Here's what I would do. Get the smallest bag of mortar mix you can find. You might find a five or ten pound bag, but you still have a lot extra.

Then get a bottle of dye that can be mixed with mortar. Find one that matches your tile the best, or you may have to mix two colors to get what you want.

Then do a little testing with the dye and mortar to get the color you want and fill the hole with that. After it's set for a few minutes, use a sponge to wipe it off and try to get the texture you want.

Alternately, you could try to get a bag of sanded grout that is close to the color of the tile, but you're pretty much stuck with whatever color is in the bag, since the dye is already mixed in.

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Unread 06-08-2016, 10:18 PM   #6
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Professional grade epoxy tinted to match the tile would be permanent and look the best, but doesn't come cheep due to quantities you need to buy.



this may work too, and is reasonably priced

Caulk, grout, or even off the shelf epoxy you buy at a hardware store would work too for at least a little while, but may need regular maintenance.

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Unread 06-09-2016, 07:21 AM   #7
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youtube stone repair. easy fix, same principle. clean hole, color match epoxy, sand.
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Unread 06-09-2016, 07:31 AM   #8
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I'm with a combo of above ideas. Use the missing chip, but it sounds like its either gone or it disintegrated, so make some similar chips with your leftover piece of tile. Then epoxy or mortar it in with close color match. Might take a few tries, but easy to keep redoing till it looks very close. On the plus side, the texture and color look forgiving.
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Unread 06-09-2016, 08:47 AM   #9
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Do you have a tile saw? If you do, with the partial tile you have, make numerous cuts, then salvage the powder from it and mix it with some epoxy. You'll have to wait a bit for the powder to precipitate out of the wetsaw's tray, then let it dry out first - you'll end up with some dust you can mix with the epoxy to color it.

It looks like a through-body tile (i.e., the same color all the way through) with maybe some added on color in a glaze. Trying to replicate the texture will be hard, but filling it in with something at least close to the right color can be done.
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Unread 06-10-2016, 11:06 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for your tips. I also think it would be extremely hard to replicate the print and texture of this porcelain tile. I was only thinking of filing it with something that have a similar color which is already a huge visual improvement from the that dark hole and could prevent it from chipping further.

It sounds like grout or epoxy would both work for this.
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