How to Reglaze Kitchen Sinks

Over time, kitchen sinks become chipped, cracked and stained. Replacing a sink is expensive and frustrating if the sink measurements are not typical. Hiring a company to re-glaze the sink can also be costly. Homeowners can save money by taking matters into their own hands and refinishing the sink on their own.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic
  • Masking tape
  • Cleanser
  • Palm sander
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Lint free cloth
  • Epoxy
  • Acrylic topcoat
  • Paint roller
  • High quality paintbrush

Open windows to ventilate the room while refinishing the kitchen sink.

Remove all of the fixtures from the sink area. Remove the faucet and spray hose. Place them somewhere out of the way.

Cover the back splash, counter top and surrounding cabinets with plastic. Use masking tape to seal the edges.

Clean the kitchen sink thoroughly with a non-abrasive cleanser. Rinse until all traces of the cleanser are gone. Dry the sink with paper towels.

Cover the drain hardware with masking tape.

Attach fine grain sandpaper to the palm sander. Sand the edges, interior and rim of the sink. Use tight, circular motions while sanding. Continue sanding until the surface areas are rough. Epoxy requires a rough surface for optimal adherence.

Dip a lint free cloth in a bucket of water. Wring the cloth out. Wipe all of the dust from the edges, interior and rim of the sink. Rinse the cloth as needed.

Use a high quality paint roller or brush to apply a thin coat of epoxy to the entire surface of the sink. Avoid brush strokes. Allow the epoxy to dry for at least one hour. Humidity levels in the home may extend the drying time. Apply a second coat and allow it to thoroughly dry.

Apply a thin layer of acrylic topcoat to all surfaces of the kitchen sink. Use a high quality paint roller or brush. Ensure that the paint goes on smoothly. Use even strokes and work in one direction. Allow the paint to thoroughly dry and add a second coat. Once the second coat has dried, apply the third, and final, coat.

Allow the acrylic topcoat to thoroughly dry before removing masking tape and protective plastic sheeting. Peel the tape off slowly to avoid pulling on the topcoat.

Allow the topcoat to set before re-attaching hardware. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines. It can take as long as a week for the topcoat to set. To avoid damaging the paint on the re-glazed kitchen sink, do not re-attach the hardware until the paint is completely dry.


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