As we all know, plumbers are highly-paid professionals who rarely make mistakes…
But what do they do when they are installing a new basin, bath or shower tray and they inadvertently put a chip in it? Do they confess all and replace it at their expense?
More than likely, if you were to search their van, you would find their favourite bathroom accessories, cunning damage repair products, that can be used to cover up for many sins. In this article, we will share the secrets with you – and thanks to the good people at Plumbworld you can take full advantage. The benefits extend to being able to grant a longer active life to your trusty bathroom suite, as we shall see…
The consequences of a nasty little chip from dropping something on your lovely surface can be severe. Professional repairs, or ripping out the offending item, with all its attendant ‘collateral damage’, are not for the financially-challenged.
Now you can DIY, no matter how little experience you have. Cramer have created a Scratch & Chip Repair Kit that repairs enamelled steel or cast iron baths: ceramic toilets, basins, Belfast sinks and shower trays: or all types of acrylic moulding.
Don’t expect it to repair cracks, but when used on typical small scratches and chips it can be undetectable and it is waterproof. Just dry well beforehand: and allow it 3-4 days afterwards for the product to harden fully.
Another Cramer essential is the Kitchen & Bath Touch-Up Stick, that you can use to cure all sorts of little blemishes on bathroom and kitchen appliances, including radiators.
If your problem is specifically on an acrylic surface, then do not use normal acidic cleaners that can erode its surface. And if it is scratched, use Acryl-Star to professionally remove the problem.
Ever heard of a Scuff-Removing Rubber? Well now you have, and this plumber’s mate is one that you should get acquainted with too. Who hasn’t at some time got blemished surfaces from paint, adhesive, limescale, metal abrasions, stains, mould or ring marks? Use this simple item when dry and it’s amazing what problems you can solve.
An alternative in liquid form is Email-Star Polishing Cream, which is mildly abrasive but is acid-free and can even be used to buff up resin stone surfaces and chromed or stainless steel taps, shower heads etc. Its makers even recommend using the end of a wine cork for applying it to the more determined marks.
When the problem is more severe and you have a sorry-looking enamel bath or basin, you can still give them a new lease of life.
The Jaeger II Professional Bath & Tile Resurfacing Kit claims to provide a new enamel coating that is twice the thickness of other kits and can last for 10 years.
You use a (provided) resin/hardener to fill any chips or indentations.
Then you sand the surface to make it rough, de-dust it and then apply the lacquer with a brush or roller. This has a two-part formula that combines a top coat and seal in one.
All of the above have received excellent reviews from Plumbworld customers: which suggests that this recession has encouraged more and more of us to ‘channel our inner plumber’…
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