How to Refinish a Sink

If you are tired of looking at that old and out-of-date kitchen or bathroom sink, then you must be thinking to get rid of it at any cost. Replacing it is an option available but it can be an expensive activity. Rather than getting into the headache of replacing it, why don’t you refining it on your own within few cost-effective steps. Refining enhances the overall look of the sink by improving its shine. It is better to use a neutral color palette for the refinishing purpose as it keeps the sinks relevant for many years to come.

Things you will need to refinish a sink:

Things you will need to refinish a sink:

– Scrub
– Non-abrasive kitchen cleanser
– Bleach solution
– Water
– Scraper
– Dry sandpaper
– Epoxy coating
– Brush or roller strokes
– Medium paint brushes
– Acrylic topcoat
– Wet cloth


  • 1

    Clean the surface of the sink

    Scrub the surface of the sink with a non-abrasive kitchen cleanser in order to remove all the grease, mold, dirt, hard water deposits, soap film and the oils. If you find any mildew on the surface of the sink, then top the non-abrasive with some bleach solution and rub for few more minutes. Rinse the sink with water until no more soapy.

  • 2

    Remove caulk

    Do away with the caulks all around the fixtures of the sink, using a scraper.

  • 3

    Repair chipped areas

    Use a filler compound to overhaul all the possible dents and chips

  • 4

    Clean the area surrounding the sink

    Accurately clean the external area of the sink using the remaining non-abrasive cleanser. Also clean the floors and walls around the specific sink.

  • 5

    Smooth the surface

    Smooth the internal and external surfaces of the sink by scrubbing them with dry sandpaper and then rinse it thoroughly with water.

  • 6

    Apply epoxy coating

    Now apply a thin coat of the epoxy coating, using a brush or roller strokes. Leave it for about one hour or until the epoxy dries off fully and then apply the second coat. Leave it for another one hour, allowing it to dry.

    Note: You can apply the third coat if you feel necessary.

  • 7

    Apply a thin layer of acrylic topcoat

    Grab a clean brush and top the epoxy coating with a thin layer of acrylic topcoat. It helps in adding final shine to the sink.

  • 8

    Reapply caulk

    Once the acrylic topcoat dries thoroughly, reapply the caulk to the fixtures of the sink.

  • 9

    Allow the topcoats to dry and set

    Leave the sink for at least one week in order to allow the layers of topcoats set and dry completely.

  • 10

    Clean up

    Wipe the floor around the sink with a wet cloth or sandpaper. Now wash the equipment used in the projects.

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