It's newly remodeled and already there are porcelain chips in the bath tub.
They were all in one area.
The chips were deep, into the metal below.
They were recently done. And of course, the remodeling is new.
So, how did it happen?
Someone dropped a tool maybe, or something else.
No problem, nobody will notice a bunch of black spots in the new, white bath tub!
Feeling the chips it was obvious they are not spots. They are deep chips in the finish. I had my client feel them.
So what to do? What's my experience?
> Chip repair kits can be purchased at the hardware store. Quick and easy! They don't work.
> Chip repair companies can be called. The repairs don't last.
> Chip repair ads will try to convince you that their system, and their product, is the best and will be permanent and beautiful. Maybe, but not for long.
I see chip repairs all the time. Why do I see them? For the reasons I said above - the repair didn't work, the repair didn't last, and the repair didn't last for very long.
There are two issues as I see them.
1. How well the repair blends into the surrounding porcelain.
2. How well the repair adheres to the surface.
What about the companies that repaint the entire tub? Again, and this is MY experience, the reasons above still apply. I'm not simply being contrary. My experience is what it is. And I've been doing home inspections for a couple of days now!
My recommendation: if porcelain chips are not repaired quickly they will rust. And that is ugly. But again, the blending and the adhesion points still apply. No way will a seller simply want to install a new tub. That requires the plumbing, ceramic tile, and flooring trades, in addition to the tub installation. Certainly the seller will want to fix it and as quickly and cheaply as possible (I have seen nail polish used). And it's too bad. When you buy something newly remodeled, or new, surely you want it to look good and last.
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