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Porcelain Chips In The Bath Tub

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.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • February 10 2016 03:32AM

Comments

Time for a new tub...we have seen these repairs attempted Jay Markanich , best viewed from afar...you are correct..they don't work.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. You are right, do it right or not at all! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 3 years ago

Good Wednesday morning Jay Markanich -  I had a listing that spent a ton of cash on having a tub repaired. It held up well for a while but then.......

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 3 years ago

S&D - I think the biggest problem is adhesion.  You have a flat product trying to adhere to a very hard, flat surface.

Wayne - what investor is going to replace the tub?  And how do you go after the contractor, who has already been paid?  You are right though.

That's my experience John.  Advice - don't take really hard things into the tub unless the tub is protected!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Oh gosh what a pain.  Yes, those repairs don't last long and it's due to the poor adhesion.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 3 years ago

Not if you read the ads, Debbie!  "Our" process will fix it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Never seen a repair that didn't rust.... put up with it or replace the tub 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. I have tubs resurfaced and painted professionally. They look great and can last awhile but eventuallly they fail. Too bad.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 3 years ago

What a shame.  It will be interesting to see how the flipper solves this problem.  Or doesn't and hopes no one notices.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 3 years ago

Agreed Fred.  It's called science.

Sheila - what's true is true.  And agreed also!

Stephen - with white nail polish, no doubt.  Sorry, I'm old and cynical.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Jay Markanich Quit being so chippy. Yeah, they are all band-aids but sometimes you need a band-aid to the till you can handle the real healing :)

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

And the real healing takes some handling, Don!  Dem suckers is heavy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 3 years ago

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