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What Are the Best Tips for Porcelain Repair?

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Some porcelain items are extremely important and valued considering their historical significance and fiscal worth. But as time goes on, their look and overall physical appearance starts to become damaged due to natural mishaps or human carelessness. Since these objects carry an immense significance considering their preciousness and artistic manufacturing, porcelain repair is recommended for these items because it not only keeps the originality of the item, but it also maintains its value. There could be several types of porcelain items that need porcelain repair such as many household objects like sinks and toilets, and of course the above mentioned antique porcelain as well.

In the case of porcelain repair for household items, keeping them clean is an imperative step to prevent damage in the first place. Always try to avoid cleaners that contain harmful acidic compounds. Use the recommended cleaning products and perform the task carefully. Cover the hands and protect both eyes, since some of the elements in these cleaners could be harmful to them.

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Several different techniques have been found to be very helpful and effective when repairing chips and cracks that appear in the porcelain items. When attempting porcelain repair tasks when chips are involved, a few key points should be kept in mind. Always use the epoxy glue on the back side of the chipped item by using a toothpick or some type of cotton material. While repairing the chipped pieces, try to place the broken edges and parts into the right places. After the pieces have been placed, fill up all of the chipped areas, holding the item for about one minute to help them harden properly.

Repairing cracks within porcelain is a slightly harder task than filling in cracks because the epoxy filler has to be inserted into it. To begin with use the porcelain enamel epoxy on the needed area and keep filling it until the cracks are completely filled. Smooth the surface before the sealant dries in order to maintain the original shape and design of the object being repaired. After this process is completed, allow the epoxy to dry for at 24 hours before using it. When completing this type of porcelain repair, be sure to cover the surrounding areas with a drop cloth so excess epoxy does not make a mess on the surrounding floors and walls.

Some porcelain repair techniques are specifically designed for repairing antique items. The first step involved in the process of porcelain repair on older objects is the preparation and gathering of the broken parts of the porcelain item. After they have all been located, clean them thoroughly with soap and water and allow them to dry before trying to reattach them. As with any other porcelain repair, secure the pieces into place with an antique epoxy and then level the area off, making sure to restore the object to its original shape and size, as well as any types of texturing that was used. This can easily be accomplished with a stiff paint brush and using light, even pressure.

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