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Bathtub Chip Repair Using the Fade-In Edge Blending Solvent

When you have the proper tools, bathtub chip repair is a fairly straightforward process. The Fade-In Edge Blender can help you complete successful chip repair in just a few easy steps.

By George Piccot

Chip Repair: When is it Possible?

So, your customer calls and says they dropped something and chipped the freshly refinished tub you did a week ago. The good thing is, it's fixable. You can perform bathtub chip repair without completely refinishing the tub again. Simply repair and utilize a blending solvent! Repairing a chip is not rocket science and you will need nothing more than a toolbox full of repair materials, a drop cloth, extension cord and Topkote’s Fade-In Edge Blender Blending Solvent. When completed correctly, your customer shouldn’t be able to tell a repair was ever done. In the sections below, we'll outline the three steps necessary for successful chip repair.

Complete the Chip Repair

First, decide if you can simply feather sand the chip or if you need to use filler. If no filler is needed, feather sand the chip using 220- or 320-grit sandpaper. If a filler is needed, mix it per the package instructions and fill the chip. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and sand the filler using 80-grit sandpaper and end with 220- or 320-grit sandpaper.

Prime and Spray Over the Chip Repair

Next, prime the repair area using Topkote’s Crosslink III or 2000 Epoxy Primer and finish using Topkote’s UR Glaze or 280 Low VOC topcoat. Let it dry for five minutes or so before blending.

Utilize a Blending Solvent Over the Repair

Use your Fade-In Edge Blender Blending Solvent and apply it sparingly in light, quick passes, focusing on the dry edges of your painted area. If you over apply the blending solvent you will cause runs or sags at the blended edge. Let it flash for a few minutes and apply again if necessary.

Perform the Perfect Chip Repair Every Time

Your bathtub chip repair should look as good as new! For more information about Topkote's Fade-In Edge Blender blending solvent, contact us online or call 888-867-5683.

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