How to Paint an Enamel Sink

Paint your enamel sink to either redecorate the room with a fresh color scheme or repair a chipped or rusted sink. To properly paint enamel, you need an epoxy paint that will adhere to the enamel and withstand the high demands of a sink. If it has chips or rust, prepare it prior to painting. Use other household sinks until the epoxy paint dries to prevent fingerprints, smudges and erosion.

Update an old look with new paint colors.

Step 1

Turn the water leading to the sink off. Remove the hardware such as faucet knobs from underneath with a wrench, disconnecting the water pipe and pushing the hardware up through the sink slots. Set aside.

Step 2

Sand any chipped or rusted areas until smooth with fine grit sandpaper. Sanding will also remove soap scum and calcium buildup.

Step 3

Prepare porcelain putty as directed on the label. Use a popsicle stick to mix the powder with water in a separate container until the consistency is a thick paste.

Step 4

Apply to any chipped areas or nicks in the sink with the popsicle stick. Press the paste in and flatten it with the stick's edge. Smooth it with a razor blade so it is flush with the rest of the sink's finish. Wait for the putty to dry as indicated on the label.

Step 5

Wipe down the sink with a rag saturated in rubbing alcohol to clean it. Allow the alcohol to dry before painting.

Step 6

Paint a coat of epoxy paint on the sink with a sponge brush. Most epoxy paint is ready to use from the can, so just shake the small container up before opening and dip the sponge brush in. Wait for the first coat to dry for 30 minutes prior to painting on the second. Give the second coat 72 hours to dry and set.

Kimberlee Leonard

Kimberlee Leonard

With more than 15 years of professional writing experience, Kimberlee finds it fun to take technical mumbo-jumbo and make it fun! Her first career was in financial services and insurance.