How to Repair Porcelain-Coated Pans

Porcelain-coated cookware combines the best of different cookware types by having a durable base coated with a thick porcelain material. Also known as enamelware, the base of the pot is typically made from cast iron or heavy iron and then covered with the porcelain enamel. When the porcelain chips, the cast iron appears underneath and may touch some of your food, which is dangerous. If this problem appears, you must repair the porcelain-coated pot or pan.

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Enamelware items are coated with a layer of porcelain.

Step 1

Clean the porcelain pot carefully, sprinkling baking soda over the pot and rubbing with warm water. Rub mild dish soap around the pot with a soft sponge and then rinse it with warm water. Dry the pot completely with a soft towel.

Step 2

Sand the chipped area of the pot with fine-grade sandpaper, sanding both the revealed area of the iron or base metal and the porcelain itself. The spot must be slightly rough to the touch for the repair compound to stick to the surface.

Step 3

Wipe off any excess dust or porcelain caused by the sanding process.

Step 4

Place the pot on a flat surface and turn it so that the damaged area faces up toward your head.

Step 5

Rub a small drop of rubbing alcohol on the chip, removing any leftover oils from your hands.

Step 6

Pour the repair compound onto the ceramic tile. The repair compound is found inside porcelain repair kits. Add a few drops of alkyd paint to the compound, mixing with a craft stick. Add enough paint to make the compound the same color as the pot.

Step 7

Dab the compound onto the damaged place on the porcelain pot. Push the compound down with the craft stick, making it fill in the chipped area.

Step 8

Turn the craft stick on its side and scrape it across the compound, removing any excess.

Step 9

Wipe the edges with a soft cloth and let dry overnight.


Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.