Home Improvement--General/bath


Can you recommend a touch up pencil or some such that I can buy (to do myself) to cover up a scratch on an ironcast tub? plz see attached pic. thank you!

Hello, Mike.

If the porcelain finish is damaged down to the underlying cast iron, rust may develop. This happened years ago when a cast-iron sink got a deep scratch in the corner, and ultimately the sink had to be replaced because of the rust that developed. It's very important to finish and seal the area as quickly and completely as possible. Unfortunately, I do not have personal or professional experience with any of these products, but trust that a repair kit manufactured by a reputable company and sold by a reputable company should give you good results.  

There are hundreds of porcelain touch-up kits available at Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, and online resources. All of them seem to be a liquid, not a pencil. I just did an online search in Google for "porcelain touch-up kit." At the bottom of the first page, there's a list of other related searches, including: porcelain touch up paint, touch up porcelain tub, porcelain touch up,porcelain repair kit lowes, porcelain sink repair kit, porcelain repair kit home depot, and porcelain bathtub repair kit.

Before making a decision, try to get more information about the product, including application, warranty, hazard warnings, ratings, and comparative price. From the picture, your tub looks white or off-white, so your selection should be quite expansive. Read and follow all instructions to get the best results.

Good luck with your tub repair. Please let me know about your experience.


Diane Plesset, CMKBD, NCIDQ, C.A.P.S.
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I will answer questions about anything to do with bathroom remodeling: design considerations, safety, function, materials (cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures and fittings, lighting/switching, heating and ventilation, tile, stone, concrete, tub and shower enclosures, flooring, etc.), saving water, trends, ROI, and appearance.


25+ years as a bath-kitchen design specialist, hundreds of completed bathroom projects (all styles, all investment ranges). Author of "THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling," co-host of a home improvement program on a local radio station for over three years. Currently hosting "Today's Home" on Lifestyle WebRadio every Sunday afternoon (http://www.todays-home.com).

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