Kitchen Design/Remodeling/sink material

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QUESTION: I'm trying to determine what material my kitchen sink is made of - it is a creamy white and looks like either enamel or porcelain.  I want to know so I know how to clean it.  Any ideas for how to determine the material it's made of? Thanks

ANSWER: Patty,
By tapping on the sides you may be able to tell if it feels and sounds like plastic or porcelain.
You can also look up from under the cabinet to see if it is cast iron, it will be metal and black. If it is a resin or composite sink it will be the same color from the bottom as the color on the top side.
Hope this helps.
Torin

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QUESTION: The bottom is black with white speckles.  We tapped on the top and it does not sound plastic.  The cream colored coating on the sink has come off in some areas and you can see black below it.  So, I guess we need to know what the coating is.  Is there such thing as a porcelain-coated sink and the rest being non-porcelain?  Thanks very much.

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It sounds like a cast iron sink with a porcelain coating. These are very difficult to repair. You may need to think about replacing it.
There are companies that specialize in re- coating bathtubs with an acrylic coating. You may want to look for a local company and see if they can repair sinks.  

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All questions regarding fabrication and installation of natural stone tile and slab countertops, flooring, backsplash. All questions related to cleaning, sealing and stain removal of natural stone surfaces. All questions on importing process and selection of natural stone slabs and pricing issues. Granite, Marble, Limestone, Slate, Travertine, Onyx, Tile, Quartz countertops, Silestone, Eco Cannot answer questions on cabinet construction

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Expert in traditional hand methods of natural stone fabrication. Expert in modern manufacturing techniques using latest machinery and equipment. Consultant of shop layout, design, and workflow analysis. Consultant of job costing, pricing structures, bidding processes of natural stone fabrication manufacturing. Expert in specifying stone maintenance cleaners and sealers Expert in stone restoration, stain removal and damage repair.

Organizations
Former Vice Chairman of the Missoula Design Review Board advisory committee to the City of Missoula, Montana City Council National Association of Home Builders member Missoula Building Industry Association member Billings Home Builders Association member Bitterroot Building Association member Marble Institute of America member President-Tyler Boshae Foundation President-Club Twitch

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Slippery Rock Gazette -Dimensional Stone Trade Magazine http://72.243.221.11/site/archive_Issues/0211/articles/16_1.html

Education/Credentials
Journeyman Marble Mason, Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen, Los Angeles, CA 1978

Awards and Honors
Numerous Parade of Homes winner as fabricator and installation contractor of granite and stone countertops and backsplash

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Thousands of residential and commercial clients from simple bathroom countertops in private homes to granite exterior cladding on high-rise buildings over a 34 year career.

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