How to Fix a Ceramic Fountain
If you have a ceramic fountain in your yard or inside your home and a chip occurs or crack forms, you can repair it yourself. Instead of hiring a professional to fix the chip or crack, you can simply use some common ceramic repair materials to patch the fountain. This repair project is not unlike patching a ceramic tile or ceramic flatware. Your ceramic fountain will be fixed within a couple of hours.
Turn off the ceramic fountain and wipe it down thoroughly with towels to dry it, concentrating on the chip or crack in the ceramic.
Put on rubber gloves and wet a cloth with ammonia. Vigorously rub the ammonia into the chip or crack to clean it out, which will make the patch bond better. Let the ammonia evaporate off the fountain.
Hold a plastic putty knife in one hand and squeeze ceramic epoxy onto the blade. Run the plastic putty knife over the chip or crack on the ceramic fountain, filling the crack or chip with ceramic epoxy. Leave the epoxy cure and dry for about eight hours.
Gently sand the ceramic patch with 120-grit sandpaper to make it flush and better conceal the patch. Wipe off any dust with a tack cloth once sanded smooth.
Pour some acetone on a clean cloth and wipe the ceramic patch to clean it and ready it for finishing. Leave the acetone to evaporate for ten to 15 minutes.
Spray on a light, even coat of ceramic refinishing spray once the acetone has fully evaporated to finish. Allow 24 hours for the spray to dry before turning the water on to your fountain.
- "Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Ceramic Tile"; Carter Glass; 2010
- "Dare to Repair: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything"; Julie Sussman, et al.; 2002
Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.