Repairing Broken Tiles
- Procedure code:
- Ohj - March/April 1991
- Ceramic Tile
- Last Modified:
REPAIRING BROKEN TILES
A. This procedure includes guidance on using epoxy to repair
broken tiles that are cracked or split cleanly through
the tile. SURFACE CRAZING OR SMALL SURFACE FLAWS IN THE
GLAZE DO NOT NEED REPAIRING.
B. Repair is preferable to replacement if the break is clean
because the removal of even one tile runs the risk of
causing damage to adjacent tiles.
A. Patching Resin: Manufacturers' standard 2-component
epoxy resin, designed specifically for patching of
ceramic tile materials.
1. Tint to match color of existing tile following
manufacturers' recommenda= tions.
B. Enamel to match color of tile.
C. Clean, potable water.
A. Stiff bristle brush
B. Caulking gun
C. Repointing tools (such as a hacksaw blade, chisel, and
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. Clean out the crack of any loose dust and debris using a
stiff bristle brush or by blowing air into the crack.
B. Blend the resin materials to match the color matri= x,
adding pigment as required.
C. Following manufacturer's instructions, force mixed resin
into the void using repointing tools or a caulking gun,
making sure it is pressured into the crack as deep as
possible. Fill until flush with the surface. Sometimes,
the supplier will instruct using a primer for their
D. Touch-up repaired surface with enamel to match color of
E. Do not extend patch material into the grout or mortar
joint. Crack repairs should be limited to individual
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