Well, in this post, I would be walking you through various aspects of a hairline crack in a resin sink in order to help you deal effectively with such problems.
Resin aka composite sinks is a composition of various highly durable materials such as granite resin, quartz, and heavy plastic specks of dust.
In order to make the resin sink, stain, impact, heat, and scratch-resistant, they comprise 80 percent quartz or similar materials.
The remaining 20 percent are made up of acrylic-like particles that act as the bonding agent.
On top of it, resin sinks are more durable as compared to both stainless steel and ceramic sinks.
Can You Fix a Hairline Crack in a Resin Sink?
Definitely, you can fix a hairline crack in your resin sink by following the steps that we would be discussing in a while.
Frankly speaking, in most cases, you would be able to repair cracks and chips in your resin sink without any hassle.
However, if your sink is leaking due to structural cracks, then you don’t have an option but to find a replacement for your resin sink.
Trust me, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned professional, you can easily expedite all the hairline crack fixing steps that we’re gonna share in a while on your own without any need for professional guidance.
Why is My Resin Sink Cracking?
The good news is, as compared to other types of sinks including fiberglass and porcelain, a resin sink has a lower tendency of getting cracked.
But, at the same time, it wouldn’t be correct to say that a resin sink will not crack.
It can definitely crack due to improper handling and irregular maintenance.
Let’s have a quick look at some of the important reasons behind a resin sink cracking.
Extremely hot water in a resin sink might lead to cracking especially in cold climatic condition
I don’t think any type of sink enjoys a drastic shift in temperature.
In fact, both extremely hot water in a cold sink and ice-cold water in a hot sink can adversely impact your resin sink to some extent so you need to avoid such scenarios.
Even though as compared to porcelain or fiberglass sinks the damage is quite less still we can’t completely rule out the damage which includes cracking, metal stripping, and wrapping.
Natural hairline cracks may occur in the long run
It’s a known fact that over time resin sinks can begin to age and crack.
A natural crack if NOT treated properly on time can do much more damage to an extent that you’ll not be left with any other option but to replace your resin sink.
So, act wisely and promptly to minimize the damage.
Dropping heavy dishes and utensils in your resin sink
The continuous dropping of heavy items in your resin sink may cause tiny cracks that can aggravate in the long run.
Moreover, the impact is severe so you should take it seriously in order to prevent any last-minute misadventure.
So, I would request you to avoid dropping heavy items in your resin sink.
Rusting isn’t common but can happen in rarest of the rare scenario
Well, rusting isn’t very common in a resin sink but it can happen if your manufacturer has used layers of steel in order to strengthen the sink.
It goes without saying that steel will definitely strengthen the structural integrity of your sink but at the same time, the steel will rust eventually in the long run which might lead to cracking of your resin sink.
So, it’s always good to opt for a resin sink that has a minimal amount of steel used.
How Do I Fix Hairline Crack in a Resin Sink?
So, here we come with some of the best ways to deal with a hairline crack in your resin sink.
Already, our clients have tried the below-mentioned steps, and the feedback that they gave was satisfactory and promising.
Clean your sink thoroughly
First thing first, you need to thoroughly clean your resin sink in such a way that debris, specks of dirt, food particles, dust particles, etc are removed.
Prepare a mixture of warm water and soap detergent and apply it to your sink.
Use a smooth cloth or a scrub brush for cleaning the nooks and corners of your sink.
Pay special attention to the crack area and its vicinity.
Once you’re done with the cleaning process, allow the sink to dry before moving to the next step.
Apply Painter’s Tape Along the Edges
Carefully place painter’s tape along the sides of the crack.
By doing so, you would be able to place adhesive correctly and the tape will create a zone that will successfully hold the adhesive in place till the time it will dry.
Protect the Sink With Plastic Sheeting
In order to protect your resin sink during the repair process, you need to cover the rest of the sink with plastic sheeting.
Tape it down to help prevent the glue from dripping on the sink.
Mix Your Epoxy Color and Resin
Mix epoxy color that matches the sink into a small amount of epoxy resin from a knife-grade two-part epoxy kit on a piece of scrap cardboard.
You need to stir the color with the help of a stirring stick till the time resin is a uniform color.
Add a similar amount of epoxy hardener to the resin and stir it as well with the stirring stick.
Do not mix the contents of the resin or hardener containers until you put them on the cardboard or the adhesive will activate in the storage container will activate and be unusable in the future.
Apply the Epoxy Over the Crack
You would be needing a single-edge razor blade for applying Epoxy over the crack.
The epoxy needs to be applied to the crack.
Excessive epoxy needs to be wiped off with the help of the edge of the razor blade.
You can fill the cracks quickly and easily.
The good thing about epoxy is that it hardens quickly.
Remove the Plastic and Painter’s Tape
Once you’re done with the aforementioned steps.
The next thing that you need to do is to remove the plastic sheeting and painter’s tape from your resin sink.
For leveling the area, you might be needing fine-grit sandpaper.
With the help of a paper towel and nail polish remover, you need to wipe up spilled epoxy.
Keep the Sink Dry
Give enough time to your resin sink for drying.
At least, give 24 to 48 hours to your sink for drying.
Remember, epoxy won’t be able to handle wetness till the time it has fully dried.
Even a slight percentage of moisture present in the epoxy can drastically degrade the end result, so you need to be very careful in using your sink post it’s drying.
How to Take Care of Your Resin Sink?
By following the below-mentioned steps you would be able to enhance your resin sink lifespan to a large extent.
Repair your resin sink cracks as soon as possible
Well, the problem with ignoring small and tiny cracks is that they can become bigger over a period of time and might lead to structural loss of your sink.
And, I’m sure you don’t happen anything of that kind, right?
The best way to create a watertight seal in cracks is by using epoxy.
Another effective way to seal the crack is using silicone caulk.
I’ve tried both ways and found them highly effective.
Stay with us, we would be discussing in detail the ways to deal with cracks in a resin sink in the latter part of this post.
Clean your resin sink on a day-to-day basis
Make it a habit to clean your resin sink on a daily basis as it will enhance the lifespan of your sink to a large extent.
And, the best part is, it will NOT consume much of your time if you’re doing things rightly.
By regularly washing your resin sink, you would be able to keep specks of dirt, debris, food particles, dust, etc at bay.
Excessive moisture can lead to the birth of mildew and molds which isn’t good for the health of your sink.
Do I still need to convince you why you should clean your sink daily?
Refrain from using hot water
Rather than using hot water, you can opt for lukewarm water.
Always refrain from exposing your sink to extreme temperature shifts because it can degrade your sink health drastically over a period of time.
However, if using hot water is your necessity then the best thing that you can do is to use warm water to gradually bring your sink to a higher temperature.
By doing so, you would be able to successfully mitigate the risk of crack by preventing your sink from getting exposed to extreme temperature shifts.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly
It goes without saying that all the resin sink manufacturers will provide you with a list of the dos and don’ts.
The list will consist of all the information that you would be inquisitive about your sink.
Of course, it will tell you what your sink can handle and what NOT.
Failing to follow the manufacturer’s instructions can expose your sink to bigger issues over a period of time.
It’s always better to be SAFE than SORRY, isn’t it?
Wrapping Up | Hairline Crack In Resin Sink
First and foremost, I would like to thank you for being with us till the end.
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Cutting long-story-short, all methods used in this post have been time-tested and recommended to our clientele as well.
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