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Old 10-04-2009, 07:01 PM   #1
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Repairing hole in bathroom sink

We have a '71 Safari and when we moved the Safari to our house in GA from Missouri the shower head wasn't locked down and fell into the bathroom sink and put a hole in it. After checking out the underside of the sink it appears that this isn't the first time this has happened.

Any suggestions on fixing this problem?

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We have a '71 Safari and when we moved the Safari to our house in GA from Missouri the shower head wasn't locked down and fell into the bathroom sink and put a hole in it. After checking out the underside of the sink it appears that this isn't the first time this has happened.

Any suggestions on fixing this problem?

Thanks!


Fiberglass the hole, and then recoat the entire counter top.

When you glass in the hole, it's best to cover the entire sink from the backside.

We have done that many times.

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Old 10-04-2009, 07:14 PM   #3
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I fixed a lot of cracks on plastic in my 68 Trade Wind with West System Epoxy ( from Aircraft Spruce) and fiberglass cloth. I think the epoxy bonds better to the plastics than the polyester resin in fiberglass kits you get at auto parts stores. West makes a kit with small pre-measured packets of resin if you don't need a quart. Those kits used to be available at West Marine (not the same as the epoxy comany). I then painted with sink with a 2 part epoxy paint. Looks great and the repair is much stronger than the rest of the sink.
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Fiberglass the hole, and then recoat the entire counter top.

When you glass in the hole, it's best to cover the entire sink from the backside.

We have done that many times.

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Thanks Andy! I appreciate the info.
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:53 PM   #5
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I fixed a lot of cracks on plastic in my 68 Trade Wind with West System Epoxy ( from Aircraft Spruce) and fiberglass cloth. I think the epoxy bonds better to the plastics than the polyester resin in fiberglass kits you get at auto parts stores. West makes a kit with small pre-measured packets of resin if you don't need a quart. Those kits used to be available at West Marine (not the same as the epoxy comany). I then painted with sink with a 2 part epoxy paint. Looks great and the repair is much stronger than the rest of the sink.
Thanks for the info. I'll try out your suggestion. I'll definitely clean up and repaint the entire surface after I fix the hole in the sink.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:15 PM   #6
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Hole in Sink

I feel your pain. A cross town trip and a bottle of toilet flush was all that was needed to put a golfball sized hole in my sink (72TW). I got lucky as someone had a complete sink assembly yanked out of an identical trailer (What's the chances of that?)

Anyways that 70's plastic gets pretty brittle. Good luck with your repair.
Let this be a warning to others to not stow stuff in a vintage sink for travel.
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:18 PM   #7
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It's most definitely an important lesson not to leave the shower head hanging or leave stuff in the sink that can damage the sink. Unless we want to repair the sink - again.

The epoxy/fiberglass repair worked really well for me. It turned out better than I expected as this was my first time doing this kind of a repair. I'm planning to coat the entire back of the sink with fiberglass cloth and epoxy to give it additional support and strength. Someone painted the sink and counter area with a non-epoxy paint so I'm going to strip it off then paint with an epoxy paint. It should look really nice once I'm finished.
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I'll be tossing the old damaged sink in the dumpster soon unless it is of value to anybody with repair skills, faucet is still on it.
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