Can I Paint My Kitchen Sink?

You have decided to give your kitchen a remodel, you’ve worked out designs, patterns and colour schemes, and then realised that your existing kitchen sink doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the space. Now in such a situation the last thing you need is to go out and spend even more money on a new kitchen sink, and then to have to pay for it to be fitted too, but there may be a solution right before your eyes, and that is to repaint it.

Not all kitchen sinks can be painted, but there are many which can be and here we will break down which materials can be painted, and some tips for doing this.

Which Kitchen Sink Materials Can Be Painted?

The good news is that the most commonly used kitchen sink materials can be painted, which could mean that you already have one in place in your kitchen.

  • First, we have porcelain sinks –  These sinks can be painted, but they should only be refinished by a professional owing to the tough nature of doing so.
  • With regards to acrylic and stainless steel sinks – These can easily be painted and updated with some fresh colours.
  • Any other materials, such as copper or enamel would be much more difficult to change the colour of, and rarely do those come out very well.

Removal of the Kitchen Sink

When it comes to repainting the kitchen sink, you have to make sure that you have removed the entire unit. Some will try and paint the sink as it sits in the countertop, but this is going to be much tougher for you to keep consistent and it will also take a far greater time to dry.

Preparation For Painting Kitchen Sinks

Once you have disconnected the sink and you have removed it from the counter top, you need to make sure that the sink is perfectly clean. Remove any blemishes on the sink surface and make sure you have removed any dirt and grime from the nooks of the sink. Once you have completely cleaned the area, then you need to add some acetone, which will help to dissolve all other chemicals on the sink surface. Always use gloves when you handle acetone as it can burn the skin.

Painting Process

To paint the kitchen sink, you must always use a spray rather than brushes, as this will help you get the perfect consistency. Use a primer first, as it will will help the paint to take to the material when you spray it on. Make sure you have removed the layer of dust which the primer leaves, before you start to add the colour. Once the primer is completely dry and dust removed, spray the colour coat thinly on the material and allow to dry. Once this is dry, add a second coat and once again allow it to dry.

Always remember that whether you are painting modern kitchen sinks or traditional sinks, use an oil-based enamel paint, as this is the product which will adhere well to the material.