In just about any house you walk into, you will find a stove in the kitchen. Homeowners and home decorators have many stove options from which to choose including stainless steel, glass top or the ever popular ceramic stove top. Ceramic stove tops are available in a wide range of color choices and options to fit any kitchen décor. Ceramic stove tops are known for the durability and surface that wears well.

Ceramic stove top manufacturers begin with a metal surface that they then bake a ceramic coating over to form the finished piece. They use ceramic because it stands up well to high temperatures such as those used when cooking and the surface is easy to maintain. Ceramic stove tops also offer homeowners a surface that is easy to clean with little maintenance.

Although ceramic is a strong and durable coating, it is a surface that is susceptible to scratching and chipping. Dropping a heavy item such as a pot or pan onto the stove top can cause the ceramic coating to chip away. Chipped ceramic exposes the underlying metal that then shows through. Exposing the metal not only makes the entire stove top look bad, but also provides an entry point where water can land on the metal. Exposure to water and moisture will cause the metal to rust. Once the rust begins on the surface level, it can continue to degrade the metal that lies under the ceramic coating. A rusted stove top is both unappealing and unsafe.

Fixing chips and scratches on the stove top is a fairly easy project for the do it yourself type homeowner and does not require the help of a professional. The key point is to repair the damage as quickly as possible so you do not run into bigger problems later on. Typically, most homeowners can seamlessly restore the damaged area to the point where no one will notice the previous damage. Take your time and work slowly to ensure the best results.

Preparing a Stove Top for Repairs to the Ceramic Surface

Remove the stove grates and set them aside. Now is actually a good time to soak them to remove built up grease, oils and cooking spills and splatters.

Fill a small bucket with hot water and add 1 teaspoon of a grease fighting liquid dish washing soap. Do not use detergent that you would use in a dishwasher.

Submerge a sponge into the soapy water and wipe the entire surface of the stove top to remove all grime, oils and debris. Scrub stuck on greasy patches with a nylon scrubbing pad. Do not use scouring powders or steel wool because you will create scratches on the ceramic surface.

Wet a rag with clear water and wipe away the soapy residue. Rinse the rag and wipe the surface again.

Dip a toothbrush into the soapy water and scrub the exposed metal area along with the edges of the chip. Extend the scrubbing about ½ inch past the edge of the chip.

Wipe the area with a clean damp sponge or rag two to three times to remove the soapy residue.

Dry the chipped area thoroughly with a clean rag.

Let any remaining moisture dry for 20 to 30 minutes before continuing.

Matching the Color of the Stove Top to Appliance Paint

Write down the make and model number of the stove.

Contact the stove manufacturer to obtain information on the best matching appliance paint for your particular model. Check the stove manufacturer’s website.

Go to a local appliance repair shop and purchase the correct color. If you do not have a local appliance repair ship – do a google search on the paint brand and color.

Only use appliance paint that is recommended for areas that are exposed to high heat. Using a standard metal paint will cause the paint to bubble and peel off the stove top.

Repairing the Chip on the Ceramic Stove Top

Set a handheld hair dryer on a low heat setting.

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Aim the heat of the hair dryer at the chipped area. The chipped area should be warm to the touch, but no burning hot. You should be able to leave your finger tip on the metal. Do not over heat the exposed metal. If you have to quickly pull your finger away after touching the metal, allow the section to cool before painting. Heating the exposed metal encourages the paint to dry faster and gain better adhesion than painting on cold metal.

Dip an artist’s paintbrush into the appliance paint and brush on a very thin layer of paint over the exposed metal. Begin the brush strokes in the middle of the chip and extend them outward toward the edges of the chip until the metal is covered completely with appliance paint.

Let the paint dry and set for two to four hours.

Warm the newly painted surface again with the heat from a handheld hair dryer.

Brush on a second very thin coat of the appliance paint over the first coat, working from the middle outward.

Let the second coat of paint dry completely.

Continue to warm the surface with a handheld hair dryer, apply very thin coats of appliance paint and allow them coats to dry fully until the height of the paint matches the height of the surrounding ceramic coating.

Painting on very thin coats of appliance paint of the course of several hours will result in a much less noticeable repair than if you put on one very thick layer of paint. A thick layer of paint also may not dry sufficiently and will bubble when your stove top gets hot.

Finishing the Ceramic Chip Repair

Wait 12 to 24 hours after the final coat of appliance paint has been applied before finishing the repair.

Place a piece of 1000-grit sandpaper under running water to wet the sandpaper’s surface.

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Dip your finger in water and rub the water onto the repair area.

Gently rub the edges of the repair chip in small circles applying light pressure to blend the new appliance paint seamlessly with the ceramic stove top.

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