I have a Thermocast Rochester High Gloss White Cast Acrylic single bowl kitchen sink. Its worthless! It can't stand up to anything. The outer edge is fine, the troubles are in the bowl part, the bottom and sides. I need to resurface it somehow. Any ideas? Will anything bond to this well enough to stay put?
I would seriously suggest just getting rid of it, and replacing it with a new sink. It's easier to install a new sink than you would guess- there are lots of resources available online, in the library, and even at home improvement stores! See, the problem is, you can resurface it, but the underlying problem is just going to reoccur. You can get used sinks, cheap, at a Re-store or other house/building materials recycler.
Even a cheap stainless one is going to serve you better than what you've got! Just do it- I've installed a sink before, and it was a less-than-one-day project- and at the time, my landlord actually let me skip rent that month- he figured a plumber would've charged more than a month's rent, AND it was way easier than I expected. Check out the resources in your area, and make your life easier. Good luck! :o)
I would agree with the other poster to just get rid of the durn thing and go with a new sink. I had a cast iron with porcelain finish type sink for many years. It got very worn and seemed hard to keep clean. I stumbled upon a beautiful brand new stainless sink at a garage sale a few years ago. The seller took it out of her new house because she wanted granite. Anyway, it came with a very nice faucet and sprayer as well....and I got for only $15. I know you probably aren't going to stumble upon that kind of good deal but stainless sinks aren't that expensive and they are very durable and easy to keep clean. You didn't say if if you have help to remove old sink and install the new one. I just think trying to do something with your old sink would be more trouble than it's worth.
Krylon makes a special line of spray paints for plastic surfaces, it would work if the sink were clean.
If you want high gloss and durability at a low price, just get an ordinary porcelain enameled iron sink. Check around at local home centers to see if you can find one on sale or if you can buy a display unit on clearance.
If you must have a custom color, Swanstone or similar material is a good bet. They are not glossy, but stains can be sanded away.
I don't believe you could economically do anything to your present sink to stand up to the harsh treatment a kitchen sink typically gets. Polyurethaning it would do a superficial job, but wouldn't stand up to knives, boiling water, etc. Glossy synthetics have to be babied to keep their shine.
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