REPAIRING A SMASHED ANTIQUE WASH-HAND BASIN

Posted on July 21, 2011 by

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We often get calls from clients asking us if it is possible to repair cracked sinks or even broken sinks. We can fix all of these problems with a sink. Our technicians are highly skilled and the best in the repair & re enamelling business as far as we are concerned. We had never had a basin that had been completely smashed however.

I got a call in the office from a chap called Colin Slater. He had bought a beautiful basin and was very excited about getting it home. He was busy renovating his property with his partner (an architect called Singa Govedi) and this wash- hand basin was part of the renovations. He worked long hours as a Deputy Head Teacher in a London school so as you can imagine it was hard enough to fit everything in and work on the property at the same time.

The Clayton Sink was perfect for their project and completely in keeping with the style of bathroom they wanted. As well as being a lovely sink it also had a gorgeous cast iron frame that it sat in. It was a lovely antique basin. It was being delivered from Yorkshire. The van pulled up and to Colin’s horror he watched in slow motion as the package was DROPPED out of the back of the van. The results were not surprisingly devastating. The basin was completely smashed  to pieces. Colin was very upset as this was an important part of their restoration work.

By the time Colin had called us he had already spent around 60 man hours putting the  wash-hand basin back together. His partner had then spent around about 240 man hours filling and sanding the basin. It was a very labour intensive undertaking but they loved the sink so they wanted to have it saved from the rubbish dump. After all it was an antique and had survived so far.

Colin and his partner had done a great job thus far but they now needed to have the basin re enamelled professionally by a reputable expert restoration company. They wanted to keep the logo. Also they wanted the original  colour to be maintained. This meant we would need to do some special restoration work to retain the logo and make the colour of the basin to get a perfect match.

They were delighted with the result on the sink and the fact we’d retained the logo whilst resurfacing the rest of the sink. What do you think?

As you can see in the above photo the basin is fully restored and has the logo retained. Apparently the basin causes gasps of amazement from Colin & Singa’s guests.

For more information on our re enamelling and restoration works please contact us on 07967333030.

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