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I've just discovered a few of the brand new ceramic wall tiles in my bathroom have a faint scratch. It's certainly not deep or wide as I can just barely feel it tug if I pull my fingernails across it perpendicular to its direction. Its color is, however, light gray and hence a bit too visible against the off-white tile for my liking.

Taking the tile out is sadly out of the question, as it was professionally installed just a few months ago (long story short: I'm now quite certain the tiles were scratched upon installation, but I guess I don't deserve any better when not noticing upon job completion inspection) and my removing it would probably disturb the wet-zone membrane behind it.

So, are there any tips for what I can do to repair it? So far I've tried rubbing it with polishing leather, and I've tried to locate an enamel repair paint, but I can't find a color close enough to the shade in question.

Edit: I say the tile is in a location that's wet-zone rated. While this means I don't want to disturb the membrane, the tile is in fact rather far from any actual source of water, and any fix doesn't have to handle anything beyond the occasional light cleaning.

Here's a horrible mobile phone picture that probably doesn't help at all:

Here's a horrible mobile phone picture that probably doesn't help at all

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This looks more like a cracked tile than a scratch (but it is difficult to say from the picture). Was there work done after the tiling that may have put stress on the wall? I must admit that it is unusal to see this on a wall tile. Replacing it is not rocket science and the preferred method (there is really no other way to fix this).

  • No work was done on that wall. It's a brick wall and probably isn't moving much naturally. I think I'll have the guy who did the work come in and have a look to rule out or confirm cracking. Thanks. – gspr Feb 16 '12 at 8:59
  • Or simply ignore it... – keshlam Mar 24 '16 at 12:15
  • @keshlam You aren't married, are you. – Rob Mar 24 '16 at 12:41
  • No, just dating the same lady for a quarter century. Point granted. – keshlam Mar 24 '16 at 14:48

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