I don't know if it's acrylic or porcelain or ? You can see it's painted over, chipped, and down to the metal base. It's actually on the corner. The only thing I've found is a self-leveling liquid for horizontal flat chips, which won't work here. Can it be repaired, how can it be repaired, or am I better off buying a new tub?

chipped bathtub

Thanks for your help!

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    Looks like porcelain on cast iron.
    – isherwood
    Aug 5, 2020 at 19:58
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    Yep, looks like porcelain. There is no way to fix it and have it look like new. You can get "touch-up" paint for porcelain tubs. It will not look good, but will keep your tub from corroding and leaking for a lot longer.
    – JRaef
    Aug 5, 2020 at 20:04
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    Seems like an answer, @JRaef. When you post it as a comment you dissuade others from sharing the same information as an answer, short-circuiting the SE flow.
    – isherwood
    Aug 5, 2020 at 21:13

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I have seen many diy fails even with products pros use to make beautiful repairs.

I would suggest a bathtub chip and repair company. They can repair the chip and buff out the tub so it is invisible.

There are porcelain repair products out there that can be done on the side wall but these require additional tools a dual action sander is one of those tools I prefer the 2 part kits and if you can get under the tub and find the color Code you can order the right pigment This is where the pros shine they have a color chart mix and adjust the color apply with a putty knife cure with UV light then buff it out , the home kits take much more time and since we don’t do it often it usually is obvious where the repair is.

It can be done if not an epoxy 2 part it will take multiple coats and still have to sand the advantage to that method is you can tell on the first coat if the product matches and make adjustments but that method usually leaves a shadow

So it can be done but more looking online and don’t think 10$ kit will do it look in the 30-50$ range for a kit that will do they job Match color and last.

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