18 sizes of metal rims for kitchen and bathroom sinks — hudee ring supplier found!

 

metal ring for 1950s kitchen and bathroom sinks

I am so excited! We have found a supplier for replacement metal “hudee rings” — those metal rims that go around the edge of vintage kitchen and bathroom sinks. Vance Industries offers these stainless steel sink rims in at least 18 sizes — 17 rectangles, one round, and they say to “contact us for oblong sizes.”  Finding replacement hudee rings has been a longstanding want and need of Retro Renovators.
ad for metal ring around vintage bathroom sink

Back a ways, I posted this advertisement (above) from the original hudee ring company — Hudee Manufacturing — that pointed out that there were some 1,062 hudee ring sizes at one one point in time. 1,062! Now, at least, we have a source for 18 of them.

In fact, the manufacturer of this metal sink rims, Vance Industries, says on its website that it has been in business for nearly 60 years — making it mid century authentic — and moreover, that its “…Vance patented Undermounter [is] the original seamless stainless steel sink frames (mounting rims).” I will have to give Vance a call and get the 411 on all this history and who-was-who-doing-what.

How did I make this hudeerrific discovery? Roundabout through reader Jon. Thank you, Jon!

Where to get these sink rims: 18+ sizes of metal rims for your kitchen or bathroom sink from Vance Industries.  Be sure to see their mounting clip section, too.

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Comments

  1. Britt R. says

    Has anyone had luck in replacing the hudee ring without damaging the countertop (as opposed to replacing the countertop)? I’d like to keep both the pink Crane drop-in sink and original formica countertop in my bathroom in good shape, and only replace the ring, which has gotten dulled and a little corroded.

  2. Nancy Zimerman says

    I have a sink that needs the hudee ring replaced [not sure how old the sink is – I thought no more than 15 years old]. but the ring is rusted. I found this site as the pictures look just like mine – except the ladies looks nicer though!

    I have read through your site and unable to figure out where to puchase a replacement ring. Thanks for your reply in advance.

      • Nancy Zimmerman says

        Thank you Pam, I missed that link for sure. My size is not in that listing, whether I measure from the actual outside or the inside.

        Thank you.

  3. Scott says

    Okay, I’m late to the Hudee Ring party, but now that I’m rapidly closing in replacing my kitchen countertop this is suddenly important… and very exciting that these are still being made.

    I have a potentially quite dopey question… is there a trick, besides being the same size, to picking a sink that is compatible with the trim rings? Anything special I should be looking for?

  4. Lori says

    I purchased a “hudee ring” from Vance industries for my cast iron sink. Problem is it did not work with my cast iron sink. I was told by customer service that it does work for cast iron sinks, but I assure you the part of the ring that goes between sink and countertop was too short to allow the tabs to be pushed under the sink. I am distraught because I have refinished my sink, cut the hole for the sink in my new countertop, and want my kitchen sink back!!! I was told thisos the only type they manufacture and I can send it back and thanks for my business. :( no resolution to the problem of I can’t install my sink!!! Please help! Anyone know of any other companies making/selling Hudee rings?

    • pam kueber says

      Hi Lori, I contacted the president of the company on your behalf. He says that as long as your sink was designed to be installed with a sink frame (hudee ring) their product does work. But — it sounds like your installer needs additional instruction. The president company asked me to give you his email so that your issue can be resolved. I will do so via an email directly to you.

  5. Irish says

    I -like every other male dummy-put something hot on a formica countertop causing it to bubble up. Years ago I saw a wood cutting board with a hudee ring ( about 6’x8″ or 8″x!0″ ) embedded in a countertop and I think it would be perfect for this repair. Now ,however, when I ask I have found no one who knows what a hudee ring is. Can anyone help?

  6. Jill says

    Do I really NEED a stainless ring under my sink? My husband and I “rescued” a beautiful vintage Kohler sink from a re/up-cycle outfit and we opted not to purchase a ring from the pile of dented, warped, rusty, scratched rings. Counter tops went in today, and the sink seems to sit level…Do I really need one? What is the actual purpose?

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