Learning how to repair porcelain surfaces is a great skill and will save you a lot of money. Learn how to repair the chips, cracks, and breaks that would otherwise spell the end for your dishes, cups or figurines.
How to repair broken porcelain: Learn which adhesive to use
Choosing the right adhesive is the first step to fixing broken or chipped porcelain correctly. Is your porcelain object chipped? If so, you will need a gap-filling adhesive or touch-up glaze. If the broken porcelain object needs to withstand the heat from a dishwasher, microwave, or hot liquids and food, then the adhesive must be safe for these applications.
Broken porcelain pieces will usually require a clear fast-drying adhesive, especially if the object has an odd shape and clamping the pieces in place will be difficult. You’ll want a glue that sets quickly and forms a long-lasting bond.
How to fix broken porcelain: It’s easier than you think
Repairing objects is not difficult if you prepare properly. Our guide on how to fix broken porcelain is all you’ll need.
First, choose the proper porcelain glue for the repair and get some paper towels.
Work safely. Always wear gloves, protective eyewear, and protective clothing.
Accidents happen! If some glue ends up where it shouldn't (especially on skin), follow these steps to remove it. To remove glue from fingers or skin, soak the area in warm soapy water and gently pry skin apart with a dull object like a spoon. Remove glue from fabric by soaking in warm soapy water to dissolve the glue.
Preparation. Make sure all pieces are free from contaminants. Pre-fit everything before applying adhesive.
Apply glue. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Try LePage Super Glue Gel Control for repairing broken porcelain. It sets fast and forms a super-strong bond. The gel formula works on a variety of porous and non-porous surfaces. It also dries clear and sets without clamping.
Hold until bonded. Keep the pieces together while the glue dries. Masking tape may help.
Clean up. A utility knife is great for removing excess glue once it has dried. Be sure to also wash your hands.
How to fix chipped porcelain: Getting it right
Fixing a chipped surface is slightly different than joining two broken pieces. Follow these steps:
Gather your supplies. You’ll need a gap-filling adhesive or touch-up glaze to fill the porcelain surface, sandpaper or a sanding block, and soap and water.
Clean all chipped surfaces. Ensure the surfaces are free from moisture and debris before applying glue.
Apply the product. Mix your glaze or filler according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill in the chipped areas and cracks. Avoid leaving sunken areas.
For great results, use LePage Speed Set Professional Epoxy Glue, a two-part adhesive that will produce a tough, rigid, high-strength bond in five minutes. It can be used as an adhesive for a wide range of materials or as a versatile filler for gap bonding and surface repairs. This quality glue does not shrink and is resistant to water and most common solvents. It can be tinted for colour matching.
Sand after fully dry. After the product has cured, you can sand it down so it conforms to the shape and contours of your object. When using a porcelain filler, allow it to fully dry before applying glaze.
Clean up. Wash your hands and clean up your work area. Remove excess glue by wiping it with a clean cloth when the glue is still soft. You may need to scrape dried glue with a razor blade. Sometimes acetone can be used to clean up excess glue but always test a small area to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface.