Everything you need to know
Everything you need to know
Glass is a material unlike any other: versatile, beautiful, and strong enough to last generations. But, even with great care, cracks or breaks are almost inevitable. Here’s how to choose the best glass glue to repair even the trickiest crack.
Repairing broken glass can be a challenge. Dealing with smooth surfaces and sharp edges can be frustrating. Gluing that damaged rear-view mirror or cracked wineglass back together can be tougher than it first seems. Repairing delicate valuables or treasured ornaments can lead to further damage and disappointment if you don’t have the right tools.
Most common adhesives you’ll find around the house or in your workshop aren’t meant for working with glass. For bonding most glass surfaces, you’ll need a specialized glass glue. These glues are specifically designed to bond with glass’ unique properties including clarity and can be used to fix broken dishware, antiques, mirrors, appliances, and countless other things.
Glass glue also does not expand or contract, breaking the glass it has bonded with, as a regular glue would.
There are many glue products on the market, offering a variety of components and uses. Choosing the right glass glue for the job from the start is the best way to avoid headaches, and it can keep your glass valuables looking brand new.
While standard household super glues can work well for bonding wood, metal, or other common surfaces, using them for repairing glass isn’t always recommended. These glues can work as temporary fixes, but they often have low resistance to moisture and ultraviolet light. When used on glass, they can come apart with cleaning or general use. For glass-based repairs, look for specialized glass glues.
A good glass glue bonds quickly without the need for clamping or any additional tools, and it dries with a crystal-clear, colorless seal. It should also be water resistant and dishwasher safe for worry-free household use. Note however, not every glass glue is food safe. Make sure to check if your product is made for gluing glass to glass, or also glass to non-porous materials like metals and some plastics – depending on your project.
Repairing glass can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. A few simple precautionary steps can make the difference. These preparations can also prevent further damage. The best way to achieve lasting results is to plan ahead.
Simple household repairs are easy if you know what you’re doing. Take it step by step and use a reliable adhesive.
Read your product’s instructions for any specifics on drying times or application amounts. It’s best if you do it before you start to avoid unwanted surprises.
Heat and moisture can weaken a bond that’s still settling. Wait at least one week before running glued objects in a dishwasher.