Accidents happen. We get it.
Kids, pets, overzealous vacuuming.
All of these can end up causing minor accidents around the home.
Whether you chalk it up to Murphy’s Law or good old fashioned fate, it feels like anything made of glass will mysteriously end up in the firing line more often than not.
We know that vases, glassware and ornaments can all hold sentimental value, so it can be a tough call to throw them out. Don’t despair, all is not lost!
By using a specially designed glass glue and a lot of care, you can repair broken glass around your home. We’re going to run through everything you need to consider for a DIY glass repair job, including choosing the right glue for the job, preparing the surfaces and how to finish the job off like professional.
Before we get started, it’s important to point out that some glass repair jobs absolutely must be left for experienced professionals. Your home’s windows, shower screens or oven doors require specialist skills and equipment. Remember, in case of serious damage or an emergency situation, save our 24 hour quick response line into your mobile phone – (02) 49 68 1450.
Can it be fixed?
Before you get started, you need to be realistic about your chances of returning the item to it’s former glory. If possible, carefully collect all of the pieces and lay them out on a clean, dry surface. Once you have determined whether or not it can be fixed, always thoroughly vacuum over the area where the damage occurred, as tiny glass fragments may still be present.
What glass glue should I use?
Choosing the right glue for the job will help get the best results.
- Using a UV activated glass glue is a safe and effective option for small jobs where the two pieces need to fit seamlessly together to form a strong bond
- Try to avoid using cyanoacrylate glue (more commonly known as “Super Glue”) where possible as it can become more brittle and prone to stresses
- Modified Silanes (MS) are also an effective choice for glass repair – they are usually quick drying, resistant to UV exposure over time and form a high strength glass-to-glass bonds
Prepare the glass surfaces
- Carefully wash the glass in soapy water and dry with a clean tea towel
- Grime, oils, and dirt will affect the glue’s ability to form a strong bond, so make sure you are thorough
Apply the glass glue
- The glue should come in an easy applicator tube, however you may also require a matchstick or hairpin to help apply the glue
- Apply to only one of the sides to be joined. Use a thin, even layer along the entire edge
Reunite the pieces back together!
- Press firmly together and ensure your alignment is perfect
- Check the label on the glue for an estimated drying time. Remember, if you are using a UV curing glass glue, you will need direct sunlight to allow the necessary chemical reaction to occur
Allow to set, then clean up any excess glue
- Good quality glass glues are designed to dry transparent, however you may have excess run off during the bonding process
- Use a stanley knife blade to carefully and gently scrape any excess glue from the inside and outside of the object once the bonding process is complete
Minor glass glue repair jobs still require the right materials, a steady hand and little bit of patience, so don’t rush in, slap it back together and expect outstanding results!
By following our glass glue repair guide, you can give yourself the best chance of saving your special treasures and giving them a new, long, lasting lease on life.