How to Repair Ceramic Porcelain

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All ceramic pieces, particularly the delicate white ceramic known as porcelain, will break relatively easily when dropped. Fortunately, if you have a broken ceramic or porcelain vase, cup or figurine, you can easily repair the fracture yourself at home. Ceramic and porcelain objects have a tendency to break cleanly, meaning that you can often re-align the broken surfaces and glue them together again. With the appropriate preparation and a bit of patience, you can repair a broken ceramic or porcelain piece in an afternoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Acrylic-based ceramic adhesive cement
  • Masking tape
  • Lay down a sheet of newspaper to protect your working surface from any spilled glue.

  • Sand both broken edges of ceramic or porcelain with fine-grit sandpaper. Sand very lightly, without applying much pressure.

  • Wipe both broken surfaces clean with a cloth. Apply a thin coat of acrylic-based ceramic adhesive cement to one broken edge only.

  • Press the pieces together and hold them in place for two minutes.

  • Tape the glued pieces together with masking tape, and set the object in a position that does not place any stress on the fracture while the glue cures. Allow the glue to cure overnight before moving the ceramic or porcelain object.

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