How to Repair a Crack in Ceramic

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Don't let a simple crack destine your ceramic pieces to the trash. All you need to perform a professional-quality repair is the right kind of glue and some patience. With epoxy glue and a little care, you can make a repair so invisible no one will even know it's been cracked in the first place.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Clear-drying epoxy
  • Paper plate
  • Toothpick
  • Clay (optional)
  • Razor blade
  • Enamel paint
  • Clean the ceramic with soap and water. Allow it to dry completely. Ceramic is porous, so let it dry for at least half an hour after the surface moisture appears gone.

  • Mix the two parts of the epoxy together on a paper plate or scrap piece of cardboard.

  • Apply the mixed epoxy to both sides of the broken section with a toothpick in a thin, even layer. Let the sides dry separately until tacky, about two minutes.

  • Press the broken section together, gently applying pressure. If using a fast-drying epoxy, simply hold the pieces until the glue sets. If using a longer-drying epoxy, use fresh clay or modeling dough to support the broken sections.

  • Let the glue cure for 24 hours.

  • Scrape away any excess glue with a razor blade, being careful not to damage the ceramic underneath.

  • Fill in any gaps with an enamel paint that matches the color of your ceramic. If your ceramic is unglazed, use matte-finished paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your ceramic is in many pieces, make sure you know how they fit together before applying any glue
  • For extra durability, look for a waterproof marine epoxy, available at boating and hardware stores.
  • Take care when handling epoxy glue. Work in a well-ventilated area, and wear gloves if a lot of epoxy will be needed.

References

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