Have you ever had your favorite glass ornament break apart? Or what about a glass dish that gets chipped or cracked? Well, help is at hand as we will help you find the best glue for glass.
It can be annoying having to replace items like these, not to mention very sad if they have sentimental value to you.
Luckily there are types of glue on the market today that are designed specifically for bonding glass back together.
Best glue for a fast fix to glass
If you’re looking for a quick temporary fix for glass items, Krazy Glue is a good choice. Also known by the scientific name “cyanoacrylate”, this glue falls under many brand names, most commonly Krazy Glue or Superglue.
This fast-bonding adhesive has been used for years to repair everything from glass to wood to ceramics, and has even been used in medicine and forensics.
Keep in mind though that Krazy Glue will often not dry clear, and it can be visible even after it dries if not applied properly. It bonds directly to skin and it can be very painful to remove.
Warning: Always follow the safety precautions on the package before use.
If you want a clear glue for decorative glass
For broken glass items that are meant to be decorative or visual in appearance, or anything like crystal dishware, labware or even Christmas ornaments, Loctite Glass Glue will dry clear. It’s specifically formulated for bonding glass, and it will bond glass to metal, as well.
This is excellent for anyone with a traditional stained glass window, because cracked glass can be easily repaired and bonded to its metal framing without being damaged.
Glass glue is also an effective temporary fix for broken windows on vehicles. It should never be used if it will obscure the vision of the driver. Always try to get your window fixed as soon as possible, regardless of whether you’ve used the glue or not.
Loctite glass glue is water and heat resistant and dries invisible.
Warning: Just like with Krazy Glue, it’s important to read any safety warnings on the package before usage.
For Ceramic glues
Ceramic, a material very similar to glass, is also prone to breaking. This is especially common with glass/ceramic bird baths, garden gnomes and lawn ornaments, bird feeders and other items which may be placed outdoors on a regular basis.
Gorilla 2 Part Epoxy is great for items like these because it’s resistant to harsh temperatures and water. It has a variety of uses and it sets quickly. For ceramics, other brands of instant super glues may also work, but make sure when you buy one that ensures water and/or heat resistance if you plan to have the item outside.
Warning: Don’t use this type of glue on ceramics that are used with food. Use a food-safe glue instead.
General tips on glueing glass
- When gluing any type of glass back together, always make sure you have a clean place to work, and that the air is free of dust, pet hair and other debris.
- Wear thin rubber gloves to prevent skin damage. Always make sure that the cracks in the broken glass or metal are aligned when glued. This will ensure that there won’t be any holes or gaps in it.
- Never overdo the glue, and use a cotton swab to carefully wipe away any excess glue after placing the broken pieces together.
- When applying the glue to the cracks or chipped glass, squeeze out small dots from the tip of the bottle along the crack. Then slowly press the pieces together.
- For very small pieces of glass, such as a chip out of a crystal plate, use cosmetic tweezers to place the chip down instead of your own fingers. This way you can prevent accidentally dropping it.
Many of these glues are available in hardware stores under various brand names. It’s a good idea to ask your local hardware store if they have the specific glue you’re looking for. You can also check your favorite websites for different glue products.
Avoid glue guns and liquid school glue. These will not be strong enough or waterproof enough to hold glass together. Avoid wood glue as well.
Wood glue is intended specifically for wood, and will not dry clear on glass. It may foam slightly around the glass, giving it a weird appearance, or it might fall apart.