We've all been there: a chip in your favorite drinking glass just ruins the whole thing. I know! It's heartbreaking, but don't worry. There are ways to fix it and make it look like new again. Here are four easy steps to repairing your chipped drinking glasses:
Start by cleaning the glass thoroughly.
First, you'll want to clean the glass thoroughly. It's important that it is completely dry so your repair will stick properly. To do this, use a microfiber cloth or paper towel and rub it across the surface of your chipped drinking glass in circular motions. Then, wash the glass with warm soapy water and rinse with warm water before drying with a soft cloth.
Sand down the edges of the chip.
- A sanding block is a perfect tool for this, but if you don't have one, use some sandpaper and a hard surface (like a table or countertop) to get the job done.
- Sand in the direction of the grain of your glass—most drinking glasses are made from tempered glass, which means its surface has been hardened so it can withstand heat without shattering. By sanding with this grain, you're less likely to scratch or damage your glass.
- Remove all sharp edges caused by chips with gentle pressure on your fingers or with an emery board.
- Don't overdo it! It's better to go too easy than too hard when removing sharp edges so you don't end up scratching up and damaging other parts of your drinking glass beyond repair
Fill in the chipped area with clear glue and let it dry.
The first step in fixing a chipped drinking glass is to fill in all of the gaps with a clear glue, like super glue (that's right—super glue is actually the best choice). The second step is to let this dry. If you want to be extra careful and make sure there are no air bubbles under your new patch, you can apply some more glue around the edges and use an old toothbrush or something similar to push out any excess.
Now that you're done with one side, flip over your glass and repeat on this side as well. Make sure each layer of glue dries before applying another layer or else it won't bond properly! If all goes well and nothing gets stuck together by accident (which happens sometimes), after about an hour or so of letting everything sit still without moving anything at all except maybe some air bubbles escaping here and there when they feel like it (again: watch out for those), then congratulations! You've successfully patched up your broken drinking glass using nothing but common household items found around any kitchen cabinet!
Sand down any excess glue.
The next step is to sand down any excess glue that has been left behind. This should be done with a fine sandpaper and a circular motion, being careful not to scratch the glass. The last step is to use a micro mesh to buff the sanded areas, which will give your drinking glass a nice shine and make it look like new again!
Using a micro mesh, gently buff the sanded areas so they are smooth again.
You can also use a micro mesh to buff the glass. You'll be using the same circular motion you did with the sandpaper, but this time the sanded areas will have been smoothed out by the paper. Using your fingertips and a light touch, apply pressure to each area of your glass until it is smooth again.
Once finished, rinse off any remaining dust or debris from your glass with water as best you can before drying it off with a clean cloth.
With a few simple steps you can easily repair a cracked glass.
- Be careful not to overheat the glass. Glass can be easily melted by a hot glue gun, so only use a low-temperature glue gun when applying the patch.
- Don't use a hot glue gun. Hot glues tend to be less forgiving than other types of adhesives and will often leave behind ugly residue or melt into your hand if it's too warm outside.
- Don't use a glue that dries clear. You want something that blends in with your drinking glass as much as possible so it doesn't stand out as much once you're done repairing it!
- Don't use a glue that melts the glass or leaves behind residue after drying (which could cause cracks down the line).
We hope this article has helped you to repair your favorite glass. It’s a simple process that can save you money and make any glass look like new again!