Fix a Crack in a Glass Table
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Glass has become more common in modern furniture. Glass can actually add beauty and class to furniture, but the problem is it is easily exposed to damages like cracking. If you love these fragile materials in your home or office, you should know how to fix small damages so you won't spend a lot of money having them repaired. Fixing small cracks on glass will prevent bigger damage to your glass furniture with some of these easy fixes.
- 1 Easy Fix For A Cracked Glass Table
- 2 If you prefer to visit a glass-cutting store, take note of the following:
- 3 Epoxy Kleer Koat
- 4 Silicon Dioxide SiO2 Liquid Glass Coating
- 5 Table Top Epoxy Resin
- 6 Tips
7 Questions and Answers
- 7.1 Can I repair a cracked glass Blender Pitcher?
- 7.2 HI, I have some clocks made with agate stone?
- 7.3 I have a piece of glass with necessary holes in it and a crack running between the two holes.
- 7.4 Can a 3 inch 1/4-inch long broken glass table corner, be replaced?
- 7.5 My dad made agate tables when I was young. I believe the agate was set in resin epoxy - not sure. One of the tables has recently surfaced in the family. At one time, it was in cold storage and was dropped in the move. The epoxy (?) shattered. Can the table be fixed? I have a picture. But, don't know how to attach it.
- 7.6 A large window glass has a long crack. Is it repairable or do I need to replace the whole glass?
- 7.7 I don't know where to buy a kit.
- 7.8 Entire outside tabletop is cracked. I can't afford a new one. What is the best way to fix it? Summer is here, and I have no table.
- 7.9 Would this same method work on perspex?
- 7.10 I am just perusing the website, is there a fee associated with my question?
- 7.11 Just dropped an ornament onto the edge of a tempered glass tabletop. A splinter has sheared off leaving about 5cm of slightly roughened edge. Without looking at it, is this something that could possibly be "polished" out?
- 7.12 My Car has a crack on the front Mirror. How can I fix it?
- 7.13 In my office, walls and doors are constructed with glass. A few months back, I observed cracks on the glass walls. Can you give me a solution to fix them?
- 7.14 Fix iPad mini, how do we do this?
- 7.15 Can we use the SiO2 liquid as a coating for cracked mobile phone screen?
- 7.16 Can I use resin to fill in a chip in a crystal goblet/wine glass?
- 7.17 Can one fill in a crack on the inside of a double paned window?
- 8 Comments
Easy Fix For A Cracked Glass Table
- 1To begin, you need to buy a specific resin for glass called "epoxy". Thoroughly clean your glass table to remove any dust, crumbs, and dirt. To do this, use a lint-free cloth with the cleaning product. Let it dry for a few minutes. If the table is slightly damp, the epoxy won't stick.Advertisement
- 2This resin comes in two different forms. One is in powder form that needs to be mixed, and the other is in a cartridge used with a caulking gun. The one in the cartridge is much easier to use.Advertisement
- 3Using the gun, fill the crack with resin letting it penetrate to the bottom. Make sure the resin doesn't get too bulky. Let dry for 24 to 48 hours. Drying time varies on the product so make sure to read manufacturer's instruction. If you see some excess resin, remove it with the specified scraper. It will allow you to remove the excess resin without scratching the glass
- Terrycloth towel
- Glass cleaner
- Bridge (in glass repair kit)
- 1Access the Damage. Sometimes we might tell ourselves it's easier to just replace the glass, rather than fix it. If the glass table is badly cracked, it's better to ask a professional. If the crack isn't too severe, you might want to tackle it yourself.
- 2What You Can Fix Yourself. Usually, you can repair a crack that is smaller than your palm. But if the crack has reached beyond that size, you need to purchase a new glass table.
- 3Buy A Glass Repair Kit. Except when you are dealing with a table made from a specialized non-flat surface or blown glass. One repair kit you can try is the Windshield Pro Glass Repair Kit, which will cost you less than five dollars. Always follow the instructions when you use the kit. Best to read them all the way through before beginning.
- 4Re-access the Damage. If there are several cracks, make sure you have adequate bridges and resin for every crack before you start the repair.
- 5Squirt the cleaner on the glass and carefully clean both sides of the glass. Take care. You can be easily wounded or hurt on the thin edges of the glass. Let the glass dry before you begin the repairs. Use a paper towel to wipe the cleaner and dirt off the glass.
- 6Follow Directions. Follow the manufacturer's directions as accurately as you can. Make sure the bridges are positioned on the cracked glass appropriately, and the resin and vinyl must be in correct amounts. Begin at the center of the crack then spread to the rest. The bridge appears like a suction cup clinging to a metal bar with a screw on it to tighten the bridge into its place. Apply the proper amount of pressure on the crack particularly on the type of filler you are using.
- 7Remove Excess. As the time varies, read the directions to determine how long you need to wait before you remove excess materials from the glass after you complete the repair. Remove excess vinyl or resin on the glass using a razor blade or glass scraper, based on the directions in the kit you are using. It is not that difficult to remove, so you must not put too much pressure on it.
- 8Clean The Glass Again. With a glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth.
If you prefer to visit a glass-cutting store, take note of the following:
- Before you order a new glass tabletop, distinguish its features. The glazier needs the dimensions in inches right below to 1/8 of an inch, thickness, and shape (square, rectangle or oval). Mention to him the color you want the glass: it may be gray, bronze or sandblasted, frosted or clear. Your preferences for edges include: a slightly circular pencil edge, a flat polish edge or a beveled edge. Glaziers may round them edges, clip glass corners or create 90-degree angles with eased points rather than sharp. For tabletops, tempered glass is the safest. It seldom cracks and when it breaks it shatters into several small chunks.
- Razor blade
- Safety goggles
- Mild dish detergent
- Denatured alcohol
- Hose and water
- Soft cloths
- Measuring Cup
- Liquid resin adhesive
- Adhesive syringe
- 1Check the cracked area of the glass by observing it without touching to prevent being cut by the broken glass. Wear your safety goggles to avoid glass shards flying into the eyes.Advertisement
- 2Eradicate loose glass shards from the crack. Put the razor blade corner into the crack, and then carefully pick at the loose pieces. Blow them to get them out of the cracks.
- 3Mix a few drops of denatured alcohol, a few drops of liquid detergent, and 2 cups of water in the bucket. Mix using your hands until it is sudsy. Soak a soft cloth in the mixture.
- 4Wipe the glass table with the solution and let it dry thoroughly using a dry cloth.
- 5Fill the syringe with liquid resin. Squirt a small quantity of resin at the center of the crack. It's okay to let overflow.
- 6Let the resin dry and cure for few hours. Scrape away the excess resin from the surface using the edge of a razor blade.
- Electric buffer with polishing pad
- Warm water
- Jewelers Rouge
- Household ammonia
- Spray bottle
- Rubber gloves
- Paper towel or lint-free cloth
- Dust mask
- Safety goggles
- 1Put a small amount of Jewelers Rouge (cerium oxide), to the polishing pad. Lamb's wool is the most effective a best polishing pad.
- 2Wear your goggles and a dust mask and use an electric buffer at medium speed (2000-2500 RPM) to buff the scratch using a polishing pad. Make use of a constant speed for best results. Be careful to not exert much pressure on the glass while buffing because the scratch may have weakened the glass, and it's vulnerable to completely break with too much pressure. If the scratch is in an awkward spot or is too small, you may try to do the buffing by hand using the polishing pad.
- 3Clean the glass surface. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of warm water and ½ ounce of ammonia. Wear your mask, rubber gloves, and goggles when using ammonia. Household ammonia is a hazardous chemical, you must use be careful when using it. DO NOT mix ammonia with any other chemicals or household cleaners - especially bleach.
- 4Spray the area you've already buffed, with the water/ammonia solution, and wipe with paper towel or lint-free cloth.
- 5If the scratch is still noticeable, repeat steps 1 to 4. After the third attempt, if the scratch is still noticeable, you need to take it to the professionals.
Epoxy Kleer Koat
Epoxy Kleer coat can be used for counter tops, tabletops, and has artistic applications.
It is widely used by several commercial restaurant chains, and contractors. The epoxy is 100 percent solid; a clear polymer coating that is combined at a 1 to 1 ratio by volume. Every kit has a bottle of hardener and a bottle of resin. The product cures to a high build, clear, glass-like finish that resists yellowing, scratching, and will not distort with age. If an item is coated with this epoxy, the item will be permanently protected and preserved. The product does not become moist, even under humid conditions.
Primary Use: The product is usually seen on tabletops and bar tops in restaurants and bars.
Application: The product must be applied in two stages. The first is defined as a seal coat. The seal coat is applied in a thin layer, and its purpose is to seal any pores on the surface and avoid air bubbles to form in the next step. The second stage is a flood coat; this will flow and self-level. Squeegees or brushes can be used to spread the epoxy. Flood coats are applied in layers 1/8", as many as you want. One to three coats is the average for most bar and table coatings.
Recoating Between Layers: Re-coating is usually done within four to 8 hours of the previous coat. If re-coating is done within this period, there is no need for sanding in between layers. If the prior layer has completely dried, a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper is preferable to attain good bonding surface. After sanding, you should wipe it with a solvent such as acetone or denatured alcohol to eradicate any impurities on the surface. Don't use mineral spirits.
Storage Conditions: Liquids must be stored in a dry, cool, dark place. The product will last for a minimum of 6 months, and much longer if stored correctly. You need to do a test if you aren't sure if it's still good.
Silicon Dioxide SiO2 Liquid Glass Coating
- 1It is a Nano Technology that forms a breathable, flexible glass coating and it's estimated to be 100 nanometers 15 to 30 molecules glass coating. It is 500 times thinner than the human hair. It is a special coating technically known as SiO2 ultra-thin layering, but better known as spray-on liquid glass coating.
- 2It is non-toxic, and promises to shield any surface against almost any kind of damage from risks like UV radiation, water, heat, bacterial infections, and dirt. The coating is breathable and flexible that makes it ideal for use on an array of products.
- 3The liquid glass coating spray, (SiO2 ultra-thin layering), contains almost pure silicon dioxide and silica which is what glass is made of. It can be extracted from quartz sand. Ethanol or water is added depending on the kind of surface to be coated. It does not contain additives and the glass coating sticks to the surface due to nanotechnology.
- 4According to manufacturers, the glass coating has a long-lasting antibacterial effect since the microbes that land on the surface cannot replicate or divide easily.
Table Top Epoxy Resin
The product has a 1:1 volume concentration: liquid, amines, N.O.S., corrosive product and is created for tabletops in very high traffic locations like restaurants and nightclubs. The product is 25 percent tougher than the regular grade. Tabletop epoxy resin contains the non-yellowing agent and creates an attractive, hard, tough, durable finish that is alcohol, water, scratch resistant and so - great for tables.
- If you accidentally touch any resin, wash your hands immediately.
- Repair the cracks while they are small before they get any larger.
- It's important to be careful when you do a repair Use a thick cleaning cloth and gloves to protect yourself from being cut on the sharp edges. Let the glass become completely dry after cleaning and before proceeding to the next step.
- The home do-it-yourself method is for glass that has minor scuffs and scratches. Bigger scratches require experience, so leave it to the pros.
- Buffing a deeper scratch may heat the specifically tempered glass and must be gradually cooled to avoid shattering. These kinds of scratches must be left to the professionals.
- Jeweler's Rouge may be found at arts and crafts shops, jewelry stores, and online.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners as a polishing agent, because it will put more scratches on the glass.
- As an alternative to Jeweler's Rouge, you can use whitening toothpaste. Do not use gel but only the white paste.
- Some kinds of glass may end up with a dull shine where you have tried to buff a scratch away. When this occurs, it cannot be fixed by wiping with a water/ammonia solution. Try a coat of clear nail polish.
- To reduce the chance of cracking the glass during the buffing process, after you've removed the glass from the table frame, put it on a flat, solid surface.
Questions and Answers
Can I repair a cracked glass Blender Pitcher?
I have a glass blender pitcher that has a long crack but still holds together well enough to use it. Can I use your solution for broken table glass to repair it or do you suggest something else? The crack is 6" long in the shape of a curved capital letter L, starting at the top of the pitcher. Thank you!
It is probably safest for you to replace the cracked glass blender pitcher rather than try to repair it. This is because a blender is a vibrating object that may not withstand a patch job with glue and cement. There is a danger of the pitcher shattering and putting you at risk from getting cut by spraying glass.
Furthermore, non-toxic super glues are often slightly water-soluble and there is a risk that when the blender is full of fluids that your repair job will not hold. Plastic cement would repair this type of crack but unfortunately, they are very toxic and chemicals could leak into the food you are preparing in the blender.
To conclude, it is better to be safe than sorry, unless you want to repair that blender pitcher and use it for another purpose that has nothing to do with food preparation.
HI, I have some clocks made with agate stone?
Some of the stones have natural inclusions, and a few have some hairline fractures running through them. Is there a company I can send them to that can fill the hairline cracks with some high pressure clear product? Thank you.
You can repair this at home:
- 1Scrape the backside of the rock base to collect some scrapings.
- 2Mix these scrapings with clear Epoxy. Epoxy 330 is the most used for this type of repair.
- 3Using a syringe, carefully apply the glue to the cracks but not onto the face of the stone.
- 4A KREG jig would then be used to firmly apply pressure to the stone for the epoxy to harden.
- 5Do not remove the jig for at least 24 hours for maximum hold.
If you do not want to repair this yourself, contact a local jeweler. Many repair small stone products or know of someone who does.
I have a piece of glass with necessary holes in it and a crack running between the two holes.
The glass fracture is going to be fixed with epoxy resign. I need to figure out a way to mold the epoxy to only form in the crack and not effect the edges of the already existing holes. I was wondering what I could use to hold the epoxy in place without it sticking to the extra frame I make. Also - what material should this frame be made of if I don't want the epoxy to adhere to it completely?
My husband regularly works with fiberglass for boat repair. What he uses is a melamine board, such as a baseboard from Home Depot or Lowes. He then puts three coats of automotive wax on the board. The epoxy does not stick, and the melamine makes a strong enough frame to apply pressure while the epoxy is setting. See more questions like this: I'm trying to fix a chipped corner on a glass table
Can a 3 inch 1/4-inch long broken glass table corner, be replaced?
I'd like to know if a 3 inch 1/4 inch long broken glass table corner can be replaced.
As long as you were able to secure something like a KREG jig to hold the corner in place while the epoxy sets. Because this is a corner, more damage can occur after repair. Once thing you could do is purchase a diamond drill bit. Then using decorative door or cabinetry brackets, secure all corners. This way you know the cracked corner will be supported and you will add a bit of interest to the glass table top.
My dad made agate tables when I was young. I believe the agate was set in resin epoxy - not sure. One of the tables has recently surfaced in the family. At one time, it was in cold storage and was dropped in the move. The epoxy (?) shattered. Can the table be fixed? I have a picture. But, don't know how to attach it.
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For something like that, you should take it to someone who specializes in stone repair. Depending on how big the pieces are, the repair would not be difficult but any small pieces would need to be repaired carefully. Almost like building a puzzle, the best approach is to piece together the table and then do small sections at a time.
A large window glass has a long crack. Is it repairable or do I need to replace the whole glass?
Glass size is 150cm X 120cm, the crack occupies almost the whole diagonal.
You should just get a new window pane. If the glass is double paned then you have lost most of your energy efficiency. Because the crack covers almost the entire window, you risk damage from any weather event. I had a small diagonal crack in one of our windows. One evening I shut the window and it shattered everywhere. The repair had failed from several years of sun damage.
I don't know where to buy a kit.
I bought a mirror dining table and it is cracked on the side.
There is a US national franchise company called Glass Repair. They specialize in repairing all types of mirrors from automotive to shower enclosures within the home. You also can purchase an automotive mirror repair kit online or at your automotive store. Depending on how large the crack was, these kits are designed for you to cut out what you need and apply. Then seal with epoxy.
Entire outside tabletop is cracked. I can't afford a new one. What is the best way to fix it? Summer is here, and I have no table.
It is an 81x 41 glass deck table. Where can I go to get it fixed.
You could repair the crack with epoxy however it does not come cheap. My friend took out her glass tabletop after it cracked several times. All she did was use the same base and frame but cut pressure treated wood to fit in the frame out of fence boards. She got them for roughly . Then she sealed them with an outdoor stain. Five years later, it still looks beautiful.
Would this same method work on perspex?
Would this same method work on perspex?
A product such as Cal-Flor Acrylic Putty would be your best way to repair perspex.
I am just perusing the website, is there a fee associated with my question?
Is there a fee for your assistance with my question?
There are no fees on VisiHow.com. It is a free website for information.
Just dropped an ornament onto the edge of a tempered glass tabletop. A splinter has sheared off leaving about 5cm of slightly roughened edge. Without looking at it, is this something that could possibly be "polished" out?
As above. A splinter about 5cm long has sheared off a tempered glass tabletop when an object was dropped onto the edge. The edge now has a rough feel. Can this be "polished" out in any way? I have tried: Accident has just happened so we haven't tried anything yet. I think it was caused by: A heavy object accidentally fell onto the edge. The damage is limited to a splinter shearing off with no other damage such as a crack
Instead of polishing. Take a syringe and apply epoxy. Just enough to fill in that little splinter. Some people also use clear nail polish although that wears off with regular cleaning and use.
My Car has a crack on the front Mirror. How can I fix it?
My Car has a crack on the front Mirror. How can I fix it
Automotive stores all have mirror repair kits. You would remove the damage then cut the item in the kit for it to fit within your mirror encasement. Then just stick it to the encasement. Fairly simple. Another option is to call around to automotive used parts/auto wreckers. You can often get a used mirror there for the cost of the repair kit. Especially if your car is a few years old and a common one on the road.
In my office, walls and doors are constructed with glass. A few months back, I observed cracks on the glass walls. Can you give me a solution to fix them?
Cracks in glass walls and glass doors. Is there any solution to fix the cracks and make them invisible? I have tried: Yes. I think it was caused by: I don't know
Because this is a professional office, you should hire a glass repair company. If these walls are frosted or tinted then any DIY repair will be visible. Also the cracking foreshadows possible structural integrity issues that any minor DIY glass repair will not prevent.
Fix iPad mini, how do we do this?
I need something to put on glass to show that it is not cracked, I have an iPad, it works perfectly. I know that they have a liquid to hide the cracks, if I replace the glass, then those iPad minis sometimes do not work, and I do not want to chance it.
If the crack is minor and the screen is still operational, purchase an iPad clear protective cover. You should be aware that you risk damage to the display when a screen is cracked on a tablet or smartphone. Any moisture can now get in and damage the digitizer and more. A cover is a short term solution. Eventually, you will have to replace the screen. If you do it yourself then you can get a replacement on eBay or Amazon for under $40 USD. Or have it repaired which those prices range from $80 to $200.
Can we use the SiO2 liquid as a coating for cracked mobile phone screen?
Can we use the SiO2 liquid as a coating for cracked mobile phone screen? We just started to think it can be used as fine cracks removers or glass repair?
It would not be wise to use SiO2 on a phone screen. That is a device that is in contact with your skin on a regular basis. It could also mess up the function of the touchscreen.
Can I use resin to fill in a chip in a crystal goblet/wine glass?
I have a crystal goblet and the base of the glass has a chip in it and I wanted to find out what type of resin would be appropriate to fix/fill it in, if resin would be appropriate for crystal the same way it is for glass. I do not know how the structure of crystal and glass differ and the article doesn't really address chips so much as cracks. I have tried: I can try filing it with a glass file but I was thinking of trying resin first because it ought to be harder to detect once corrected. I think it was caused by: Not really sure, it's been packed it the box it came in as part of a set.
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Can one fill in a crack on the inside of a double paned window?
I have a double window above the entrance to my home. It is on the inside of the house and protected by the outside pane. What can I use to fill in the crack and make it disappear?. Thank you
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