Broken glass can be really frustrating. It happens every now and then, usually unintentionally. In some cases, broken glass is so shattered that they are beyond repair and the only way to deal with it is through glass replacement. However, there are instances when there is still hope to fix it, but careful measures must be observed to make sure that it is fixed right, still functional, and remains to look good. Broken glass ranges from glass accessories, wine glasses, windows, glass tables, and others.
Rockingham Glass, one of Australia’s leading glass products provider offers the following tips to fix broken glass at your home.
- Assess the Damage
Before doing any broken glass fixes, make sure to have a realistic assessment of the state of the broken glass. Sometimes, the break might look manageable but the nearby dents that it creates may look risky. Make sure the damage is fixable on your own. If not, it is good to either call the professionals to fix it or permanently replace it with a new one.
- Buy a Glass Repair Kit
Hardware shops near you may have some glass fixing kit available. Use this to fix the broken glass. A glass repair kit basically includes some repair resin, glass wipes, mini screwdrivers, and many other accessories necessary to fix broken glasses and dents. It also helps prevent stone damage and other factors that may cause further damage to glass surfaces. There may also include some basic instructions on how to do the repair, just follow it and you are good to go.
- DIY Repair
If a glass repair kit is not available, you can use some home materials to do your glass repair. You will need some strong, quick- dry glue and a piece of cloth. To do this, you have to wipe clean the damaged area first for the crack or dent to be easily identified. Apply glue or epoxy on the affected area. For parts that are totally broken, clean off the edge to scrape away minute glass debris. Then, carefully apply glue or epoxy into the edge of the damaged area, making sure that you put on as think as possible, but enough to hold the pieces together. Hold the pieces together firmly in place until the glue or epoxy dries out totally. Scrape off excess glue if possible.
- Use a Glue Gun For Cracks
Another alternative that is applicable for cracks, like on your glass table, for example, is the use of a glue gun. You can fill it in with a repair resin and use the glue gun to trace the cracks, thinly applying the resin on the surface. Wait until it dries completely and then scrape and clean off any excess resins.
While broken glass can still be fixed, experts advise that if possible and affordable, totally replace your glass materials. There are some cases when a repair may look like it has fixed it, but the item is no longer advisable for usage. Be practical on this to keep you and your family safe from harm.
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