Tips for cracks and chips

How to fix a broken mug in a few easy steps

If you know how to fix a broken mug, you can save some old favorites, like souvenir mugs from distant cities you’re unlikely to visit again soon. All you need is the right adhesive and a bit of patience. Read on to learn how to fix cracked and chipped mugs (including the handle).

So many glues, which one to use?

When you fix a broken mug, you need to look for a glue that can bond those materials (probably ceramic or porcelain). A contact adhesive like Loctite Stik’n Seal Indoor Adhesive is ideal for fixing ceramic mugs and many other objects. If you are filling in a chip, reach for a gap-filling adhesive or a touch-up glaze.

Your glue must be food safe since it will come into contact with drinks or food. The product details should provide this information; for example, the packaging of Loctite Stik’n Seal Indoor Adhesive states it is dishwasher safe.

How to fix a broken mug handle or broken mug

Gather materials. You need the adhesive, a paper towel or rag, soap and water, and gloves if edges are sharp.

Wash and dry pieces. Handle them carefully to prevent further damage.

Pre-fit. Make sure you have all the pieces, then pre-fit them.

Apply glue. Apply adhesive to two adjoining surfaces according to the product information. 

Clean-up. Wash your hands and remove any excess adhesive.

Remember: your mug may no longer be microwave/dishwasher/oven safe.

How to fix a chipped mug

Gather tools. You need adhesive/touch-up glaze, an emery board, and soap and water.

Wash and dry chipped surface.

Apply adhesive. Observing the details in the product information, fill in the chips and rebuild the lost material to protect the mug from further chipping.

Dry and file. After the adhesive/glaze has dried, you can file it down to recreate the original mug profile.

Clean-up. Wash your hands. Your mug may no longer be microwave/oven/dishwasher safe.