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Porcelain glue: Just right for fragile and delicate repairs 

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Just as you’re ready to show off your vintage tea set you notice a crack in a saucer. Thanks to porcelain glue, you can fix that chip—and the coffee mug, and the Bruce Lee figurine, and the ceramic floor—in no time at all. 

What Is porcelain glue?

Porcelain glue is a powerful, yet easy-to-use adhesive for a range of porous and non-porous fragile materials, including porcelain and ceramic. Although there are some general-use porcelain adhesives, it’s best to choose one that pertains to your project as different glues contain different properties. Some glues work well under extreme temperatures, while others create minimal odors and are easily cleaned. 

Two hands holding the two parts of a broken candlestick.
Porcelain glue is an easy-to-use adhesive for a range of porous and non-porous, fragile materials

Tips for using porcelain adhesive

If you decide to opt for a porcelain glue to repair your coffee mug or a vase, it’s super simple and super quick:

  1. Gather the broken pieces together onto a clean and flat area, like your kitchen table. 
  2. Line up all the pieces. 
  3. Apply the glue to both pieces you will be gluing together. Then align and assemble the pieces.
  4. Once the porcelain glue has cured, remove any unwanted adhesive by using a sharp knife or safety razor to cut it away. 

If you have a project that requires gap bonding or filling, surface repairs or laminating, the best glue for porcelain or ceramic repairs will be an epoxy. An epoxy consists of two parts: resin and hardener. When mixed together, they produce a durable, high strength bond. Other features include:

  • water resistant
  • can be drilled and sanded
  • impact resistant
  • capable of handling outdoor weather
A hand presses a broken part of a cactus-shaped vase back on its place with glue.
When you glue two pieces of porcelain together, leave them in the desired position for a while so that the glue has time to dry

Which projects benefit from porcelain glue?

For gluing anything small or fragile that requires a quick repair, a super glue is the first choice for a clean repair. Need a bit more than that, grab a tube of Loctite Stick’N’Seal Extreme. It’s versatile, flexible, heat resistant, and can be used on a variety of common household items. 

If you’re tackling a larger repair, such as flooring, or your project is exposed to volatile temperatures or constant foot traffic, opt for Loctite Epoxy Extra Time. It won’t shrink, is resistant to solvents, and sets in 60 minutes. Simple and efficient!

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