Fix a Broken Coffee Cup with Super Glue
Fix a Broken Coffee Cup with Super Glue
Each and every one of us has broken their favorite coffee cup. Most of the time it is the handle of the coffee cup that can break into many pieces. Besides blaming yourself for being clumsy, at that very moment, your only wish is to fully restore your ceramic coffee cup back to its original form. Fortunately for you, all is not lost. The solution to all your coffee cup handle repairing needs, is quite simply, super glue.
Super glue is a popular commodity when it comes to fixing many different objects around the household and it can be applied to many different surfaces as well. Use a medium viscosity super glue. This particular super glue handles all general-purpose household repairs.
In this article, we will show you how to salvage the broken handle of a ceramic coffee cup.
What You Will Need:
- Starbond Multi-Purpose EM-150 Medium Super Glue
- Coffee cup with broken handle
- Newspaper, cardboard, or something to protect the surface you will be working on
- Proper equipment for handling super glue such as rubber gloves
- Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area when performing your work
Collect all of the broken pieces. Then, carefully clean the cup including the broken edges of the handle to make sure it is clear of dust or gunk. This will assure a better and stronger bond. Wait for the coffee cup and broken handle pieces to fully dry on a paper towel before you add any super glue. Some of the broken pieces may be very sharp so be extra careful when handling those pieces to prevent injuries to yourself and further damage to the coffee cup handle.
Without apply any glue just yet, piece all broken the parts of the handle back together just to confirm none are missing. Once you have confirmed that all the pieces are available, you may now start gluing. When you start to glue two pieces of the handle together, depending how many pieces you have, glue the larger pieces first. This will make the glue application that much easier for you.
Use a medium viscosity instant adhesive to glue two pieces of the handle that correctly connect together. Glue all the other pieces one by one together to end up with one fully intact coffee cup handle separated from the coffee cup.
Make sure to not apply too much glue. Given that super glue slightly expands after it has cured, you only need to apply a few drops of the glue on each piece. The more excessive glue you apply, the longer it takes to cure. Moreover, because the instant glue dries fast, you should be quick to join the pieces together, so try not to wait too long. Medium super glue has a bonding time of 10-20 seconds. You do not need to apply glue on both surfaces. Just apply the glue onto one side and apply pressure when joining the two pieces together to spread the glue throughout the surface of the break. Hold the two pieces together for about 50 seconds so a strong bond is assured.
Now that you have a complete handle, test the sturdiness of the joined pieces. This does not mean to try to break them apart once more but only apply some slight pressure to check the pieces are secure. If you notice a weak section, glue it back together a second time to get a stronger bond going.
Having confirmed that the handle is sturdy and strong enough, now it is time to glue the completed handle to the coffee cup. Apply the instant super glue onto the surface of the coffee cup where the handle will attach properly. Immediately, align the handle in its respective position on the cup for a perfect fit and then apply a light pressure at both ends of the handle. Remember the bonding time is 10-20 seconds and a full cure is 24 hours. Once the glue has fully cured, test whether the handle is well secured onto the coffee cup.
Your Brand-New Coffee Cup
There you go, your cup is as good as new. The handle may have small pieces of glue sticking out of the areas that were just glued. Over time they will chip off naturally. You can also lightly sand them off or even try to chip them off yourself. Though the cup is now useable again, it is not as strong as it was originally. Thus, it is not recommended to be used again in a microwave or dishwasher. It is also important to mention that the extent of the damage on the broken coffee cup will determine whether it is possible to repair it. If it has shattered into several smaller pieces, you might be better off buying a new coffee cup since salvaging it will be much more difficult. Let the repaired coffee cup fully cure first before cleaning it again and adding your favorite flavored coffee into it.