If a piece is completely broken, it is best for a buyer to contact the artist directly bearing in mind that the failure of the breakage often contributes to the artist’s helpfulness. A non-repairable part is difficult to recover, but you can start the repair process by determining its market value.
Use food grade silicone to repair cracks, chips and other minor damage to your bong. If a cleanly cut piece of glass broke off, you may be able to glue it back together with silicone. Just don’t expect to use it to glue a bunch of broken pieces together.
Sometimes the breakage is extremely serious and may not be repairable. However, a clean break, chip or tear can be repaired with a little glue.
Things not to attempt to repair your bong include superglue, putty, and other similar sealants. Superglue is a big no-go. First, it won’t stick to glass, which of course is a problem when trying to fix a glass bong.
Another household clip, common superglue, or even regular glue can provide enough patches to seal cracks. Super glue won’t stick or stick to glass, but you can use it more effectively on an acrylic or silicone bong. However, the glue still seals and repairs problems in other bong types.
Drain your hookah before storing it
It may take some temperature changes, but glass (especially glass that isn’t scientific) can actually break if water is left in it when it gets cold and stretches too much.
Using a screwdriver or heavy metal tool, gently tap the inside of the broken glass until it shatters. This requires light tapping as opposed to aggressive breaking. Once broken, ensure all jars are safely removed from your bong.
Running hot tap water or pouring boiling water down the stem and bong can help loosen the thickly accumulated resin so you can safely pull or twist out the bottom stem.
The “high” you can get from sniffing glue or inhaling other chemicals can cause a temporary feeling of euphoria or hallucinations. However, these feelings only last a few minutes and are not worth the risk to your health. Inhaling glue and other chemicals is dangerous and should never be attempted.
For gluing most glass surfaces you need a special glass adhesive. Specially designed to bond with glass’s unique properties, including clarity, these adhesives can be used to repair broken crockery, antiques, mirrors, appliances and countless other items.
The key to stem repair is to create a large surface area and therefore a strong adhesive bond. This is done by cutting off the stem of a “sacrificial glass,” which has a stem similar in length to the broken glass. The stalk must be cut so that it encompasses part of the bottom of the dish.
To fix broken glass, press a thin line of strong, non-toxic glue along the edge, or use a silicone-based or UV-curable resin for decorative glass. Press the pieces together firmly, then allow the glue to set for 24 hours. For more gluing options and ways to decorate your repaired glass with glue, read on!