Several years, my wife broke an arm off a porcelain statue.
She tried to repair the statue by gluing the two pieces but the mating
surfaces didn't align correctly so now there an ugly gap.
How can I remove the glue -- I don't know if she used Crazy Glue or
another type of glue -- sand down each mating surface and re-glue the
If epoxy was used, heating it will soften the glue. If you remove ALL
the glue, the surfaces should fit tightly if properly positioned. I would
with epoxy, positioning carefully. Wipe off excess glue before it cures, and
the joint should hardly show. If there are missing bits in the break,
with epoxy and painting or coloring with permanent markers may cover it.
Acetone might help in removing the old glue.
| Several years, my wife broke an arm off a porcelain statue.
| She tried to repair the statue by gluing the two pieces but the mating
| surfaces didn't align correctly so now there an ugly gap.
| How can I remove the glue -- I don't know if she used Crazy Glue or
| another type of glue -- sand down each mating surface and re-glue the
| two pieces?
why remove it
why not fill the gaps with a porcelain patch kit and re-finish it?
obviously the glue your wife used is working fine.
Someone rec. using acetone to remove the glue. Good advice, but I would
try hot soapy water first. Neither should hurt porcelain unless it has
some painted detail on it. I assume it has only fired on finish.
If it has enough mass - not a tiny delicate thing - you could drill a
small hole in the center of each broken end with a Dremel. Forget which
bit, but I used mine to drill a hole in the bottom of a china cup so's I
could put a plant in it. Then, put a dab of clear silicone caulk (my
favorite, all-purpose adhesive for sticking stuff to glass or tile) into
the drilled holes, smoosh it together, wipe off excess, support with
mask tape until it sets. If it is a large, heavy item, you could put a
wood dowel into the center holes for support. Even plaster of paris
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