The golden glow of chardonnay is a lovely way to fill a wine glass, but a chipped edge from the dishwasher or a toast gone awry can turn a favourite flute into scrap. A chipped glass with sharp edges is unsafe to use. Although restoration professionals should repair expensive crystal, consumers can rescue everyday glassware with a few simple techniques. Glassware repair is a more delicate operation than that used to repair a mirror or tabletop. A variety of glass repair supplies is available online resources such as eBay.
To repair chips in glassware at home, consumers need the following items:
- Diamond-coated wand or file for stemware
- Diamond-coated sanding or grinding discs in extra-fine, fine, medium, and coarse grits. The disc should be a bit larger than the glass' diameter.
- Sheet of craft felt
- Sheet of craft cork
- Eye protection
- Shop mask
- Latex or cotton gloves
- Soft cloth
- Silver polish
Before attempting a repair, wash and dry the glass. The consumer should wear eye protection, a shop mask, and protective gloves.
When repairing chips in glassware, consumers should be aware that they cannot make the chip disappear. These kits smooth the jagged edges so the glass can be used again safely. Consumers should ensure the grinding disc remains wet so the repair is as smooth as possible. A wet disc helps the user avoid inhaling fine glass dust. Depending on the severity of the chip, repairing the damage at home can take several hours.
Cushion the sink with a flat layer of craft felt, preventing further chips. Using water, dampen the coarse-grit diamond-coated sanding or grinding disc and keep it wet. Place it on the felt, diamond side up. Place the upside-down glass on the wet disc and gently rotate it back and forth. Press very gently to facilitate smoothing the chip, but not hard enough to break it.
After the sharp edges are smoother, use the medium-grit disc. Repeat the gentler rotating action to continue smoothing the chip. Repeat with the fine disc, keeping the disc wet. Finish with the wet extra-fine disc. Replace the extra-fine disc with the sheet of craft cork. Dampen slightly and gently twist the rim of the glass on the cork to polish and buff the edge. If the glass catches on the cork, add more water to the cork. Wash and dry the glass gently. Consumers should ensure that there are no sharp edges remaining before using the glass.
To smooth a larger chip, one needs eye protection, glasses, and a shop mask. Using plain water, wet the diamond-coated filing wand or file. Draw the file across the chipped surface with slight resistance. The motion should be in one direction, similar to filing one's nails. Sawing the file back and forth causes cracks and sharp edges. Place the file in different positions over the chip to round the edge.
Pause to confirm the sharp edges become smooth during this process. Remove any residue from the edge with the soft cloth. Dab silver polish on the cloth to smooth the rim. Wash and dry the glass gently.
How to Buy Glass Repair Supplies on eBay
When you know which supplies you need to repair chipped glassware, look to eBay's vast listings for ideas. Type the item you need in the search window on any eBay page, such as 'diamond-coated sanding disc', and browse the results. To narrow your search, enter details such as condition, brand, and size. Become familiar with each seller's profile, including feedback and selling policies. If you have questions about any items, contact the seller for clarification. Repairing glass chips is easy when you have the proper knowledge and materials at hand.