How to Fix a Broken Bong: Different Methods and How They Work
We feel your pain; that pain and that depression creeping inside of you. Did you drop your bong or bump it against a piece of furniture? It broke into pieces, and so did your heart – But don't worry, we won't let this be the end of your love story. In this article, we will teach you how you can easily and quickly repair your bong. So, let's get started!
First Evaluate the Damage
Not all bongs can be repaired. These methods may work on glass pieces whose condition is not beyond repair. You can evaluate the condition of your bong by comparing the damages with the following:
- If the hole in the bong is larger than the size of a pea, it cannot be repaired
- If the bong shattered into ten or more pieces, then you are wasting your time attempting the repair.
But minor chips, cracks, and clean breaks can easily be repaired, and a broken glass bong can be salvaged with a little glue and some prep work.
Let's See Which Method Fixes Your Broken Bong
In this post, you will learn several ways to repair bongs with commonly available items. So, let's check out the methods below:
- Food Grade Silicone
- Two-Part Epoxy
- Loctite Glass
- Cyanoacrylates (Super-Glue)
- JB Weld, Quick Steel, or Plumbers Putty
- Duct Tape
- Blow Torch
Food Grade Silicone
What could be better than using a waterproof and non-toxic material to repair your bong? The food-grade sealant is a convenient and reliable way to fix your broken bong. Although if the structure of your bong is ruined, it can not be repaired using this method.
Once ready, apply the food-grade Silicone to the affected area, cracks, and any pieces that chipped off and the bong will be good as new. If the patch doesn't work, you can easily remove it by peeling it off and experiment with another method. This method is no-fuss and leaves no mess. But make sure to apply the silicone to the joints of the bong or where the tube connects with the base.
Keep in mind; you can't just cover the entire bong with food-grade silicone and expect it to work correctly. While using waterproof glue is preferred, you can also use non-waterproof glue. Simply apply the glue and then cover the glue with silicone and water will be ineffective in that area.
This substance has to be one of the most common items in a tools box. But sadly, this widely available glue does not stick to the Glass. It can seal and mend the small gaps and cracks emerging in plastic bongs and several other materials though.
Super-glue is characterized as the downside of Loctite Glass as it offers no help in bonding of Glass. And as most of you know, bongs are commonly made from Glass. So, the most efficient use of the super glue will be on acrylic. But make sure you use it in small quantities and controlled environment. You don't want to create a mess.
The 'two-part' in the name suggests that this epoxy is a polymerized mixture of two substances; resin and hardener. The intricate composition may indicate that the availability of this substance would be limited, but that is not the case. Many brands provide heat and water-resistant substances that are used to bond glass. And you can easily find this long-lasting fix to keep the glass pieces bonded together.
A downside to this is that it can quickly become waterlogged. If you keep this seal submerged in water too long, the seal will become ineffective and peel off. But the easy workaround is to keep the bong empty between the uses.
This epoxy can only work on clean cuts. So, if the broken glass surface is uneven or sharp, you may have to purchase a glass cutter and keep the broken area smooth and evenly cut. You can also smooth out the sharp edges with sandpaper before applying the epoxy.
The use and appearance of this adhesive is quite similar to super-glue, but the chemical compositions of the two are very different. This adhesive is a butyl formula that is very useful in bonding broken pieces of Glass together. This method should be at the top of your list when it comes to repairing your bong. You don't have to worry about excessive heat and water affecting the effectivity of the glue and making it redundant.
But you may not prefer it as a long term solution as it does contain few chemicals which could be harmful to your health if consumed. It is perfect to seal small cracks and bond bowl pieces, but it requires frequent changes.
JB Weld, Quick Steel, Plumber's Putty
Such sealants have putty-like consistency that can easily be shaped into cracks.
Three putties are waterproof; JB Weld and Quick Steel are similar products and will get stiff and rigid after curing, but the plumber's putty will not dry up and will remain flexible long after it's been applied. But be sure not to use these on any areas that may get hot as they contain toxic chemicals.
You'll probably be hesitant about using this method if you care deeply about the aesthetic of the bong or how it appears. But it is one of the most effective ways that you can seal a crack in the bong and make it functional. The dark-coloured patch may not look appealing, but it will allow the bong to work as usual. If you seal the crack airtight with the duct tape, it can resist water for longer lengths of time too. Just carefully wrap it around the cracks, broken pieces, and the affected area and voila! You are good to go!
Using a torch is definitely not apart of any DIY project, so make sure you take all safety precautions if you attempt. We recommend you leave this challenging task to the professionals. Most materials from which a bong is made usually melt at very high temperatures. This may require a propane or butane blow torch. Glass alone starts to melt at 560 degrees.
Your best chances are to use an acetylene torch and a kiln to melt Glass at such a high temperature. But this should be the option you attempt last as it requires skill and due diligence. This is the only method which instructs you to super-heat the bong and melt the Glass fully so that it bonds. Check out our guide on how hot to heat a banger.
When is it Time to Call a Professional
If nothing seems to go your way, maybe it's time to use the big guns: experts. You've probably have underestimated the damage and repairing the complicated condition of the bong exceeds your knowledge of repairing a broken bong, so in this instance, you will need a professional. This is your last resort option if everything else fails or if you are too afraid of repairing the broken bong manually yourself.
But remember that you'll need to loosen up your pocket strings as the repair costs can vary between $40- $300. This will solely depend on three factors; the severity of the damage, the quality of materials used for repair, and the expertise of the professional chosen.
But you may not be able to eliminate a sentimental bias that will draw you towards hiring a pro to restore the bong, no matter what the charges are. Certain things are too precious, and you can't compromise. One of these is a stoners favorite bong.
If you hire a professional glassblower, they will ask you to clean the bong and the pieces thoroughly before they can begin working on the repair. This explicitly means that you must remove any glue, resin, or tape that you had attached to the bong to fix it temporarily.
If Nothing Works? Get a New One
Sometimes, when you put your DIY hat on, you cannot hack your way into everything. That is when you have to accept defeat and realize that it is time to purchase a new bong. It won't be the same, but you'll get used to it and attached in no time. Trust us; we know how special and treasured a bong is to an individual. Keep the previous one as a memento and move on to a new one. It will be a hefty investment, but the pleasure received will be worth all the expenditure. Check out our shop at DestinationSmoke.com for the best pieces at the lowest cost.
This experiment will be exciting as you will get to repair your bong yourself. Bong breaking accidents are more common than you think and cause just as much damage. But with these practical methods, you might be able to do the unimaginable. So, no more crying whenever you inadvertently smash your bong into something, and it breaks. It's time to get a little creative and see which method works best for you!