Learn how to use clear Gorilla Glue to fix a glass dessert plate! Gorilla Glue bonds glass, wood, stone, metal, ceramic, foam, and more. Indoor/outdoor use.
Have you ever broken something you really didn’t want to break? My intention is never to break anything, but it happens – and recently I dropped a relatively new glass dessert plate that my mother gave me as a housewarming gift. Luckily I was able to fix it with Clear Gorilla Glue®!
I was pulling the dessert plate out of an upper cabinet to use, and it slipped out of my hand and dropped and hit the top of the fridge. It wasn’t enough to shatter the item (thank goodness!) but it was enough to break off a portion of the stand. I was SO upset.
I quickly realized, “wait a second – Clear Gorilla Glue!” Yes . . . Gorilla Glue makes a very strong crystal clear formula perfect for bonding glass together. I realized this would be a perfect application for the glue and would save my dessert plate.
Why Gorilla Glue?
I’ve always had success with Gorilla Glue for home repairs and for various DIY projects that I’ve done. I was sure that if I tried the clear formula, it would work well – and I was right! What drew me in was that it’s crystal clear (perfect for glass like this!) and it doesn’t foam or expand. So for a small fix like this one, the clear Gorilla Glue was exactly what I needed.
Not only does it bond glass, it bonds wood, stone, metal, ceramic, foam, and more. This formula works both indoors and outdoors, and it’s really easy to dispense from the bottle (which is not true of all glues!). Here’s how I fixed my dessert plate! This was the before with the bottom of the plate stem broken off cleanly.
Step One: I made sure everything is clean and dry, and added clear Gorilla Glue to the stem.
You don’t need a lot of glue, but enough to cover the area.
Step Two: I secured the stem back to the plate and wiped away the excess glue that came out the sides.
Step Three: I set my dessert plate top down on a hard, flat surface. You can clamp or place a heavy item on top to keep everything secure. I used a small, heavy book.
After 24 hours, my dessert plate is fully secure and ready to use. I can even hand wash it again!
Here are some additional questions you might have about the product.
How Long Does it Take Gorilla Glue to Dry?
This glue takes about 2 hours to dry, but then about 24 hours to reach full cure (fully dry). Clamps are recommended, or heavy items to keep the pressure on the items you’re gluing. I noticed that the base of my dessert plate was pretty secure in about 15 minutes! However I left it to dry overnight just to be sure.
Is it Water Resistant?
Yes! It’s highly water resistant but not recommended for continued water exposure. You can definitely use it outdoors, but you wouldn’t want your project in an area where water is on it constantly. Screen porches or covered areas are perfect!
Can you Remove Gorilla Glue?
Wipe off the excess glue after applying and securing your item – you can also use paint thinner while it’s wet. If it’s dry you’ll want to remove the excess with a chisel or sandpaper. I recommend sandpaper if you’re working with glass just so you don’t break the item again!
If you love Gorilla Glue and use it around your home, I’d love to hear what you do with it in the comments. Also let me know if you’d love to try the clear formula! You can purchase the clear formula from your local Home Depot!