How to Repair a Broken Bong Percolator
Introduction: How to Repair a Broken Bong Percolator
Note: This tutorial will work on tobacco waterpipes (bongs) with 4mm glass. It is easier to do than it looks. You just might have to practice with the glass cutter. If you like your bong a lot or if it was expensive, it is definetely worth it. Besides, once you have all the materials you can fix many bongs in future, too. Also, it is a fun project.
You will need:
– A simple glass cutter, for example this one: Amazon.com link*
– Two component epoxy glue without solvents (you also can get food
grade epoxy if you want), DON’T use glass glue unless it is food grade and water resistant. Normal glue will not work! For example this one: Amazon.com link*
Advantage of epoxy: once dried out it is very hard, not toxic and the one I
have is also resistant to acid and bases (good for dishwasher tabs when
– A jetflame lighter or candle (for thicker/ thinner glass)
– Not to forget: A broken bong (whole percolator broken off or if an arm of the perc broke off)
* = These links are all amazon.com affiliate links
Step 1: Using the Glass Cutter
– wash your bong from the inside and outside with dishwasher tabs and hot water (that yellow thingy is the rest of a tab that didnt dissolve properly)
– then dry it off well on the outside
– find a stable and easily turnable position to (ideally) cut a perfect ring around the neck of your bong
– apply a little oil to the small cutting wheel of the glass cutter
– mark the place where you want to cut (in my case at the bottom so I can
get at the bottom of the percolator when glueing it back on later)
– place the glass cutter straight onto the glass
– gently apply force on it so you get a deeper cut while slowly turning it
– (practice on a normal glass before if you want to)
– don’t panic – the glass cutter doesn’t really cut the glass deep at all, more looks like a scratch
Step 2: Open Up the Bong
– Now carefully heat the small cut the glass cutter made. Use a jetflame
lighter (thicker glass) or a candle (thinner glass) for around 20-30
– try to only heat the small cut
– then immediately cool the glass off with cold water
– the glass will crack after this. If it doesn’t, try heating the cut longer or
you have a bong made of heat resistable glass.
– do this over and over again bit by bit until you have a nice crack going through and all the way around the glass
– you might have to re-cut some places
– after you have a crack around it it will either easily come apart or you have to gently knock it on an edge (of a wooden table)
– once apart, wash the inside out with hot water and dry the perc and the other two parts well with a hairdryer
Step 3: Fixing Your Percolator
– Firstly, take the epoxy and make an equally long line of each the epoxy and the hardener and mix it up well (you don’t need very much)
– apply it to whatever you want to stick back together
– hold it in place for 5 minutes
– (if just one of the arms broke off you can either put it back on or block
the hole with epoxy and throw away the one arm)
– wait 10 minutes and apply another layer around the outside just to go sure it won’t leak any water (only if your whole percolator broke off like in the pictures)
Step 4: Putting Everything Back Together
– Now, mix some more epoxy
– Find the exact position where the two parts were together before
– Apply it to both sides (not too much or it will flow out on the sides when
put together -> not so nice)
– push from the top so everything goes together tightly without air bubbles
– stabilize the position otherwise it moves slightly while drying and then you have edges
– it will be smokeable in 18-48 hours
– CONGRATS! You will have fixed your bong!
I fixed two bongs this way. Didn’t find any tutorial with this method so I decided to share it with you!
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How to Fix a Glass Bong: Essential Stoner Life Hacks
Before you toss your broken bong in the trash, check out this guide.
by Macey W. – February 4, 2020
You broke your glass bong and rather than investing in a new one, you want to fix it yourself. Good choice. If you don’t know how to fix a glass bong, read on because we’ve got you covered.
Keep in mind there are a number of ways to break a glass bong, from a crack during cleaning to a total shatter on the floor.
Not all are repairable. If your bong is still fairly intact, with just a clean break or some cracks and chips, you may be able to repair it with some products that are easy to get your hands on.
Other times it’s a lost cause, and the only way to repair your bong is to purchase a new one.
Assess the repairability
With so many ways to damage a bong, there is no cure-all to fix all types of damage. The first thing you need to do is make sure the bong is repairable at all. Some damage cannot be reversed.
If you dropped your bong and it shattered into a million pieces, you’re pretty much out of luck. Don’t expect to sweep up all of those shattered pieces and be able to put them together again. You’re better off moving on at this point.
However, if the damage is more along the lines of a single crack, chip or busted piece, the bong may be salvageable. Now you just have to decide what method will work best to fix your bong based on the damage incurred.
It’s important to go for the safe-for-humans options to repair a bong. While some substances may do a good job of sticking glass together, they may also have toxic solvents that you don’t want to accidentally heat up and inhale.
Here are our top choices for repairing a salvageable bong:
Food grade silicone for bong repairs
Food grade silicone can be a great option for bong repairs. It’s a non-toxic substance often used to make molds for various food items like chocolates or jellies.
This substance is also highly resistant to damage and doesn’t crack, crumble, peel, or dry out. It’s great for use as a sealant.
Now, if your entire bong is shattered in pieces, you’re not going to successfully stick all the pieces back together with food-grade silicone. Instead, it should be used in cases like cracks or chips in the body or connecting joints of the piece.
Use food-grade silicone to repair cracks, chips, and other minor damage to your bong.
If there’s a clean-cut piece of glass that busted off, you may be able to stick it back together with silicone. Just don’t expect to stick a bunch of broken pieces together with it.
Duct tape for bong repairs
Not glamorous, and definitely not as discreet as food-grade silicone, duct tape is a handy option for bong repair. Only go for this method if you care about not spending money on a new bong, and not if you care about the way it looks.
If your bong has incurred some cracks or chips, duct tape does a good job of sealing it up and keeping it together and functional.
If the damage is near the base of the bong, duct tape may help provide a seal, but should only be used temporarily.
Epoxy for bong repairs
Epoxy adhesives are useful for repairing bongs in some situations as well. You’ll want to go for two-component epoxy which is great for sealing, coating, and bonding substances. Much like with silicone repairs, it’s important to go for a food-grade epoxy when fixing a bong.
And like silicone, epoxy can be used for cracks and dings in the glass. But it’s best suited for situations where the glass has had a clean break and needs to be stuck back together.
It’s not recommended for use near the base, where water will eventually wear it down and break the seal.
What not to use when repairing a bong
Silicone, duct tape, and epoxy are all common products used to repair a bong. They all have their flaws, but they work better than other options some people try.
Poor choices to fix a glass bong include superglue, putty sealants, and similar products. Superglue doesn’t bond to glass, which is a problem when trying to repair a bong. Beyond its obvious flaw of not bonding to glass, it also could have chemicals that are harmful to humans.
And then there is Loctite glass glue, which does bond to glass, but also contains harmful substances for humans.
Similarly, JB Weld and other putties should not be used to repair a bong, especially if the damage is near the bowl where you’ll expose yourself to the sealant’s chemicals.
Other options for bong repairs
If you’re still wondering how to fix a broken bong and none of these options fit the bill, it may be time to give up the idea of self-repairing your bong.
That leaves you with the choice of finding a professional or just purchasing a new bong. If your bong is both repairable and has a lot of sentimental value, it may be a good idea to leave its repairs to the professionals.
Depending on your location, you may have a large selection of bong and glass repair people near you. Others may have to do a great deal of searching to find a professional who can repair their piece. Check-in with local headshops and see if anyone can point you in the right direction.
If all else fails, it may be time to purchase a new bong and hope for a safer life with it. We all make mistakes and breaking a beloved piece is seemingly inevitable, but sometimes all you can do is move on from the experience.
You can always make a homemade bong temporarily until you’re able to purchase a new one.How to Fix a Glass Bong: Essential Stoner Life Hacks Before you toss your broken bong in the trash, check out this guide. by Macey W. – February 4, 2020 You broke your glass bong and rather ]]>