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 Get Your Broken Bong Repaired
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Breaking your favorite bong can be a terrible thing to experience. Did you drop it by mistake, sat on it, or maybe your mischievous, but adorable cat knocked it over? Then you are probably looking for the best and cheapest ways to fix it.
The good news is when it comes to broken bongs, breaks t h at are not especially dramatic can be fixed easily and without much effort. If you are lucky, your bong might even look as good as new after you follow our advice. But before we dive deeper into all the details of repairing a damaged water-pipe, we first need to determine whether fixing your bong is worth the effort or not.
Is Your Bong Worth Fixing?
If you own a Purr bong, bubbler, pipe, or any other accessory, then you already know what it is like to use a high-quality pipe. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. So, if you have a special connection with the broken piece or if it was a gift from someone that you care about, then doing everything you can to salvage it is completely understandable.
If, on the other hand, the broken bong was not particularly well made and it broke because it was faulty, to begin with, then it might be better to invest in a studier and higher-quality one. Bubblers that are made of polycarbonate, which is more durable, lighter, and stronger, than any other type of plastic, are the toughest and most resistant bubblers on the market.
What Are the Most Common Types of Bongs?
Bongs come in many different shapes and sizes. Some of them have a simple design and have two main components: a bowl and a chamber. Other bongs can be quite intricate and detailed and can have more than two components. You might be surprised by the mind-blowing bong designs available on the market. Some artists even dedicate their careers to creating amazing pieces that can leave even the most pretentious smokers astonished. But, at the end of the day, all bongs have the same function — to filter and cool the smoke that comes from burning tobacco or marijuana and to make smoking a more pleasurable experience.
When it comes to the materials used to make a bong, manufacturers prefer to use glass, plastic, ceramic, bamboo, or metal. The most common ones, however, are made of plastic or glass. Glass is by far the best material for making water-pipes because it provides a pure and clean taste. When using a glass bong, you’ll probably notice that the smoke’s flavor remains unaffected.
A great advantage of glass bongs is the fact that you can easily see when they get dirty and they are quite easy to clean. This makes glass pipes very popular and a bit more expensive than those made of other materials. Unfortunately, glass bongs can also be more fragile than plastic or metal ones. So, if you are looking for a way to fix a broken bong, you are probably the proud owner of an elegant glass piece.
How to Fix a Glass Bong
There are a few different ways to go about fixing your favorite bong, but experts advise against using cheap superglue that is also known as cyanoacrylate glue. This type of adhesive does not work well with glass and using it can be troublesome.
Another thing to consider before you start the reparation process is whether you are dealing with a clean-cut or with a messy one. Filling in the gaps when you have a lot of tiny splinters or shards to glue together might not be worth it.
What Is the Most Efficient Type of Glue for Fixing a Broken Bong?
If you were lucky enough to get a clean break, then the best solution is to use J-B (regular or quick weld). Make sure you mix the glue following the instructions on the package and apply some glue on the broken pieces. Stick them together and try to put them in the right position from your first try, otherwise, things might get messy.
If you are dealing with a bigger gap, and you need to fill it before putting the pieces together, we recommend using epoxy putty. If you’ve ever heard of Billy Mays or Mighty Putty, this is something quite similar but waterproof and safer. It has a similar feel to Play-Doh and when it dries, it’s very solid.
It is worth mentioning that certain adhesives used to fix glass are toxic and should be avoided. So, before you decide what glue to use for fixing a damaged bong, read the instructions carefully and do some online research. Focus on finding out if the adhesive works well with glass and if it can be used safely at home.
As mentioned above, some glass bongs are unique pieces created by talented artisans. If your bong is one such piece, you might want to consider contacting the manufacturer and asking whether they might be able to fix it. Good manufacturers value each piece and appreciate when their clients do too. As a result, they will gladly repair your broken pipe and any other type of non-smokeware glass. It is worth mentioning that depending on the piece and the amount and type of damage it suffered, the price per repair can vary, so do not hesitate to send them an email beforehand for a quote.
They will appreciate the fact that you love it so much and that you are willing to invest time and effort into getting it fixed. Taking your broken bong to a professional will ensure that the piece will look as good as new. If, however, your bong is made with cheap and lower-quality materials, getting it fixed might not be worth the effort, unless you are passionate about crafts and DIY activities.Breaking your favorite bong can be a terrible thing to experience. Did you drop it by mistake, sat on it, or maybe your mischievous, but adorable cat knocked it over? Then you are probably looking… ]]>