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How to Repair a Cracked Ceramic Bird Bath

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A ceramic bird bath often cracks due to extreme drops in temperature, such as that in winter. Sometimes, it gets cracked when it falls to the ground and hit a solid object. Repairing the crack on the ceramic bird bath is a better option than throwing the precious ornamental structure away. Before deciding to buy a new one, here's a simple procedure that will get the structure fixed.

Tools and Materials:

  • Waterproof Silicone Caulk or Epoxy
  • Putty Knife
  • Cloth
  • Soap
  • Bucket
  • Sponge

Step 1 - Empty Cracked Bird Bath

Empty the bird bath of any water. This can be accomplished by tilting it gently until the water gets drained. Do this before relocating it to a safer place to work on.

Step 2 - Transfer the Bird Bath to a Safe Working Place

Carry the bird bath to the garage or any other place where it can be safe from damage while it is being repaired.

Step 3 - Clean the Bird Bath

Before fixing the damage, make sure to clean every surface to ensure that the glue, caulk or epoxy will work effectively on the cracks. Fill a bucket with water and wet a sponge. Wash any dirt on the surface of the bath first. Use soap if necessary and work the sponge on the surfaces to thoroughly clean it. Allow it to dry.

Step 4 - Apply Glue

If using epoxy, mix the resin and the hardener first on a container. Apply the epoxy, the waterproof silicon caulk or any other type of caulk to the entire crack using a putty knife. Make sure to remove any excess epoxy or caulk before working on other cracks. When filling the cracks with caulk or epoxy, make sure that every inch of the crack is covered. A good amount of epoxy or caulk will also serve as a sealant. Make sure that all the cracks are sealed properly. Allow the glue to dry for about 48 hours.

Step 5 - Reapply Glue if Necessary

After the drying process, check the cracks to see if reapplication of glue is necessary. Usually, some parts of the crack may require reapplication. Place a sufficient amount of epoxy or caulk on the cracks and allow the glue to dry.

Step 6 - Apply Ceramic Sealant

When the epoxy or caulk dries, apply ceramic sealant on the ceramic birdbath. The ceramic sealant will add further protection to the glued cracks. Allow the sealant to dry for about 48 hours depending on the temperature.

Tips:

If the crack needs to be held onto while being repaired, make use of copper wire to wrap the bird bath. The copper wire will apply a gentle pressure on the bird bath to ensure that the cracked parts are held into place. After the caulk or epoxy has dried, remove the copper wire.

Make sure to bring the bird bath in a dry covered place when doing repairs in case it might rain. 

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