so im sitting in my friends car after we'd gotten done smoking when the need to get out for a second arises. as i open the door and emerge from the vehicle i hear the most utterly horrible sound i have ever heard in my life; glass pipe hitting blacktop. i had forgotten the pipe was sitting in my lap, and as i stood up the pipe was subjected to a terrifying display of how gravity works. i was devastated blades. the 70$ pipe hadnt even been broken in yet and it wasnt even mine. fortunately enough though, upon examination of the damage i noticed that it was a very clean break. the glass was very thick and thus the pipe did not shatter but simply broke into 2 pieces. so after buying my friend a new pipe i decided to go ahead and try to repair the broken one. and here is how i did it:
Quiksteel. <- this is the SHIT! it has the consistency of moist clay and is grey/black before activated. once activated it starts to warm up and becomes completely black. it bonds to glass and best of all it says it can be used in areas reaching temperatures of up to 500 degrees F.
the whole repair was rather simple actualy. it consisted of breaking off a piece of the quiksteel, working it for about 1 minute to activate it, and carefuly setting it in place before pushing the 2 pieces back together.
it only took about 1 hour to fully set, at which point i simply scraped away the excess on the outside to make the pipe smooth again.
the pipe works just as good as it used to and we've been using it on and off for a couple months now. we treat it as if it never broke, banging it against our palms to cash bowls, smoking bowl after bowl, etc. and the quiksteel has lived up to its reputation. if your going to glue a pipe back together this is the shit you need.
this type of repair is intended for higher quality glass pieces which have thicker glass. thicker glass will allow you to apply the quiksteel without leaving any of it exposed on the inside of the pipe. i wouldnt recommend trying this on a cheap pipe, just go get a new one.
DO NOT, use super glue for this kind of repair. super glue will not bond to glass well and your pipe will fall apart in your pocket or even as your are smoking it. also if you do repair your pipe this way, you must refrain from taking res hits. although the quiksteel can withstand high temperatures its not a good idea to put a direct flame on an empty pipe that has been glued back together.
hope this helps someone out there, ill try to put up some pictures of the pipe later.
Edited by Hash Browns, 12 October 2009 - 05:59 AM.