View Full Version : How do cracks effect value?

Maine Digger
03-30-2004, 09:30 PM
Hi all, I've seen some adds on the web as well as conversations here on the forum regarding 'repaired' bottles. I believe the general consensus is that cracks can't be repaired. What does the presence of a crack do to the value of a bottle? Here's one in a great green ale I have, that is otherwise prestine - bargain bin material?[&o]


03-30-2004, 11:13 PM
Hi Norm, I've been told "Chips are bad, Cracks are worse!") I know they definately do effect the value and I don't believe there is anything you can do about a crack. (At least at this time) Contact Forum member baltbottles. He repairs bottles and does an excellent job. Just did one for me, but mine was a chip not a crack. I bet he could give you informed advice. Kelley

Maine Digger
03-30-2004, 11:36 PM
Thanks, This is an otherwise great old heavy ale, but not worth the effort I'm sure to fix. I picked this up in a very poorly lit indoor flea-market for $3.00, and didn't check it until it was too late. Pronounced 3-piece mold work and a nearly 4'' long serpentine bubble was what got my attention; guess i better open my eyes next time[8D]

03-30-2004, 11:44 PM
Could that cracked top be melted back into shaped.
Seems logical that with enough heat that crack would dissapear.
If done properly that is. Is that possible. I,m sure someone somewhere has tryed this.
Any info on heat repair of cracks in bottles?

Maine Digger
03-31-2004, 12:13 AM
Ever here 'Step on a Crack, break your mother's back'[:D] If you use the 'search' menu above under 'repairs', there was some good conversations about this. I think it was Oz from Australia who started a link about repairs. I was just curious if the crack in my bottle was 'terminal', alas I believe it is! [:'(]

03-31-2004, 12:23 AM
I agree with the "Chips are bad, Cracks are worse" thing, chips are mostly not hard to fill and repair cracks are very very hard to do properly, most of them there is nothing you can do anyhow but not all cracks are equal [;)]. If you have a good bottle with a bad crack show it to a good repairer and they MAY be able to fix it.

Maine Digger
03-31-2004, 12:37 AM
So, some cracks are not all what they're cracked up to be?[:D]

Maine Digger
03-31-2004, 12:39 AM
This is the base of the bottle in question


03-31-2004, 04:43 AM
The "wide" cracks that you can just feel wih a fingernail are the one's that give the best chance of filling. If you put Acetone or even Water on the bottle and it gets into the crack you have a chance to get something in there to hide it.
I use "crystal clear" glass glue cut with Acetone as a thinner, the percentage depends on how wide the crack is, the tighter the crack the more Acetone to try to get the glue into it.

You are best to use a UV cureing glue as that way you can leave it in a dark spot to evaporate the Acetone and then put a bit more of your solution on until it's filled the crack, when it's full you put it in the sun and all going well the crack is gone [:D] (out of sight anyhow).

03-31-2004, 05:45 PM
As a bit of an aside- Ive had cracks 'magically appear' so many times in freshly dug bottles that recently Ive taken to laying the bottle in the freshly turned over soil out of sun for 10 mins or so before thoroughly handling it, with much better results.

Maine Digger
03-31-2004, 06:57 PM
The kicker about the crack in the lip of this bottle is that its internal, you can't feel it with your fingernail. Anyone want a nice ale ---cheap?![:'(][:D]