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How to fix broken hard plastic items

Life can be messy, complicated, imperfect. Things break, but that doesn’t mean they should be sent straight to the bin. Some objects have huge sentimental value, and we’d all prefer not to buy twice which can be a waste of money and resources. Instead, become a #REPAIRHERO and fix what's broken.

Luckily jobs don’t get much easier than fixing broken plastic items such as toys, baskets, garden furniture, plant pots and more.

Picture the scene, it’s another hectic day of family life and unfortunately, your child breaks their favourite toy. Follow our simple, four step guide and discover how to fix a broken plastic toy using our best glue for hard plastic repairs, so you can stop the tears and save the day!

What's the right glue for your broken hard plastic?

The glue gurus at Bostik have created a special glue to match every need. From super glues in liquid and gel formulas, specialist material glues such as fabric, leather, or plastic and more.

For rigid plastic items, we recommend our Hard Plastics glue. Whether you’re fixing a toy, a tool or a television remote, Hard Plastics Glue is perfect for all tough jobs that need an ultra strong, long-lasting, water resistant glue. Applied white but dries clear, it's the perfect choice for most rigid plastic items made from PVC-U, ABS and High Polystyrene, as well as other materials including wood, metal, and leather.

Keep it handy to repair broken hard plastic around the home, garage, and workshop. Plus, it can also be used to assemble things, not only repair, so is great for craft projects too.

What you will need



  • Old newspaper or similar
  • Alcohol-based cleaner
  • A clean, dry cloth
  • Nail polish remover or acetone

How to fix a broken plastic toy

Step 1: Be prepared

Before you repair broken plastic, remember that all glues need a clean, dry surface to ensure the glue is as effective as possible.

Check the damaged area for dust, dirt, grease, and if necessary, give your broken plastic toy a quick clean with an alcohol-based cleaner and let it dry.

Step 2: Get gluing

Once your broken hard plastic is ready to be glued, place it on a flat surface. You may want to lay it on an old newspaper or similar to protect the work surface.

Then, unscrew the glue cap and spread an even line of glue onto both damaged surfaces of the broken toy.

Step 3: Leave to dry

Place the broken toy pieces down on the work surface, being careful that the glue doesn't touch anything. Then, wait for the glue to become tacky. We recommend allowing four minutes – the perfect amount of time at normal room temperature. Set a timer and take a quick coffee break!

Step 4: Glue the broken plastic toy together

Our Hard Plastic glue will stick immediately, so be careful when lining up the pieces to ensure they fit perfectly to create a seamless repair.

Once aligned, gently press them together. Maximum bond strength is achieved after around 12 hours, so store your item laying on one side for the very best results.

That’s it! You've discovered how to repair a broken plastic toy with a drop or two of glue. It's official, you're now a #REPAIRHERO.

Made a little mess?

Mistakes are inevitable. Thankfully, Bostik Hard Plastics Clear Glue can be removed before it sets using nail polish remover or acetone. Before applying your solvent, we recommend testing a small area to be certain that it will not damage the surface.