Asked on Aug 16, 2016

Repairing lamp shades

Debbie Kuhar
by Debbie Kuhar
My lamp shades are cracking on the inside. What can I use to repair them?I love these lamps. The material on the inside is vinyl that probably cracked from the heat of the light bulbs inside. The outside of the lamp is lined in silver string all around the lamp. So, if I take the inside vinyl off, shinny silver string will show threw the outside along with the inside of the lamp. What type of fireproof material can I use to line the inside of the lamp? The lamps are more on the delicate side. Appreciate advice.
  19 answers
  • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on Aug 16, 2016
    I'm TOTALLY hopeless at sewing, but if you are like me, why not try a business like an upholsterer?? Some businesses that do curtains, etc. might also do lamp shades. To match curtains, bedspreads etc.. I'd probably have to buy new shades that's how hopeless I am. My husband is better than I at sewing. Good luck.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Aug 16, 2016
    Not sure but Flex Seal might work. It's spray-on or paint-on rubber material. A thin coat on the inside should seal the cracks and I doubt it would burn. Never tried it but it sounds like it would fix it.
  • Dolores DeLuise Dolores DeLuise on Aug 16, 2016
    Hi Debbie, This sounds difficult. I think that if you posted a picture, it would be helpful to potential members who could help. The relationship between the silver string and the vinyl is not clear. Are they on the lampshade? :)
    • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Mar 05, 2018

      Thank you Dolores, I have probably have posted this back 6 months ago. I have pealed back the plastic on the inside of the lamp that was cracked & discolored. All that you see on the lamp shade is delicate, silver string all the way around the rim of the lamp shade. Just picture the inner core ripped out. You can see the thin string all over the frame of the shade. You can look right throw the string and see the bulb.

  • Lin8589843 Lin8589843 on Aug 16, 2016
    Hello! Depending on how handy you are with sewing, you may be able to replace the lining with a white nylon fabric. Carefully cut out the lining and make a template from it, then use the template as a pattern and cut out a new one, and sew it together. Then you an either hand-sew it back onto the shade frame, or use a glue gun. Make sure when you do remove the lining that there will be enough fabric edge left on the shade to sew or glue the new lining to. If there's an exposed edge, you can always get a skinny gimp trim and hot glue it over the raw area. :) Good luck!
    • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Mar 05, 2018

      I already rip the inner shell of the lamp out, all you see now is sting. I can sew pretty well. But I have already been in a fabric store and asked around what kind of fabric to use. I am just concerned about the energy saving bulbs that I use. Afraid that possibly fabric can catch on fire. I like to leave a living room light on when we are gone. Nylon fabric sounds just about right.

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Aug 16, 2016
    I know you love these lamp shades but I had a similar incident and when I went out to look at lamp shades, I feel in love with a very beautiful one and at the end of the day I think it looks 100 time better than the old one. So don't be put off by the idea of getting a new shade. Have a look around (and if required wait for a sale).
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 16, 2016
    keeping the shares, they are part of the statement which I try to make in my living room. Going to hit a craft store over the week-end. I am going to have to upload a picture.
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 17, 2016
    Not a bad idea. I am going to check into one of my craft stores first. See what they recommend. Thank you for your time.
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 17, 2016
    Good idea, but would have to read instructions on back of can to see if it will take the heat from the light bulbs.
  • Kari Roberts Kari Roberts on Aug 17, 2016
    Also get the LED bulbs they don't get hot. They also don't have the dangerous mercury gases when they break. They are plenty bright too.
  • C C on Aug 17, 2016
    I had cloth covered plastic shades of an odd small size for my RV. The dog knocked one and melted the plastic. When I priced them at $25 each, I decided to try to make my own. Of course I required new plastic but Goodwil took care of that with a large plastic shade for just $4. I took the metal rings (top & bottom) off my old shade. Cut the plastic from the large shade to fit and used 6000 glue to adhere it to the rings. I then took the old fabric and glued it to the plastic finishing with glueing the edging on the top and bottom to cover any raw edges and make the shade look finished. Saved $20 on each shade.
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 18, 2016
    Cloth covered plastic? And if the plastic melted, Not a good idea, these are two way bulbs, I am going to check with my craft stores this weekend. If they cannot help me, I will got to goodwill and purchase larger shades and cut them up to fit. Thank you.
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 18, 2016
    I had the mercury bulbs in these lamps. But the damage is already done, but I will change bulbs. Thanks
  • C C on Aug 18, 2016
    If you look in the stores at the cloth pleated shades, you will see that they are over a plastic base.
  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Aug 19, 2016
    I am not talking about the outside plastic film on the lamp shade, I am talking about the inside.
  • Carol Carol on Mar 05, 2018

    I have the exact string lamp and last nite cleaning it the inner plastic liner start cracking horribly. It looks a mess cause you can see thru the metal strings. Can you share what you did thank you

  • Debbie Kuhar Debbie Kuhar on Mar 06, 2018

    Sorry ladies, took pictures, but they would not load. I appreciate your thoughts

  • 48511350 48511350 on Dec 06, 2019

    Hi Debbie, I know this was last year but was searching as I have the same problem. Did you find a solution? I've not yet removed the cracked inner plastic so thinking if I can buy some kind of fire retardant material I could glue it inside. Any ideas? Thanks

  • Carol Carol on Mar 28, 2020

    I just come across your pos looking for help. I also have a string shade an cracking everywhere. Did you find any help? Someone told me parchment paper may work. Cause it’s used in the oven. I did not take plastic off yet cause how it looks without. I scotch taped it. Please help if you have any advice TY

  • Mandy Mandy on Apr 17, 2020

    Hi husband knocked my lovely lamp over and cracked the inside plastic too...nothing wrong with the outside fabric and I love it so much as it goes perfectly in my lounge.

    Desperately would love to repair the inside in a safe way.

    Anyone's idea's would be greatly appreciated