Failures at composite resin/porcelain interfaces under shear-like loading were examined. Porcelain surfaces were treated with hydrofluoric acid and/or one of two silane coupling agents, using two different composite resin cements. The results showed that after seven days storage, bond strengths of specimens which had undergone porcelain surface treatment were greater than the cohesive strength of the porcelain itself, resulting in brittle fracture of the porcelain. The diluted restorative composite resin performed as well as the commercial composite resin cement. Silane pretreatment of porcelain was important as the bond strength of etched/silane primed specimens was significantly higher than the etched only specimens. However, one primer appeared to be more efficient than the other in bond promotion. Some explanations for the differences in bond strengths are offered.