Araldite


I need to repair a cracked drawer in my freezer. It is the handle hole that is cracked and I was thinking about glueing a plate behind the crack before it gets any worse. Would Araldite type adhesive be OK for this due to the low temperature of the freezer. I cannot look on thre packet as that has long gone and the tubes are a bit too squashed to read. Does anybody have a packet that they could look at and let me know.
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John
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John wrote:

When, many years ago, I tried Araldite for a fridge, it worked. But the interior of the fridge smelled of Araldite for a *long* time afterwards. Not my best idea.
You can get some Araldite information online. Maybe try the (new) owners of the company that makes it?
<http://www.silmid.com/araldite/adhesives.htm
But you might do better by searching for 'araldite instructions' - plenty of versions around.
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I once decided to store some resin in the freezer, thinking it would keep longer. It might have, but it wrecked everything else in the freezer, in spite of being in an apprently sealed tin. The resin tainted all the stored food, easily passing through all the sealed plastic wrappings.
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I have used Araldite successfully at liquid nitrogen temperatures - you'll be OK.
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John wrote:

Probably OK, but most fridge plastics are olefins and don't adhere well to anything much.
If its styrene, (brittle) you could use a straight solvent/styrene mix (polystyrene cement as used for e.g. airfix) and clear styrene can be pirated from scarp fridges etc to make up a plate to sit behind the crak.
Te first thing is to establish if its a soleuble plastic: take some ellulose thinners or acetoe (nail varnish remmover) and test..if it goes cludy, its suitable fr a solvernt cement.
I have repaired model aircraft colws of styreme with a mixture of micropore tape and cyanoacrylate as well, and that's an option. Ugly, but effective. I of coure used plastic model putty as filler and sprayed the repair..

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In uk.d-i-y, John wrote:

If nothing has broken off and you simply want to stop the crack spreading, you might drill a small hole at the "inland" end of the crack, and stick duct tape behind all of the crack. That worked for me, until I could get round to doing the job properly, which I've never needed to.
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John wrote:

I've patched up ours with hot-melt glue. It's not too brittle at freezer temperature and is completely odourless.
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I've successfully fixed broken handles on fridge shelves using clear silicone sealent. It adheres to just about anything, is very strong, very flexible and dooesn't go brittle in the cold.
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Silicone sealent works on hot things equally as well. I used it to fix the mounting brackets back onto the inner glass of an oven door. Lasted for the rest of the life of the cooker which was several years. It was recommended to me by a nephew-in-law who has a degree in adhesives.
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I don't think that sort of temperature will matter - but epoxy isn't that good on the sort of plastics this is likely to be made of.
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John wrote:

As it happens I was just thumbing through one of the many pieces of junk that gets sent to me and one had an advert for the new improved etc. etc. "Evo Stick Serious Glue" claiming good performance down to -30 degree C
No affilitation or idea as to its real perfomance, but it claims super glue adhesion, but stronger, more flexible temperature resistant bond, to quote the blurb.
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I've used it quite a bit on the sort of plastics nothing else seems to work on and find it very good. Not sure about being as strong as superglue, though, where that is suitable. One thing to note is it needs clamping for 24 hours to reach full strength. A very worthwhile addition to the toolbox.
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Following up to Dave Plowman (News)

ive just used it for the first time, nice double nozzle, nice sticky quality without "stringing". Claims to be water tolerant and waterproof.
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Yes. The door rubbing strips on my old car had chrome bits - chrome on plastic - which had 'gone'. I obtained some chrome on plastic half round strip and glued it on with Serious Glue. Still there some years later.
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not so different from my alloy strips along top edge of kitchen base unit door to stop water seepage into door (hopefully) from sloppy washing up
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I used Araldite to mend a broken drawer in my fridge and it works fine. I think the repair is actually stronger than the plastic. Only trouble is, it's not very "cosmetic" if that bothers you - sort of a grungy brown colour ...
Give it a try.
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plastic?
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