I am trying to repair a crack in a kitchen colander. I tried using
Extra Strong Super Glue (cyanoacrylate) which I bought from the pound
shop. It did not hold the crack together.
The plastic seems to be a heat-resistant type and the Super Glue doesn't
adhere so well?
Do I need to use some other glue for this type of plasic?
I have never found SuperGlue to be worth much for anything. I'd suggest
an epoxy, but for plastic, it's debatable if it will hold, unless it's
made for plastic. By the time you buy the glues, why not just buy a new
collander. I recall the old ones were made of aluminum, and lasted 50
years. But these days, everything is plastic shit, made to be replaced
every year or two.
On 3/13/2013 11:40 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Not really, you just need to pay in today's dollars what you paid in the
past for a good version as here:
You get what you pay for applies in most of these instances.
About 15 years ago, I had one of those plastic things that are screwed
into a car engine, and have several nipples on them, which vacuum hoses
attach to them. One of the nipples broke off, and I could not find a
replacement part since the car was quite old. I did find an identical
car at a junkyard, but that one had one or more nipples beoke off that
same part. An auto parts store had some special epoxy which was made to
be used on plastic. He said that stuff really works, and the only thing
I have to avoid, is filling the hole inside that nipple, or the vacuum
wont work. I bought some, and went to the local hardware store and
bought some thin brass tubing which they sold in one foot lengths. I
cut an inch of that tubing, shoved it in the two pieces and applied that
epoxy. I had that car for many years, and that patch held well. Later,
I used the same stuff to fix a piece of the car's plastic grill that
broke off when I slid on ice and bumped into an icy snowpile. Once
again, that patch held well.
Now, I wish I could remember the name of that stuff. I'd recommend it
to anyone. Best plastic repair adhesive I have ever found. But I have
no idea what it was called. All I can remember, is that it dried with a
On 3/14/2013 3:58 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The only way to patch some types of plastic is to do like you did in the
first case is to basically glue on a reinforcement.
In a decorative structure like your car grill, I suspect most glues
In the case of the colander, I just looked at one in our kitchen and it
is cracked but wife is still using it. Appears to be polyethylene which
no glue will work. I started to mess it up by heating with a cigarette
lighter but it would not melt properly to seal. This is an item to just
be tossed when functionality is lost. You also have to remember that
most plastics degrade with time from heat and light and lose strength
and are not worth patching.
On Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:58:20 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
There are hundreds maybe thousand of plastic compounds. While it may
work great with some, it won't work with others.
Polyethylene is notorious for adhesives not holding.
Polystyrene can be easily held with many adhesives.
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