The lower shelf on the door (molded plastic) in my 8-year-old
refrigerator is cracked on both ends -- any suggestions for how to
I tried epoxy, but no luck -- the plastic is pretty thin and I don't
think there was enough surface area.
My appliance repair shop suggested duct tape, which would work, but
would be ugly and hard to clean.
I'm wondering if there is some kind of kit out there that will do the
Epoxy doesn't work well on plastic, except for hard plastics, such as
polyester and bakelite. Also don't bother with super glue.
Refrigerator plastic is typically PVC or ABS, both which can be
repaired very well through solvent welding with MEK of lacquer thinner.
I've also used automotive carburetor or throttle body spray cleaners.
Try to let the solvent evaporate for at least 24 hours before applying
much mechanical stress to the repair, but since a refrigerator is so
cold, I'd extend that to a week.
Don't rule out removing the entire panel from the refrigerator door to
reinforce it from the inside. It may be held in place by screws tucked
under the gasket.
I have repaired plastic fridge shelves/drawers with pop rivets to hold
stainless steel strapping across the break. This creates a "decorative" type
of repair as it looks like it should be there. The stainless steel straps
are about 1/2" wide and are leftovers from the straps used to anchor
road-side signs to utility poles by strapping around the pole. The excess is
cut off and that is what I used.
I had excellent success with a little dorm type box where the
bottle holder straps had ripped out and left large holes and some
cracking. Used grow foam, injected in the holes. The one I used
is a commercial product for setting/insulating windows that does
not triple expand and break things. It has been in service for a
few years now. I made new bottle rack fronts out of some
appropriate material because mine were missing, If I'd had factory
ones, I believe they would have reinstalled.
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Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Many thanks for the great idea -- it worked! I used duct tape to hold
the shelf pieces together, then drilled a series of small holes in the
bottom of the shelf and sprayed the foam in. I couldn't find the
non-expanding type, so I sprayed very cautiously.
Since the fridge was on, it too much longer than usual to cure, but
once it did, the shelf was very solid -- certainly good enough to get
another 8 years out of the beast.
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