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Jan 10, 2008 09:45 AM

Food safe, waterproof, heat resistant adhesive for repairing whisk?

I tried searching the board and found no useful info, so I'm wondering: Do any chowhounds have experience with a food safe adhesive available retail for repairing kitchen tools exposed to heat, water, and detergent? ( I don't have a dishwasher, if that's relevant.) The only one I have found in searching online is Rhino Glue, and they don't sell retail. I'm not aware of a two part epoxy glue that meets the criteria for repairing a whisk, and think most cyanoacrylates aren't food safe. For the cost of Rhino Glue, I could buy two whisks, but I'd rather repair the one I have. I'm trying not to toss stuff into the landfill that's reparable. Any advice?

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  1. There have been many times in my life in which I have searched for the perfect adhesive for certain situations. They seldom seem to match the claims surrounding them. An adhesive to meet your needs may not exist. If it does, is it worth the expense and hassle probably relative to buying a new one and just keeping the old one?

    1. I doubt there is a glue in existence that will bond metal while also being able to withstand the abuse that a whisk's tines take during regular use, *and* also be safe for food. You could try welding it back together or soldering it, I'm not sure if there is such a thing as food-safe solder though. You could also just snip off the tine(s) that are broken and use the remaining ones.

      1. Metal whisk?

        Take it to a place that can weld it. If it's stainless, then a quick TIG weld would do the trick. High school or college shop, muffler repair shop, machine shop.

        Can you give more info on exactly how the whisk is broken?

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        1. re: ThreeGigs

          It is a difficult process to glue metals, but you can use epoxy if the times have pulled from the handle. You can repair the tines by welding, but it is a tedious job that still will not be as strong as it was previously.

          Most cities/counties have containers for steel and aluminum recycling.

        2. If you don't want to replace it (why don't you want to replace it?), have someone spot weld it. You won't ever find a glue up to the job.

          1. Sorry, I should explain. I am a property manager and thus have access to many different adhesives in maintenance. No rhino glue, and none of them say they're food safe, but many don't have original packaging. I don't know about soldering, but will check that out. I think I've seen a blow torch out there...

            The whisk is broken where the wire inserts the handle, and it's a good balloon shape, large and nice weight. The hole is clean, no rust, and it looks reparable. It's a good drive to the nearest recycling center that takes steel here, and out of my way. I suppose I could let it roll around my car's backseat for a few months before I might pass that way, though! Considering that I have access to glues already, I just thought it might not be difficult to repair it rather than replace it. I just needed more info and wasn't finding it with a google search. I'm trying to get away from the toss and replace mentality, plus am on a tight budget at present.

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            1. re: amyzan

              If you use solder, get the safe kind with no lead. You will also need flux.

              1. re: Jimmy Buffet

                You can't solder stainless steel. I don't know what rules and regulations there might be regarding "food safe" plastics, but the handle of the whisk isn't likely to get into whatever you're whisking, so just use whatever epoxy you have handy. It's just about the strongest plastic available, and you don't need to lay it on thick. If you're really concerned about health issues, toss the whisk, and remember not to put your fingers in your mouth after you've played tennis with your graphite-epoxy racket.

              2. re: amyzan

                Have you tried Liquid Solder? This is available in car parts store, such as Strauss. I have used it to repair a leak on the bottom side of a Revere kettle. The brand I have is by Permatex - it is just a couple of dollars, not expensive. Since the wire is where it inserts into the handle, it is not likely that you would get food up to the hilt. If food splatters into there, it can be washed out. I think this solder would not actually touch any food you would consume.