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Old 03-09-2008, 08:49 PM   #1
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Does waterproof equal steamproof?


I have an over-the-range microwave and the stainless steel panel always seems to come loose from the plastic housing of the door. This is most likely due to the steam from cooking.

I can find many glues/epoxies that are waterproof. But does this necessarily mean that they are also steamproof?

Also any ideas on what I can use? I've tried 2-part epoxy and the SS panel loosened after a few months. I may try the loctite power grab roll.

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The problem with the epoxy is most likely that it is too brittle to stand the constant expansion/contraction of the adjoining parts, thus cracks; more so than as a direct result of contact from the steam itself. I do not know what the temp range of the stuff is, but I would look into a marine grade of polyurethane adhesive/sealanr, like 3M 5200. A call to their tech dept should get you that info, or a recommendation of a more suitable product if needed. There is not much in the world of adhesives/sealants that 3M does not have in it's product line.

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Did you try the manufacturer? Maybe they have a fix. I bet your not the only one with the problem.
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Well, I just placed an order for the loctite roll yesterday. We'll see if that works, and if not then I guess I'll contact them.
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The problem with the epoxy is most likely that it is too brittle to stand the constant expansion/contraction of the adjoining parts, thus cracks; more so than as a direct result of contact from the steam itself.
You're on the right track, but it actually goes to the other extreme. Epoxy is nothing more than a plastic. It's a STRONG plastic, but it IS a plastic, and it SOFTENS with the heat. I can't say with reference to epoxy glues, but I know that in tile work, the one place you can't use epoxy grout is around extreme heat, and the best way to remove epoxy grout from a joint if you have to remove a tile is with a heat gun and utility knife.
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