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AstroChuck's avatar

How does Teflon stick to the pan?

Asked by AstroChuck (37461points) May 17th, 2008 from iPhone

I mean, it’s supposed to be non-stick, right?

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marinelife's avatar

Since DuPont protected its process, there is no exact answer. Here is some pretty darn good speculation “Teflon Sticking Process”:

MrKnowItAll's avatar

Teflon is only non-stick on one side.

msdduck's avatar

@ MrKnowItAll- How would that work?

AstroChuck's avatar

That’s just what I was going to ask.

marinelife's avatar

Duct tape? ;)

MrKnowItAll's avatar

They put the sticky side next to the pan during the manufacturing process. They tried putting the non-stick side next to the pan but that didn’t work. Besides, who would want a pan that everything stuck to?

AstroChuck's avatar

How do you have a sticky side and non-sticky side to a molecule?

ezraglenn's avatar

@knowitall, that makes no sense because in liquid form, nothing has “sides.” as a hot liquid, the Teflon is applied to the pan, and bonds to the metal. As it dries, the exposed side becomes the teflon we know and love (and, apparently get cancer from).

gailcalled's avatar

Here’s the Skinny

@MrKnowitAll: Curious that everything DOES stick to all my pans. (Turn down any dinner invitations from me.)

MrKnowItAll's avatar

Teflon is also what covers your Cat-5 cables that are within an air plenum. Not for it’s non-stick qualities, but for it’s insulating qualities, and, it does not produce toxic vapors during a fire.

gailcalled's avatar

@Mr: translation, please?

MrKnowItAll's avatar

Le teflon est également ce qui couvre vos câbles Cat-5 qui sont dans une assemblée plénière d’air. Pas pour lui est les qualités antiadhésives, mais pour lui isole des qualités, et, il ne produit pas les vapeurs toxiques pendant un feu.

marinelife's avatar

Tres amusant, mon ami.

breanne's avatar

Teflon is forced into roughly primed metal. It fills into the grooves by adhering to the bumps caused by the ground or sanded metal and then forms a smooth surface.

This history of the substance be found at about the 7:20 minute mark in this YouTube video of “Good Eats”.

gailcalled's avatar

@M qui connaît tout: Vachement drôle. Je vais Googler.
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