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Why Even A Gecko Is No Match For Teflon…


Ever since Teflon (or PTFE) was invented in 1938 by Roy J Plunkett, it’s gone on to drastically change many business sectors.

After its worldwide adoption, this “game-changer” increased efficiency, safety and profit margins in industries such as Food & Baking, Automotive, Aerospace, and countless others. 

It’s Secret To Success?

Creating a surface that has so little friction that even the common gecko, one of nature’s stickiest beasts, can’t even “get a grip”.

So, this begs the question…

Why does Teflon ONLY stick to Metal?

Well, actually…It doesn’t.

Take the common kitchen, non-stick pan for example.

If Teflon was applied to the pan directly, it would do exactly what it usually does, and slip right off.

For it to “bond” with the other surface it needs the right preparation first. Which in this case, is called Sandblasting. 

Here’s how it works:

  • The material is blasted with sand under high pressure.
  • These tough particles create microscopic cracks and holes in the surface.
  • Then a primer (first coat) of PTFE is applied which seeps into these crevices.
  • It is then subjected to High heat through baking, and during the drying process, the primer grips the metal surface.
  • Further layers of PTFE are then added and which will bond with the original primer.

Voila! Leaving you with a finished product.

Heres the thing though…

Teflon isn’t indestructible, so you should always treat it with care. Because when you do, it lasts a LOT longer.

Back To The Classic Teflon Pan…

Anyone who knows their way around a kitchen will agree, that a good quality pan is worth its weight in gold.

Unfortunately for any budding chefs out there, they can be damaged quite easily by scratching or burning the surface.

So here are Product Releases 4 Commandments for keeping your Teflon utensils as good as new:

  1. Do not burn food or leave over a heat source empty. This will weaken the carbon bonds and cause them to break, releasing fluorocarbons in the air.
  2. Clean with a sponge or soft brush. Do not make the mistake of using a metal scourer as you can easily damage the surface.
  3. Never stack your pans on top of each other as they might be damaged accidentally.
  4. Wash thoroughly after use otherwise burnt on food will react and ruin the surface.

Because when a Teflon Pan doesn’t stick…

It is in fact, just a “pan”.

If you would like to know more about how Product Release could help your industry, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts, who can discuss your problem and recommend an innovative solution that will not only help you now but will minimise future damage or repairs, giving you peace of mind.

09:37 on 2019-09-13