Enamel pot fix ??

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I have a large and terribly useful enamel-coated metal canner that has developed a rust spot. I know from experience that if I do nothing, it will rust through and I will be left with a huge strainer. Does anybody know of a product or process that can fix this while still leaving it useful for canning and cooking in. I'd settle for just canning if I had too.

-- Soni (thomkilroy@hotmail.com), August 07, 2000


I used a dremel tool and sanded a small area in and around the chip. Than I mixed a small amount of High Temperture Epoxy and coated the area. Not the best looking fix in the world as the epoxy is green and the enamel is blue but it has held for 5 years so far.

-- Joel Rosen (Joel681@webtv.net), August 07, 2000.

One use to be able to buy an aluminum patch kit, (for enamel pots) in Dime stores, but I can't even find a dime store anymore. I think that Lehman's have what you want, (or they did) The patches come in different diameters and it is like a large rivet, you drill out the spot and put a piece on each side and snap them together. I patched an enamel dipper 20 years ago with 2 pieces of aluminum tape, the hole was 1/4" and I stuck them tape on either side and to itself in the hole, it is still holding but it probably would not with hot water.

-- Hendo (redgate@echoweb.net), August 07, 2000.

Soni! Mom has the same problem as you do. Two big dishpans she uses for other things and they have both developed leaks. The name of the product she wants is called "Mend it". She has some left from years past but they are incomplete or too small. We're still lookin for a supplier as our local hardware stores just look at you funny when you ask for'm. Good luck in your search. If we can locate'm I'll post where. Matt. 24:44

-- hoot (hoot@pcinetwork.com), August 07, 2000.

Hoot, do you know who manufactured the Mend It kit? Might be able to do a search on the internet and find the manufacturer and then a distributor or the manufacturer might sell them direct. I remember those kits too. My mom used them to patch all kinds of things. But that was back in the "waste not, want not" era. LOL

-- Green (ratdogs10@yahoo.com), August 07, 2000.

Soni, My son is a mechanic and 'patched my canning pot' with the welding equiptment he uses. I can only use it now for canning, dying, soap or other non-food contact. I find large pots and canning stuff so cheaply at yard/thrift sales, it's hardly worth repairing and/or keeping items that I can only use for one or two things. A leaking pot just became a planter. Shabby Chic! We recycled when it wasn't the in thing to do!

-- Kathy (catfish@bestweb.net), August 07, 2000.

We fixed my mothers' blue speckled enamel water bath canner by sanding the rust spot down and coating it over with a spot of JB weld compound. It worked for years as a canner, never tried it on cooking utensils.

-- Jay Blair (jayblair678@yahoo.com), August 10, 2000.

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