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Old 01-10-2007, 09:20 PM
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Removing melted plastic from a glass stove top?

Yeah, I'm a total moron and turned on the wrong burner. Melted plastic food packaging onto my glass electric stove top. It looks awful and now I'm afraid to mess with it for fear I'll scratch or otherwise damage my stove top. Does anyone know a good way to remove this without remelting it and filling the air with toxic fumes? Will acetone work? Or some other solvent? Or should I just open all the windows, remelt, and wipe furiously?

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Old 01-10-2007, 09:24 PM
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If it is going to come to scraping, a straight razor is the tool. It works like a charm for all kinds of spills and won't scratch your top. I am not sure about the plastic if it is a large solid spill though.
Old 01-10-2007, 09:26 PM
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If it is going to come to scraping, a straight razor is the tool. It works like a charm for all kinds of spills and won't scratch your top. I am not sure about the plastic if it is a large solid spill though.
It is a large solid brown blob. If it matters I can take a picture of it and post it. It's about 2"x3" and covers more than half the burner. I can't believe I did this.
Old 01-10-2007, 09:32 PM
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I'd use a single edge razor blade, easier to come by than a straight razor. Carefully work around the edges of the blob at the bottom, keeping acute an angle as possible. (as much blade as possible close to the stove. What you're trying to do is separate the blob from the glass. With a little luck, it'll come away in one piece.
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Here ya go.
Old 01-10-2007, 09:41 PM
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Depending on the plastic, covering it with an ice pack for 20 minutes might loosen it up quite a bit. The plastic and glass should have quite different coefficients of thermal expansion.
You might get lucky, and the plastic'll pop right off, or at the least you'll make it more brittle and less able to hold onto the glass as you scrape.
Old 01-10-2007, 09:47 PM
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Got out the single-edged razor and went to work. Half of it peeled off, but took a white layer with it. The glass top is white... so did I just take the surface off my stove top? Should I lay off the razor and go for solvents now, or what?

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Solvents are more likely to turn the plastic into an evil gooey mess that covers your entire stovetop than help you get the stuff off.
Old 01-10-2007, 09:52 PM
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Got out the single-edged razor and went to work. Half of it peeled off, but took a white layer with it. The glass top is white... so did I just take the surface off my stove top? Should I lay off the razor and go for solvents now, or what?

Oooops. You didn't tell me about any white layer. I think you're better off continuing, than messing about with solvents. Get as much as possible off, then give it a good scrub with soap and water (or what the manufacturer recommends). You may be left with a reminder of your misadventure.
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carry on with the razor. Tomorrow you can get a stovetop cleaner and polish it off. If the plastic already bonded with whatever white film was there, it is done. Starting out with solvent can only make it worse.
Old 01-11-2007, 01:08 AM
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Yeah, I'm a total moron and turned on the wrong burner.
Thanks for any insight.
No insights on how to fix your stove, but I'm married to a total moron, by your standards. He once shattered a Pyrex glass dish that way. The scary thing is, he's smarter than me- what's dumber than a total moron?
Old 01-11-2007, 02:29 AM
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No insights on how to fix your stove, but I'm married to a total moron, by your standards. He once shattered a Pyrex glass dish that way. The scary thing is, he's smarter than me- what's dumber than a total moron?
Well, since you asked, an idiot is. On the old-fashioned IQ scale, idiot takes the bottom, followed by moron, followed by imbicile.
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No insights on how to fix your stove, but I'm married to a total moron, by your standards. He once shattered a Pyrex glass dish that way. The scary thing is, he's smarter than me- what's dumber than a total moron?
Although it appears as pulykamell has better knowledge of the matter, I would have presumed that absolute moron or maybe ultimate moron would be dumber

Still, Pyrex shattered because of heat? You are supposed to be able to get those from the freezer onto an open flame and they won't shatter.
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I had to do it recently, from a countertop that had been installed five years ago but was still unused (the two previous tenants thought eggs came out fried).

The spatula that comes with the freezer came in very handy. The pastic would sometimes, uhm, try to imitate the cheese on a pizza and I solved this by putting iceballs on it. Iceballs are plastic balls filled with water; you freeze them like ice cubes but adding them to a drink doesn't water it and using them to cool and harden the plastic didn't make it anywhere near as wet as using ice cubes.

The back (i.e., not cutting) edge of a knife can substitute for a spatula if used with tender care, just make sure you use that edge and not the cutting edge or the point.
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Well, since you asked, an idiot is. On the old-fashioned IQ scale, idiot takes the bottom, followed by moron, followed by imbicile.
Gaudere strikes!
Old 01-11-2007, 12:01 PM
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carry on with the razor. Tomorrow you can get a stovetop cleaner and polish it off. If the plastic already bonded with whatever white film was there, it is done. Starting out with solvent can only make it worse.
There are plastic blades specifically for scraping on gentle surfaces (where a plain metal razor blade might scratch things up). If this is still an option, check local auto shops or hardware stores/home improvement centers. They look just like razor blades only they're plastic. A good paint store might carry them as well. You could also try some cheap plastic putty knives, I use those for various scraping tasks.
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Tried an ice pack, no luck. Will have to look at a plastic scraper thingie, since the bit that's left on isn't going to go easy.

So acetone, not a good idea, eh?
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Tried an ice pack, no luck.
Oh well, it works with some plastics.
Acetone might help, but as I said before, you risk a horrible mess.
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am I alone when I begin to worry about the fact that we haven't heard from the OP since?
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Although it appears as pulykamell has better knowledge of the matter, I would have presumed that absolute moron or maybe ultimate moron would be dumber
I'm not sure if I'd rather be a "total idiot" or "ultimate moron". I think I like "ultimate moron" better.

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Still, Pyrex shattered because of heat? You are supposed to be able to get those from the freezer onto an open flame and they won't shatter.
Yeah, well, putting them directly on a stove burner (electric stove with the coil burners) and turning on the burner isn't a good idea. There were little bits of glass everywhere. Fortunately, at least, he wasn't hurt.

He has also melted a plastic colander onto a stove burner. The burners, fortunately, are removable, so we had an easier time of it than the OP- we just went to Home Depot, got a new burner, and installed it, and that was that.

And he wonders why I get so paranoid every time he puts something down on the stove, and why I seem so obsessive about making sure nothing is on any of the burners if I'm turning any of them on (in case I turn on the wrong one, which has happened)...
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Tried an ice pack, no luck. Will have to look at a plastic scraper thingie, since the bit that's left on isn't going to go easy.

So acetone, not a good idea, eh?
there you were.

What happened with the razor? If it had already worked for the first half, why not the rest?
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Perhaps using a hair dryer or heat gun ($30 at the auto store) to soften the plastic before scraping would help. Might get lucky and have it come off in one chunk. If using a heat gun and plastic scraper please exercise appropriate caution to avoid making the problem worse...
Old 01-11-2007, 03:43 PM
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there you were.

What happened with the razor? If it had already worked for the first half, why not the rest?
I got the edges off but the center seems too thin to get off with a razor. I can't seem to scrape that part off without taking some of the glass with it. I don't want to ruin that burner. Maybe the hair dryer will work.
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This seems too obvious, but have you checked the owner's manual or called the manufacturer to ask for advice? My guess is that you're not the first (nor the last) person to do this.
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This seems too obvious, but have you checked the owner's manual or called the manufacturer to ask for advice? My guess is that you're not the first (nor the last) person to do this.
I bought the house used, you know, with the stove already in it. It's an old stove, I'd say decades, since this house was furnished in the 70's (and it shows-- lots of eagles and colonial dudes). I could probably go into Sears and ask someone, but why do that when you have the Internet right at your fingertips?
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