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teflon ( ptfe ) tape melting how to Answered

Hello,
I am looking for a viable way to melt some teflon tape so to form a sort of spiraled tube .
I am thinking of wrapping it around a steel tube and heating the tube up to 600 °F  or such .
How should I heat the steel tube so to melt the teflon not  permanently bonding it (teflon) to the tube surface ?


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It tends to decompose when you get it that hot, and in also considering what it might cost you in tape you're probably best buying some.
(It's not really a melty-polymer)

L


I think it would be far cheaper to make it as described in the picture as it would be thinner (should fit inside a pvc tube when completed) .
As I intend to make a liquid light guide I need only the particoular IR of teflon ,not temp or abrasion resistance.
I guess I should look into inductors for heating pourposes.


It doesn't form that easily, and if you do attempt that temperature be sure to vent the area.
I find www.altecweb.com/ offering PTFE tubes by the metre (I don't know whether that would suit you)
Good luck anyway.

L

I 'll take care to vent the area as it produces toxic fumes at high temperatures.
I spotted that site from your previous url, sounds good enough.
Thanks
P.S: I found this explaining how a inductance heater might work:
www.richieburnett.co.uk/indheat.html

He he that website's so 90s!

Oh yes. I guess somethings just don't get updated?

L