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Can you recoat a nonstick pan?

Updated March 18, 2017

Non-stick pans are coated with a synthetic polymer called PTFE, for polytetrafluoroethylene. Although thrifty home cooks might want to recoat non-stick pans that have become damaged or worn, the coating process is not practical to do at home.

Factory process

Recoating a non-stick pan involves using a factory process at very high heat, a process which is best suited for industrial use. The Michigan State University Extension says it would be too expensive to use this process to recoat a single pan.

Spray

Some people have reported on Internet boards that, in the past, they were able to recoat non-stick pans using a special type of aerosol spray. That spray is no longer available on the market.

Economic Considerations

Even if it were possible to recoat a single non-stick pan, it would be cheaper to just buy a new pan.

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Ruby Martes has been writing professionally since 1985, specializing in pop culture, quitting smoking and odd bits of trivia. Martes has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts in English/creative writing from San Francisco State and a Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings, where she was a law journal editor.