I need your help

Our pizzas are huge – they take up an entire table. This leaves no room for plates or drinks…

So, we recently found pizza stands (that were large enough for our 24″ pans) to raise the pie above the table so that the condiments and plates can share the table with the pizza.

The only problem is that the pizza pan slips right off of the stands, which causes more problems than we started with.

We need to doctor the stands with some sort of grippy coating so that the pizza pans won’t slip off. I bought some of that adhesive tread for stairs and tried to glue that on – it only made it even more slippery.

Can you think of anything that we could try? A spray or glue or ??? It also must be washable and not have too many crevices where food particles could get stuck.

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13 Responses to I need your help

  1. dave says:

    Try this http://www.duckproducts.com/products/detail.asp?catid=1&subid=3&plid=15

    You can get this at any Wal-Mart or perhaps Bi-Mart.

  2. Keeneye says:

    I have to be able to put it through the dishwasher, though, so duct tape won’t work…

  3. Katie says:

    We’ve used DIY paint-on bed liner on our vehicles. It was easy to apply and had a pretty rubbery consistency. I think it would be dishwasher-safe too.
    By the way – the restaurant looks great, I can’t wait to eat there!

  4. paperseed says:

    I would try finding a washable or outdoor fabric (like pleather) that you can make strips (envision big rubber bands) that will fit over that top section. They would work both as a pan support and provide a non-slip surface. Sort of like a DWR Risom chair except only in one direction (http://www.dwr.com/productdetail.cfm?id=7226).

    I see it in my mind, but not sure I’m describing it properly. Good luck!

  5. paperseed says:

    There is also pipe insulation (usually grey colored, from home depot in the plumbing section). My husband covered our vehicles roof rack bars with this stuff to make a budget, yet slip-resistant and weather proof rest for our surfboards. Someone would probably have to sew them smaller though.

  6. paperseed says:

    I bet you could also drape a slightly damp towel across the span of bars that would keep the pizza pans from slipping. Although that might not look so good on a customer’s table, but it would work while you find a better option!

    Okay, I’ll stop commenting now. I don’t want you to feel like I’m spamming!

  7. Missy says:

    Can you rough them up with a metal file? That might work.

  8. Deltasierra says:

    In the interim (between finding a permanent solution and the current issue), you could buy large rolls of shelf liner (WAY cheap and plentiful at your local Wal-Mart or other department store, probably even found at hardware stores) and cut them into rectangles that you could drape over the stand before putting the pizza down. Of course, you would have to experiment to make sure the pizza won’t melt the liner, but I think it’s pretty durable. It seems I’ve seen trivets made out of the stuff (of course, a giant silicone trivet would probably work just as well as the shelf liner).

    It may not work for the long term, but it might serve till you find something better. 🙂

  9. dave says:

    “I have to be able to put it through the dishwasher, though, so duct tape won’t work…”

    No, This is Rubber Tape – NOT Duct Tape. You spiral wrap the Tape around the metal. This Tape has no adhesives but will bind upon itself. However, I don’t know how it will stand up to the heat of a dishwasher.

    Give it a shot.

  10. Tom says:

    Try sandblasting the metal surface with a coarse grit. You might contact the very nice folks at Natural Stucturals Broadway and 10th. They do lots of metal working.

    Tom

  11. Barley says:

    Cut some beer line (or simular tubing) into 4 inch sections, then slice it length-wise and put it over the wire. Could secure with small zip-ties, or just take them off before machine washing.

  12. Tyler says:

    American Metalcraft makes black plastic sleeves that go on that rack, both to prevent sliding on the table and the pan from moving. I’ll stop by with contact information.

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