Best way to repair/rebuild a plastic side panel?

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So what’s the best way to repair/rebuild a plastic side panel? I’m thinking fibreglass matting is just to brittle. Are there company’s out there that specialise?

Peter Roberts:

Right then. Fibreglass and plastics don’t usually work well together. Best fix I have found is nail varnish remover and Lego…
Find a few Lego bricks of the nearest colour to your panel, chop into small pieces and mix with small amount of acetone (nail varnish remover) to form a paste. Scratch around damaged area to increase bond and apply mix. Use wide masking tape over area to flatten whilst curing.
Very strong fix – have used this to re-attach panel fixing pips – permanently.

Ben 6 years 25 Answers 1854 views 0

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    I was about to ask the same question.😊😊😊

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    Fibreglass not brittle mate,bulletproof a lot of 70,s BSA and triumph had f,glass panels and tanks.

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    Soldering iron n a coat hanger for filler material is the shed bodge

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    I used acetone and abs , you can make a glue out of the two mixed together, rough the area on the rear of the panel and apply the mix allow to harden off for 24hrs

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    Ime repairing a1951 tractor with roofing fibreglass,excellent results

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    I have repaired many a side panel with fibreglass if you prepare the surface well it will last a lifetime

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    Fibreglass on the inside. Chopped strand mat. Just make sure you use a compatible resin.

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    Hot staple gun snap on does them brilliant tool

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    Plastic in motoscycle??? oh yea tail light lens.

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    Soldering iron to put back together and keep shape and then fibreglass for support and to get the shape back. Spraying is someone else’s job 😜

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    Not sure if it’s appropriate to your situation but plastic weld is strong and can be cleaned up to a smooth finish

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    Make sure you roughen the surface as the resin won’t bond well to gloss/smooth areas.

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    Soldering iron and zip tie as filler rod.

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    solding iron to stich it together , hard but plyable plastic to fill in so zip ties or pringles lid ( cut the edge off ) etc . then score the shit out the back ( 40 grit ) , bit of resin fiberglass then the lid of a tin of beans and another layer to cover it which re-enforces the lot , why beans ? well its easy to cut bend and shape . Dont stick an inch of resin then the metal then another layer , you want the metal close to the plastic . Perminant fix …..

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    I bought some filler rods from.ebay. yet to try them

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    Just put new ones on.

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    Plastex every time.

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    Epoxy and light weight carbon fibre tape. \nIt depends on the damage. Brilliant kit on eBay called hot staples. There is a guy in Scotland that repairs them.\nI repaired mine with the carbon tape but then I worked in carbon for a job

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    Plastic welding rods available on eBay hot air gun and patience.

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    I have a few damaged panels on my 98 R1 which I want to repair, any I right in guessing these are made of ABS?

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    hiI think most panels are ABS, so if you get welding rods, make sure they are for ABS, the older the panels it seems the more brittle they are I find in my opinion, good luck fella.

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    soildering iron and cable ties weld it together, think along the lines of tig welding using the cable ties as welding rods and the soildering iron as the welding torch ! best way i can explain it

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    The modern plastic panel/bumper repair adhesives are brilliant. They set rock hard in minutes and have amazing ashesion. Just make sure the surfaces are rough and clean. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Plastic-Repair-Fix-Glue-Mesh-Body-Moldings-Panels-Car-Bumpers-Crack-Bridging/282232286078?epid=526725276&hash=item41b65aeb7e:g:2f0AAOSwugtZu8Ei Once made strong then use ordinary body filler to get the finished shape.

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    Ben, it really depends on what the plastic is. Best bet is to get it ultrasonically welded if possible.

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