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Post  Snowcat on Sat Aug 02 2014, 12:24

Does anyone know if I can repair fairing panels (I believe ABS plastic) with fibreglass matting and resin. I believe the resin heats up in the curing process and is generally nasty chemical goo anyway, was wondering if it would melt/attack the fairing before I turn a small repair into a massive cock up.

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Post  past-it on Sat Aug 02 2014, 12:52

I did repair the front mudguard with fibreglass matting, I repaired the damage from the inside, and then "V" the cracks on the outside before using body filler to fill them. The surface of the ABS needs to be rough and clean for it to stick. You can get ABS glues now and they do work for short periods.

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Post  robertcains on Sat Aug 02 2014, 15:13

If it's cracked I'd weld it with a soldering iron Steve, fibreglass isn't ideal for repairing a flexible plastic as it goes solid & won't flex, it would be classed as a bodge repair within the industry
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Post  Snowcat on Sat Aug 02 2014, 16:47

@robertcains wrote:If it's cracked I'd weld it with a soldering iron Steve, fibreglass isn't ideal for repairing a flexible plastic as it goes solid & won't flex, it would be classed as a bodge repair within the industry

It's not a crack Nick it's literally just a hole approx 10 x 5 mm, I don't fancy tackling it with hot melty things, just wanted a simple repair
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Post  alleycat on Sat Aug 02 2014, 18:15

You can repair it with fibreglass and resin but it won't last go on amazon and put in plastex and buy the standard kit for around 20 bob. Has everything you need to either weld up a crack or fill in a hole. .. even has a mould to knock up a new tab etc if uve snapped something off. .. its some pretty brutal powder/chemicals but once it's cured is as strong as it was originally. Comes with full instructions how to repair all kinds of damage to abs
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Post  0ldcat on Sat Aug 02 2014, 18:47

@alleycat wrote:. . . and buy the standard kit for around 20 bob.
To those of us wot az attained a certain age  old  that's a quid that is  affraid
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