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Offline ford-bldr

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Plastic Welding our pesky dash cracks
« on: November 12, 2023, 07:47:44 AM »
Came across these vids using materials for reinforcement.

Tried plastic welding before but the material got thinner and the cracks came back.

This could also be used for attaching a backing plate for better mounting locations etc.

Your milage may vary...

Use stainless materials for our marine environment.

Seems like you would want to squeeze seams together - at least initially - to get a tighter seam...
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Offline awc105

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Re: Plastic Welding our pesky dash cracks
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2023, 02:41:36 PM »
For what it's worth, when I was repairing cracks in the dash of my CV16 I used some ABS pipe cement (

I drilled a hole at each end of the crack to stop it from spreading, then cut a groove into the crack with a ball end stone on my dremel. I filled the groove with the ABS cement, I also applied it to the surface behind the crack. I bought a sheet of 1/16" black ABS off of amazon


and cut it into strips that were then applied behind the crack to stiffen it. Since the ABS cement has a solvent in it, it actually melts the material together to form a sort of plastic "weld"

Once, the cement cured, I went back and sanded it smooth :)

Since ABS is a basic thermoplastic, it is fairly easy for it to be re-welded and bond to itself to make a durable repair.

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Offline Hyperacme

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Re: Plastic Welding our pesky dash cracks
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2023, 05:58:06 PM »
I added this to your other thread ..