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Old 05-09-2008, 08:17 PM   #11
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anyone ever used one of those cheap plastic welders from harbor freight? i was curious if it was worth my money
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Old 05-09-2008, 11:29 PM   #12
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I have used plastic welder and soldering guns in the past.
Usually when you heat plastic so that it melts it becomes brittle, i would rather bond plastic using epoxy then make it brittle.
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:03 AM   #13
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Absolutely fantastic! very informative right-up.
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:46 PM   #14
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So, what kind of plastic are the fairings made from? I've seen quite a few write-ups on the net about using acetone to disolve ABS shavings to make a cement.

Basically, the acetone melts the ABS. When it dries, it is ABS again. I was planning on notching out the cracks as described in this post and then bonding them together using the ABS/acetone slurry. The slurry slightly melts/disolves the fairing when applied and the whole thing dries into one piece.
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The plastics are ABS. Rather than using the acetone, why not try ABS cement? You can get it at Lowes or Home Depot.
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The plastics are ABS. Rather than using the acetone, why not try ABS cement? You can get it at Lowes or Home Depot.
or better yet Abs epoxy designed to repair damaged ABS.
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The epoxy would be better. The cement tends to dry brittle from what I've read.
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:39 PM   #18
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Great post.
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From my research, I understand that the ABS cement is made from ABS and acetone. Not sure, haven't read the label. Nice thing about make your own is that you can make it as thin or think as you want. Looks like I'll be trying this in the next month or two. Will keep you posted.
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:28 PM   #20
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I found on my 90 CBR600 that super glue and baking soda worked well for fixing cracks or breaks.
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