filling holes in plastic


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fibersport
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filling holes in plastic

Post by fibersport » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:54 pm



Now that winter is getting close to breaking around here, thoughts of getting my 1500 out are starting up. One winter project I never got to was to remove the gaudy chrome bars one of the previous owners installed on the side covers, saddlebag covers, trunk sides and saddlebag tops. I really don't want to repaint the whole bike, at least not just yet. My thoughts were to fill the holes with something, find a close color and touch up the new "plugs" and then put some pinstriping in a design that would cover the touched up plugs. I know it isn't going to be perfect but it will look better than the chrome stuff - to me at least.

In any case, can anyone give me a suggestion on what I can use to plug the holes? I had thought of some epoxy or something like that, it should be something that won't shrink or swell. Any help is appreciated.

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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by dvcruz » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:11 am

Hi.
I had the same issue when I picked up a new-to-me '93 a while back. The previous owned had mounted something on the lid of the trunk and when I got the bike, it had two holes it. One was about a 1/4 inch in dia and the other maybe 3/8 inch. I knew I was going to repaint the bike someday (the red paint had faded to pink or silver all over the bike). In the meantime, I went to my local Ace Hardware and picked up a couple of black plastic plugs that you just pressed into the holes. The plugs are almost flat and about the diameter of a dime or nickel. Once you put them in, you don't even notice them anymore and they keep out the rain and dust. Later, when I repainted the bike, I just took them out before repainting, then stuck them back in later. Having them in doesn't bother me at all because unless you point them out, no one going to notice.
I can take a picture tomorrow if you're interested.
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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by fibersport » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:35 am

I know exactly what you are talking about. I actually have a bunch of them that might just fit, my holes are maybe 3/16". Actually my son bought a new car that had holes for a front license plate which IN does not have, would you believe someone actually makes the plugs painted to match factory colors to fill the holes from the screws? Plugs would be a quick way and I could probably spray them to closely match, pinstripes could then still be optional ..... thanks.

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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by RBGERSON » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:01 am

Black ABS cement from the back..tape across the outside. Shave up some black plastic ABS mix in with the ABS cement apply..smooth out let dry. If you taped well and didn't push to hard it should be flush on the outside. Helps if you apply light pressure from the outside with a flat piece of wood/metal, plastic to keep the cement from leaking out while working into the hole.
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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by minimac » Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:23 am

For a hole that small, just the ABS glue will work by itself, especially if you are going to cover with pinstipes or striping tape. No matter how small the shavings are made it will still be "lumpy'.

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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by MikeB » Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:57 pm

Stick an appropriate sized LED in the holes.
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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by dvcruz » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:15 pm

Just to be sure we're talking about the same thing, here's the plugs I put on my bike. Being made of soft plastic, they should be easy enough to paint.
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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by fibersport » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:53 pm

Well I tried the ABS adhesive, would have been fine except it shrunk when it dried. I found my small plastic plugs which will fit most of the holes perfectly, they will stand a little proud of the surface but they may work. I will need to get a few others in larger sizes for some of the other holes. Now my problem is finding some paint to match. I guess there aren't many light blue metallic cars out there, maybe 30 years ago but not now. My plans are to repaint at a later date, like in the next year or two so buying custom mixed paint would be wasted money as it wouldn't last on the shelf. I'll try finding some model paint or maybe even try a hobby shop. Thanks for all the reply's -

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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by Stew » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:39 pm

For maybe only a little more than hobby paint you can get your exact color from a few places online, I think Carmel Blue PB-224 is the color of your bike, for $16.95 you get a standard size touch up bottle:
https://touchupdirect.com/touch-up-pain ... _year=1990

Actually, I have a couple of nicks I'd like to touch up too, I may just have to get one of these for mine.
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Re: filling holes in plastic

Post by fibersport » Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:56 am

You know, just after I posted my last reply, I thought of doing a search for my paint code, touchupdirect popped up. Nice thing if it's anything like car paint touch up it lasts for years on the little bottles.



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