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Using ABS glue to repair rear storage door pivot pin

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:23 pm
by JohnUSA
Just sharing my repair. Was half hour, or so, of work, and saved the cost of buying a new storage pocket.

The pivot pin on the right had been snapped off, so the door would go all floppy when it was opened.

I had an old abs coupling in a junk drawer. Using a pair of side cutters, I cut out a small "chunk", approximating the size of the missing pin.

I put on a layer of ABS on the front and side of the affected area, and let it sit for a couple minutes. I applied another layer, and then embedded the "chunk" into it, approximating the location of the original pin.

I needed to wait until it was close to being "set", but was still kind of pliable. I placed the door over the pin, and then closed it so it could set up. Now, works great.

Have been using ABS glue for repairs like this for years. Try it if you have something broken...nothing to lose.



Re: Using ABS glue to repair rear storage door pivot pin

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:58 pm
by Edls
I know its an older article, but i found a better way to make plastic and replace or make the pins/tabs we break.... Super Glue and Baking soda equal amounts make plastic hard enough to file and shape into almost anything try it :>
Ed

Re: Using ABS glue to repair rear storage door pivot pin

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:22 pm
by WingAdmin
Edls wrote: Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:58 pm I know its an older article, but i found a better way to make plastic and replace or make the pins/tabs we break.... Super Glue and Baking soda equal amounts make plastic hard enough to file and shape into almost anything try it :>
Ed
There are quite a few products that make very hard adhesives and plastic compounds that you can use to fashion repairs, but none of them adhere as well as plain old ABS, because that's what our bodywork is made of. So making a repair made of ABS, and fastening it in place with ABS glue, means the existing ABS bodywork actually melts (chemically) as does the repair, and the two bond together into a single piece of ABS. It can't break free, because it's now one piece of plastic.

Other repairs, especially those that are very hard (ABS is quite soft) tend to break free when adhered to ABS, as the ABS will flex with pressure and temperature, while the repair will not.