Sharing ABS repair


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JohnUSA
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Sharing ABS repair

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ABS repairs-small can of black ABS glue from plumbing aisle, along with a piece of ABS if you don't have any. As you go along and make repairs, the ABS in the can will get thicker and thicker. You can buy a new can, and pour a little in the old can to "refresh" it, and get it to the working consistency you want. MEK works also, if you have some. I chose not to buy a can of MEK. It's nasty stuff.

I like it a bit thicker, not quite toothpaste consistency. The working time is very short, but it is good to build up small layers, or use to hold a smaller piece in place.

Here is one (of many) recent repairs. Technique keeps getting refined after each attempt. I also have some spare factory ABS to scavenge from, which is handy.

Broken grommet hole-who wants to buy a new one panel? Too expensive.



I have several pieces of ABS to scavenge from, and found a piece with a hole that was pretty close:



A little filing, rasp and dremel got it close for dry fit. It doesn't need to be exact, because thicker ABS glue will fill the gap.



Pretty close to being finished. With thicker consistency ABS glue, it holds it nicely in place while it cures. I put a small gusset on the end to help reinforce, but forgot to take pic:





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Put some acetone in the mix to make it more slurry.

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Working with ABS glue and sheets can be interesting, rewarding and, at times, frustrating. In another post, I discussed there being bubbles in my finished product and still working on resolving it.

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Corkster52 wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:01 am
there being bubbles in my finished product and still working on resolving it.
Once it hit me that I was spending way too much time on getting (and keeping) the ABS component that I was trying to fix warm in the garage and removed it to finish in the basement, the bubbles were considerably less. ;)



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