Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement


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Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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While working on my trike, I placed the right side cover in the back seat.............after fixing things, I decided to go for a ride.......you've probably already guested it, I forgot about the side cover in the rear seat............a short way down the street I heard the sound of the cover flying out of the back seat and of all the places to land it managed to fly up and away and back down under the right rear tire..........where I promptly ran over it before I even realized what was going on.

I've read a number of articles about the wonder of ABS solvent cement and now I am a true believer and encourage everyone to get their own can, just in case you too may have a senior moment. I'm really impressed with the strength of the repair, the cement itself when spread thickly on the damaged area seems to work without any reinforcement............but not to take any chances, I purchased a piece of ABS from Amazon and cut some strips to lay in the cracked areas. Without a forum like this I would not have had a clue on how to fix this properly..........great to have such a large repository of great information.........pray for the continued good health of WingAdmin.

On a side note........I'm going to start using a hook to remove the side covers rather than pulling on them with my fingers.....works a whole lot better and not so much distortion on the side cover...........I always cringe like I'm going to bust off a post



This really worked nice for sanding off the paint and preparing the area for cement


Crack in side cover, one vertically and another horizontally


Another view of crack


Repaired this area with cement only


Reinforcement strips of ABS sheet 1/8" thick laid on crack and covered
in ABS cement, I was generous with the cement


Repaired side cover, I also repaired a broken cover post while I was at it.
I also checked the center to center on the post and it did not match my
trike body hole centers, off by 1/2", probably why post broke in the first place.



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Re: Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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ABS glue works wonders on ABS.
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Re: Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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This would have been a good time to embed a metal loop into the cement, which can be used to attach a retaining cable onto.

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Re: Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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I will be doing that now that I know how easy it is to glue something to the cover..............thanks

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Re: Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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Great repair job, and you're right, repairing it with ABS pieces and cement like that will make for an extremely strong repair!

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Re: Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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I had one of those mounting tittie things break off the sidecover.
I reinstalled it with ABS cement.
It's been months.
So far, so good.
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Re: Senior Moment and ABS Solvent Cement

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That crack, OUCH!
Makes me want to add some ABS slurry thickness on the back before it cracks. :shock:


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