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Old 03-28-2006, 09:48 AM
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I got a bit ham handed pulling off the plastic door panel of an older dodge truck and managed to break the two small screw pockets (for lack of a better description) that hold the panel to the door. Is there a way to glue these things back? This panel is probably not going to be found anywhere so replacing it is not an option. I am in a bit of a spot here and any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

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There is this stuff that they are starting to use in the car audio scene... its some sort of cyanoacrylate adhesive (which i have no clue what that is.) the only place ive found that stuff is from a site on the net... but if you have a plastic shop around you (industrial paints and plastics... fibertek...) something of the sort they should have a product that will glue the plastic for you... check out the yellow pages. The thing with plastics is it takes different glues to glue different plastics... so its best to talk to a plastic guy to get the right product for your job
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Door panel plastic

Try 5 min. epoxy. I used it on a plastic panel in suburban once and it worked very well. Make sure you clean up the excess before it sets or it will stick in the pebbled finish and be hard to get out without scratching the surface. Been there, done that, bought the Teeshirt.
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I found this two part Plastic at Home depot. IF your need to repair or fill in a broken tab or add it to the back of a part to make it stronger this stuff works great I was impress how well it bond and dry with in a bout 5 min. You can file it shape it. I used it to repair all my broke plastic parts on my 1980 chevy truck and on my sons 1989 chevy truck gauge cluster.

Anyway its call Plastic fusion. Only one thing else it does give a heavy plastic smell and would make sure you use a fan.

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Thanks guys, It is on the inside so appearance is unimportant. I am about to head out to see what I can find now that I have an idea of what to look for, I will let you know how it comes out.

Thanks again
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Harbor Freight has a plastic welding kit on sale for $29 right now. Never used one though. My buddy uses a product called Plexus.
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Just a follow up, I could not find any of the exact stuff you guys are talking about (one of the draw backs of living out in the country) but I did find a house brand at ACE hardware that seems to be the same two part epoxy. It takes 24 hours to set but once it does it seems to be really strong and I think it has solved my problem. I had never heard of an epoxy that would stick to plastic and I always thought that plastic glues had to be some sort of a solvent, maybe this has a solvent in it? Whatever, I have learned a new trick. Thanks everyone

Jim, Next time I am in HF I will pick up one of those plastic welders, looks handy.
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