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Old 03-14-2004, 09:17 AM
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Plastic Welders

We use PVC sheet plastic and some ABS plastic for our interior panels at my shop. Mostly 1/8" thick, every once in awhile we will use 1/4" thick. On some pieces, it would be nice to be able to weld a gusset or two to strengthen the piece. I have no idea what to look for in a plastic welder. Air powered, airless? There are plenty of them on eBay, are any of those worth while?

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Old 03-14-2004, 11:54 AM
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Tho its been many years since I've worked in the Trim business. My dad had one of the first air powered welders and it worked very well. The biggest problem is getting the technique correct.
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Old 03-19-2004, 11:31 PM
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I have heard these are great but have not tried them.
http://www.urethanesupply.com/5500ht.html

For all but like ATV plastics I use some stuff I get at auto zone, it is called plastic weld and comes in a 2 part black tube. This stuff works, I made a pattern out of some plastic slats I broke out of an old AC. I glued each part up then used that to make the alloy part. Then I figured I would see how strong it was, I could not get it to break at the seam unless I grabbed right against it and work at it. I have also glued broken dash trim tabs back on and never had them break.
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Old 03-19-2004, 11:40 PM
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Huh... This proves I am still a young

I never knew there were plastic welding kits out there. I always used a soldering iron to weld up plastic, but this is awesome there are kits for it!
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Old 03-22-2004, 05:55 PM
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Air powered plastic welder? I worked at a place called R. Johansons then sold quads and stuff, so we did a lot of repairs on fenders and side panels. We used strips of plastic off old junked quads, fed it into this soldering gun deal it worked pretty slick.
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