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Old 10-23-2014, 10:13 PM
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Plastic repair staple gun review.

We recently got a plastic repair staple gun at the shop and I have to tell you this sucker is AWESOME!

I only have the one photo but check this out.



It's a power window switch assy out of a Ford that someone pried out breaking the piece off that holds it in. I put two staples in it after using a super glue to hold it in place while I stapled it and WHAM that baby is fixed! I forget the name of ours but there is something like it.

Autobody Store: Dent Fix Hot Stapler Plastic Repair Tool - Introductory Special

We have been fixing the broken tabs on bumpers and if you ever work with a late model car you know what I am talking about. These tabs are VERY small strips of plastic that break VERY easily and this staple gun fixes them RIGHT NOW, no waiting for glue to cure, no having the glue fail as it usually does.

This sucker is a must have for any repair shop.

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I'm surprised insurance companies don't expect shops to fix tabs on headlights with them. To think, we're used to ordering these super expensive headlights over one broken tab. I'm sure they don't like that. Cool stuff btw.
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I have a Mini-Weld model 6, and I can do the same thing with it. I agree, the thing is awesome.

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Glue never seems to work on that stuff. I have used a soldering iron a few times to melt things back together with good results. Also lacquer thinner will melt some plastics back together and the bond is surprisingly strong.
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Who pockets the money for part the that was repaired instead of replaced?

I'd be pretty pissed if something like that broke a couple months, even a couple years down the line because of a part that should have been replaced.

What kind of guarantee does the customer get?
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it won't break. Customer would never know. Those don't break often but when they do it's usually because someone pried in the wrong area or the car is just brand new. A good example of this is belt moldings. On some cars if the car is new they are near impossible to take off without warping. I mean impossible, but with a year or two of sun it will pop right off.

This wasn't broken due to an accident it was broken while removing, I assume. So there was no payment for fixing that. Any shop would do the same and lots would just booger it up with panel adhesive. I worked with a guy that broke everything and he'd use panel adhesive on everything. Every rocker cover he ever took off he'd always break the important tab into the fender/quarter that held it to the surface, then would glue it back later. I found it funny that he never learned a thing from it.
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Who pockets the money for part the that was repaired instead of replaced?

I'd be pretty pissed if something like that broke a couple months, even a couple years down the line because of a part that should have been replaced.

What kind of guarantee does the customer get?
Good question, in this case it was a freebe for the customer as it was already broken. Do we break a thing or two while taking these cars apart, of course, when we do we will replace it 99% of the time. First off we make a judgement call, was it broken because we weren't careful or did it break because it's simply a poor design and breaks on removal. MANY parts on these cars WILL break on removal be damned how good you are. Plus we look at the "industry standard" technition doing it. If the average guy would break it, then it's basically a "one time use" part and it gets replaced.

If it was broken because of the carelessness of the tech, we replace it and eat it, because that is the right thing to do. We make a judgement call on every single one on them. Believe me, the customer gets more than he deserves with stuff like this.

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Brian,

I've looked at the photo you showed, as well as the link, but I'm still a bit unclear just what this is. is it a wire staple that gets heated so the legs melt their way through the part? are the legs then bent over on the back-side? or is it a leg-less staple, similar to what would be used in the corners of a wooden picture frame, only melted into place in plastic?
looks interesting, I'm just not grasping the total concept I guess.

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We recently got a plastic repair staple gun at the shop and I have to tell you this sucker is AWESOME!

I only have the one photo but check this out.



It's a power window switch assy out of a Ford that someone pried out breaking the piece off that holds it in. I put two staples in it after using a super glue to hold it in place while I stapled it and WHAM that baby is fixed! I forget the name of ours but there is something like it.

Autobody Store: Dent Fix Hot Stapler Plastic Repair Tool - Introductory Special

We have been fixing the broken tabs on bumpers and if you ever work with a late model car you know what I am talking about. These tabs are VERY small strips of plastic that break VERY easily and this staple gun fixes them RIGHT NOW, no waiting for glue to cure, no having the glue fail as it usually does.

This sucker is a must have for any repair shop.

Brian
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Good point, sorry I didn't make it clearer.

The staple sticks into the gun then it heats up and you melt it into the plastic. You let it cool a bit before you pull off the gun off. You then cut the wires off flush with wire cutters. I used regular wire cutters and they didn't work good I should have grabbed a co-workers flush ones he uses. But you can grind it off at that point too so it doesn't have a wire sticking up.







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ahhhh… so it's really not a "staple" per-se, but simply a piece of wire that becomes buried into the plastic part to reinforce it. guess you'd have to be careful not to bury it too deep or it would come out the other side

Thanks for the extra info.
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And to add something, the gun is not hot at all when you put the staple up against the plastic, you THEN pull the trigger and it melts in and then let off the trigger staying there. And yes you can very easily push it thru, but it hasn't happened to me yet.

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Why wouldn't a Weller electric soldering gun do the same thing?
I'm going to try it.
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Anyone know who sells these?
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To address the question of warranty. Most good shops offer excellent warranties. Many life of your car.

Cool idea. Have a headlamp to try the idea on. (homebrew version)
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Why wouldn't a Weller electric soldering gun do the same thing?
I'm going to try it.
Only problem with a Weller, (or any other soldering gun) is getting a plastic coated staple to fit the gun. If you just used a homemade staple without the coating, it might not be as strong, or might melt through easier.
I actually love the idea of repairing parts vs. replacing everything. In this throw away society we have today, the landfills are full if plastic parts that couldn't be repaired previously. This appears to not only be cheaper, but environmentally friendlier too! Plus gives a worker an alternative to replacing parts.
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