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Old 08-20-2010, 08:10 AM   #1
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so i have seen things around that you can get a plastic weld kit for abs plastic. wondering if any of you have tried it my f7 had a crack by the windshield when i bought it and it was fiberglassed up which didnt hold. where can i get one?
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Harbor Freight has one. I have one of their older ones (non adjustable heat) and it worked quite well. Wasn't purdy but probably operator error. A large crack in rear fender never cracked again after welding it.
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I've used a plastic welder before and they do work. If you practice on buckets first, you can train yourself to make a pretty clean weld. Not sure if this will work on the windscreen though, as it is made of polycarbonate (i think) but I know for sure it is not polyethelene based like the belly pans. ABS is a harder more brittle plastic. Not real sure what parts of the sled are made of this, other than the speedo housing and other small parts.

Do your homework before applying a plasti-weld. Certain types of plastic will not bond with other plastics.

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I've used a plastic welder before and they do work. If you practice on buckets first, you can train yourself to make a pretty clean weld. Not sure if this will work on the windscreen though, as it is made of polycarbonate (i think) but I know for sure it is not polyethelene based like the belly pans. ABS is a harder more brittle plastic. Not real sure what parts of the sled are made of this, other than the speedo housing and other small parts.

Do your homework before applying a plasti-weld. Certain types of plastic will not bond with other plastics.[/b]
its the hood itself thats cracked right by where the screen inserts into it. im sure i can figure out makin a good plastic weld since i will be getting my cert in flux cored and stick welding this semester!
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the only thing with welding plastic is it is WAY to easy to mess it up LOL.

When I worked at the tool rental here in town, the bossman had me stitch up a rentacan that had gotten a big crack in the outer wall, and it was looking good till I went too far with it. Turned a nice job into an ugly one quick. So, do take the time to get practiced up before working on your baby. :3

There was a crack in my sleds hood on the side near the hood latch band, and my guy repaired with with an aluminum plate and rivets. Came out tight and clean. Not sure if you can do that in the area thats broken on yours. You should be able to mend it with the welding kit. Good luck, and do show us the results!
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