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Posted January 27, 2013 - 03:34 PM

Neat! I'll have to try that. What wattage did you have the iron on?



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Posted January 27, 2013 - 03:45 PM

Neat! I'll have to try that. What wattage did you have the iron on?


40 watt. 20w is to low to melt.

BTW, expect to throw the tip away after this, it will never be good to solder with again.
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Posted January 27, 2013 - 04:16 PM

40 watt. 20w is to low to melt. BTW, expect to throw the tip away after this, it will never be good to solder with again.

Or save it for the next plastic project!


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Posted January 27, 2013 - 05:23 PM

Looks like the cloth works, good stuff. :thumbs:

 

Years ago, back when I worked in the TV repair shop we had to do a lot of repairs like the dash your working on. Sets would come in with broken backs, plastic housings from being dropped or handled to roughly.

We would do exactly what you've done except we used a larger soldering iron and short pieces of copper wire. 1" to 1-1/2 long, placed across the break and melted into the plastic every 1/4" to 1". Sometimes we bent the wire in an S shape and we were always able to fix the part, fuse it back together running the tip along the break.

1 side would always be messy looking the other would have just a visible hair line in it.

Soldering iron we used with a chisel tip. #8200

 

http://www.apexhandt...=Soldering Guns

 

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 06:52 PM

Alan, thanks for the Pic's and video.  The HF plastic welding iron I got in this kit would work well for melting the mesh into the plastic.  That is what I did on the corners of the seat I repaired. 


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Posted January 27, 2013 - 06:59 PM

Very nice instructions Alan will help alot of people out. :thumbs:


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Posted January 27, 2013 - 07:03 PM

Nice work Alan. On a similar note I would like to point out that your statement is true.

 

Alan said: "Just ask my friends, I don't do "pretty" very well. :D"

 

I think I sold you a prime example, a winning tractor, for Ugly Month lol.


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Posted January 27, 2013 - 07:03 PM

Alan, thanks for the Pic's and video.  The HF plastic welding iron I got in this kit would work well for melting the mesh into the plastic.  That is what I did on the corners of the seat I repaired. 


Man, for $15, that kit is a no brainier. Thanks for sharing :thumbs:
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Posted January 28, 2013 - 08:35 PM

OK, got the time tonight to hit it with a coat of paint, if I had a smaller paint brush, the letters would be neater. I can do them again anytime and I noticed my wife's tolerance is drying up faster than the paint :D

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Anyways, it's done for now. Even a dash this bad can be saved or at least brought back to usable.
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Posted January 28, 2013 - 09:06 PM

Alan I think it came out quite well.  I looks good in the photo's.


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Posted January 29, 2013 - 03:52 AM

Looks good Alan. Thanks for this thread. Very useful info. I'm just wondering if

the wife's tolerance got tested, by laying the dash in the bed? That's like telling

her to sleep on the couch. :smilewink:



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Posted January 29, 2013 - 04:35 AM

That looks pretty good, Alan! Thanks for the tutorial!


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Posted January 30, 2013 - 09:07 AM

Great article.  I never had very good luck repairing plastic but never thought of using drywall tape as a reinforcement.

I have done body work on old trucks before using a filler that we called "Tigers Hair."  It was a fiberglass mix that was full of fibers.  You mixed it with hardener and used it like bondo, but the fibers gave it added strength.  Also it was fiberglass epoxy and stronger than Bondo.  It also came with a piece of fiberglass cloth but drywall tape is sticky and you could tape up the repair first and smear the tigers hair over it.  That stuff didn't make a pretty repair but did make a strong repair.  I forgot what the product was called.  Maybe it was called tigers hair.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 10:25 PM

Great article! Thanks!


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Posted February 06, 2014 - 09:51 AM

I had forgot all about this and missed it for some reason.

alan, need your address, got two dashes coming your way  :poke:  :wave:  :D


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