Monday, December 15, 2008
a light coat of spray paint on the inside and it is ready for installation.
It is being left as is on the outside, the appearance of this repair will not affect
cosmetic condition of the vehicle. It is kind of a "Rat Rod" and adds to its theme.
It is actually in better shape now than it was before the accident.
No more baling twine holding the center bar up.
If appearance was an issue, the 8115 Panel bond could be leveled with
coarse sand paper, primed and painted for a flawless repair.
Ready for another round.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
A critical area has been prepared and is ready
for bonding with 3m 08115 Panel Bond.
The panel bond has been allowed to cure, about 4hrs, and
the original break has now been prepared to be bonded.
The bumper cover can now support itself, the bubble in the level is centered.
The outside is done except for a few small areas. It feels like one secure piece.
Now it is time to reinforce the inside.
Strips of SEM 7006 reinforcement tape has been cut and fit.
Close up of tape in place on prepared surface.
Note the coarse sanding and the open pores in the plastic.
This is necessary for maximum adhesion.
Put down plenty of 8115, and work it into the seem before
laying down the reinforcement tape.
More after it is cured!
Friday, November 21, 2008
areas that aligned have been bonded.
The piece has been completely glued and fits very well.
This area was broken before the mishap, the baler twine that is wrapped around it has
been holding it in place for a few thousand miles.
The break has been gouged out and cut back in to acomadate a few stands of the baler
twine (cleaned with enamal thinner), for reinforcement, this seems like a much better
idea than the stainless welding rod used previously.
The twine will flex, the welding rod will most likely help to pull the glue off the
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Applying heat was tried but the plastic expanded too much and moved around when heat was applied
Close up of prepared splice.
are ground at an angle to help the bonding material hold.