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PostSubject: Question about tupperware material   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 15, 2012 9:09 pm

I've been researching on what the cheapest way to fix my bike is. You see, some of the tabs on my front cover are broken making the tupperware stick out and rattle in the wind. I've seen videos of "plastic welding", ABS cement fixes, and even tried ABS solvent to bind the plastic. The problem is (or so I think it is) that the tupperware is NOT made of ABS plastic, and I can't seem to find out what type it is, exactly, and what I can do to melt it using solvent.

Anyone know what type of plastic it uses?
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PostSubject: Re: Question about tupperware material   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 16, 2012 3:50 pm

Had an idea.

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PostSubject: Repairs   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 16, 2012 7:40 pm

A few months ago I used ABS cement and the tape (as recommended on this forum)and repaired 4 or 5 tabs and made 2 using a die grinder to shape new ones and they almost perfect. When I reasembled the front tupperware it was like new. Not a big deal, if you are at all inclined. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Question about tupperware material   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 16, 2012 10:57 pm

What type of tape is recommended?
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PostSubject: Re: Question about tupperware material   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 17, 2012 5:05 am

Possibly this: fiberglass drywall joint tape.
I followed the link Dennis posted in the thread I posted the link to. Wink

More points for me, Doug?
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PostSubject: Tape   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 17, 2012 8:09 am

I used something called FibaTape. Self-Adhesive wall repair tape used for cracks,holes ore drywall joints.
If you don't have a die grinder or Dremmel tool you could use a flat piece of wood with sand paper on it in order to get the shape you need.I put on a small amount of ABS and then put on the tape using my fingers. That was a mistake because the black glue also sticks to your fingers very will.
Using gloves would have been a better idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Question about tupperware material   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 17, 2012 1:10 pm

I have abs solvent, abs cement , a dremmel tool with multiple tips, and a soldering iron. The abs solvent melted some scrap abs plastic I bought from a plastic shop, but did nothing to the tupperware or plastics ties I bought, so I'm guessing the bike uses a different type of plastic?
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PostSubject: Re: Question about tupperware material   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 17, 2012 8:05 pm

I once had a big crack on my side panel on another SWing that I repaired with: acetone to get the parts to initially stick together, fiberglass tape & ABS pipe cement on the back, ABS pipe cement on the front, body putty on the front, lots of sanding with wet/dry and sanding block, SEM plastic paint primer, auto metal lacquer paint, and clearcoat.

When I was all done I had spent about $100 on supplies (had a lot left over though) and it looked very very amateurishness and I was sorely disappointed - especially as I had spent the better part of 2 days doing it.

Some of my lessons-learned:
1. The acetone did a very poor job of 'melting' the abs together;
2. The abs cement on the outside did not 'feather' well - so I needed body putty;
3. The part was very strong on the back but since the 'crack' was not welded together it flexed - resulting in being able to see the crack through the paint as the paint over the crack flexed - next time I would try to heat the crack with a soldering gun/iron to melt the abs together - if there is a next time;
4. I need to get some power tools for ease in sanding/shaping - too much work by hand;
5. The painting via the aerosol can did not come out that well - maybe I would need compressed air spray painting equipment.

Since my panel was only $200 new - and it would have come pre-painted - then I am going to be inclined to buy a new panel. If I had to do a whole bike (e.g., restoration) then I may revisit this - but I clearly have much to learn about bodywork/painting.
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PostSubject: Re: Question about tupperware material   Question about tupperware material I_icon_minitimeMon Sep 17, 2012 10:44 pm

Well just call me dumb. I just did what was recommended on the forum some place and it worked, so follow the force Luke! Ha Ha.
As for the painting with the spray can, if you follow the steps correctelly as indicated on the website.,http://www.colorrite.com/ it will give you a great finish. And you will learn much on your journey to maintaining your loved one.Master
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