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Has anyone tried plastic welding body panels? My son's 170 has a cracked hood and I can't see paying $500 馃 for a new one.
 

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The tailgate on my 2015 Ranger 570 XP cracked soon after I got it. I disassembled the tailgate and used a Harbor freight plastic welder to weld it back together from the inside. It's still holding up today.

If I ever have to do it again the one thing I will do is to get some aluminum window screen and melt it into the plastic as a reinforcement, much like laying up Fiberglas.

There are some pretty good videos on YouTube showing plastic welding of automotive bumpers that may help.


There are also plastic staplers today which look interesting.
Just put on your bug spray before you watch the video.;)


Less than $30 on Amazon

Maybe a combination of the two would work well.
 

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@pyromedic thanks for the info I will give it a try. I wonder how hard it would be to make it blend in on the top side?
 

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@pyromedic thanks for the info I will give it a try. I wonder how hard it would be to make it blend in on the top side?
In my case the crack barely shows on the outside so I didn't worry about it. I would imagine that if you install the staples or screen from the back side and then use the same finishing procedures auto body people use to finish plastic bumpers the repair would probably be invisible from the outside. Of course this would involve filling and painting with special fillers and paints made for plastics. I'm pretty sure you could color match even though the rest of the body has the color molded into the plastic by using a good auto body paint supplier.
 
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I just ordered the staple kit (without the mosquitoes). We will see how it goes. Thanks again for thr help.
 

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@pyromedic thanks for the info I will give it a try. I wonder how hard it would be to make it blend in on the top side?
Carbon fiber vinyl wrap the hood. Or a strategically placed racing stripe to cover the fix.
3m 1080 is good material.
 
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Assuming I at any point need to rehash it the one thing I will do is to get some aluminum window screen and liquefy it into the plastic as a support, similar as laying up Fiberglas.
 
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