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That is a really good video. Thanks for posting it.
 

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icing777,

Thanks for posting this video. I had never seen that done before and it is very useful information.

Thanks again and God Bless.
 

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Another good way is to light one of those cable ties on fire and let the burning, molten plastic drip onto what you are trying to seal or weld. It works great but of course you want to be careful of dripping it on your fingers and the open flame could be hazardous around flammables.
 

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Couold have used that info last winter when repairing a couple of broken tabs. Great information. Thanks for posting it.
 

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Great post..I work in a body shop and this is real deal.
 

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Thanks icing777 great video I bookmark it next to all my other fix it video.
Hope I don't need any of them.
 

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Get it moved to the " How Too" board so we can find it...
 

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This won't work on many parts. Plastic welding has to be done using the same type of plastic that the part was made with, and there are many different types.

Most motorcycle fairing parts are made of ABS (though you need to check the back of a panel to see for sure). The single best way to repair a break in ABS plastic is with ABS cement.
 

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This won't work on many parts. Plastic welding has to be done using the same type of plastic that the part was made with, and there are many different types.

Most motorcycle fairing parts are made of ABS (though you need to check the back of a panel to see for sure). The single best way to repair a break in ABS plastic is with ABS cement.

Why not? He just welded ABS plastic! That's what's on the 1800.
 

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Great job on the weld, but I would've used a flat stainless steel washer with the new bolt on assembly so the rubber washer wouldn't be oddly compressed by the bolt.
 

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By the way, I would like to say that plastic welding done RIGHT, can indeed provide a good repair, but you can't just take any old piece of tie wrap you have laying around and melt it into any piece of plastic and expect good results. The key to plastic welding is to identify the type of plastic being used and match the welding rod to it.

This is why ABS cement works so well on ABS plastic. It is the proper adhesive that is matched to the type of plastic you are trying to repair. ABS cement won't work at all on polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, or polyvinyl chloride. But it works great on ABS, which is what most (but not all) motorcycle fairing parts are made of.

Here is a good link to a site that has some good info on plastic welding. You'll notice that one of the first things they tell you is that the KEY to plastic welding is to identifying the type of material and matching the welding rod to it.

http://www.plasticweldingandtools.com/
 

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Fred is correct. I have had to redo a few melt joints before because the two plastics were not the same or compatible. I did a beautiful job of adding material to an area and when I put the screw to it the entire melt job simply popped off the part. Duh!
 

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Okay:

I'll ask

Where do I get ABS cement?
 
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