How to Repair a Plastic Missing Piece
There are many items made out of plastic, that are both usable and decorative. Outdoor furniture is made from resin or other types of plastic chairs. Sometimes these chairs are left out in the elements and might become cracked over time. Once a piece of plastic is cracked it can easily chip, and a piece of the structural plastic that holds it together may break off. Plastic furniture or other types of items made from plastic, can be fixed and reused after repairs have been made.
Look over items that are missing plastic. Turn plastic chairs around to the back, to repair cracks first, before replacing a missing piece. Place a piece of fiberglass cloth--the woven kind--on top of the cracks, cutting in sections to fit the crack, if small.
Glue around the edges of the crack, until the fiberglass cloth becomes transparent. Administer an accelerator spray on the cloth to help the glue absorb and dry faster into the cloth. This will make the fiberglass become a permanent bond within any hairline or wider crack and adds strength.
Use Gorilla Glue in the center portion on a stress point of plastic. A stress point would be door-strap brackets, or anything that may be movable. Use the Gorilla Glue in place of Crazy Glue over the fiberglass cloth, to create a more flexible bond, which also fills missing space in plastic. Make sure to saturate the fiberglass cloth until it turns clear, so that it will bond with the plastic.
Use putty epoxy made for plastic to repair chunks and large pieces of missing plastic. Use the molding putty epoxy kind that you can mold by hand and use enough epoxy to cover the size of the missing piece. Once the putty is molded and activated, shape it into the missing section, and attach. Let the epoxy dry and cover with fiberglass cloth, for extra strength, and to seal in the repair. Use the Crazy Glue over fiberglass cloth for non-flexible sections and the Gorilla Glue over fiberglass cloth for movable plastic sections.
Scrape away excess epoxy or fiberglass with a putty knife before it dries fully, being careful not to disturb the repair as it dries. Let dry, and make cosmetic changes to the plastic, so the repair is not noticeable. Use either eco-friendly spray paint made for plastics, or regular paint for plastics. Pick a color that matches the plastic being repaired and apply one coat with a clean paint brush. Let dry, and apply a second coat, if needed.
Linda Stamberger began writing professionally in 1994, as an entertainment reporter for "Good Times Magazine." She has written online copy for The Volusia Community website and is the author of "Antiquing in Florida." Stamberger studied creative writing at Southampton College, where she won a partial writing scholarship.
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