plastic welder needed

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by seabee1, May 5, 2011.

  1. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    so, i've tried all of the folks i know and nobody knows anyone who welds plastic. last ride, i developed a crack in my acerbis 6 gal tank, and need it fixed. anyone here do that?
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  2. 4play

    4play Next?

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    I never found anyone either. I messed around with a heat gun, a soldering iron & a cheap plastic gas can until I was I was sure it was sealed. Mine worked, but I replaced it before I went to Baja last year just because.
    I heard there is some stuff made for repairing RV holding tanks but I never went & looked at an RV place.
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  3. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    just left a voicemail with a company in phx. who does this type of work, i'd just rather see the money go to an inmate. if i get a response before they contact me tomorrow, i'll go with it. if not, then the big company gets it again. :cry
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  4. 4play

    4play Next?

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    I'd go with someone that does it for a living. I was just puddling plastic hoping for the best :D
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  5. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I used to weld plastic at a plastics fabricator. Definitely worth using some w/ the right equipment and skills.
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  6. pfdskipper

    pfdskipper Westside Trash

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    +1 to 4plays comment. Especially considering:

    #1; its your gas tank
    #2; the somewhat "central" location it occupies. Sensitive neighborhood.

    I have also looked into this endevour, lots of great info here:
    www.urethanesupply.com

    Search the site for the pdf file of "the book of plastic repair". Very comprehensive.

    What local company did you come up with? Please post your reveiw after the job.
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  7. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    this is the place i contacted. don't know them, just did a google search. i will learn how to post pics and show you guys the before and after.

    http://www.philipsplastics.com/
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  8. Salsa

    Salsa Been here awhile

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    I repaired a RV blackwater tank that the inlet wes cracked 1/3 of the way around.

    I got a hot glue gun (the bigger and hotter the better) and repaired it and it held until after I sold it.

    I used a torch to heat the area around the crack and heated it until the surface got soft. Then I used the hot glue to add material to the crack. I built up the area about 1/4 inch.

    By preheating the tank until it almost flowed, the hot glue "welded" to the tank.

    Your mileage may vary!!!!!!!!!

    Don
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  9. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    thanks for the info salsa, but after reading the info and watching the videos on the website pdfskipper posted, i want to make sure to use the proper material for the weld, and that the proper technique is used in applying said material. i don't want to be pissing gas on the trail after a nasty section knocked my home made weld apart.
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  10. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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  11. AZCPP

    AZCPP Been here awhile

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    I bought the correct plastic welding stick's and thier cleaner and repaired a hole in my IMS tank still holding after 1.5 years. I made a tip for my soldering gun and tested my patience but, it worked. I have a bunch of the stick's if you want to give it a shot I'll send you a couple. They must be the same type plastic as the tank. PM me if I can help.
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  12. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    well, that's a generous offer. i might take you up on it, depending on what transpires tomorrow. i would give it a shot if i had no alternatives.
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  13. BIG-E

    BIG-E AKA; Mongo-E

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    Hey Don,

    I used "plastic weld" on my 640 tank. It works really well and you can sand and paint it if you want. Works just like JB Weld only for plastic. The prep is everything.

    I still have some I think, you are welcome to it. I bought it at Checker for less than 10 bucks.
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  15. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    phillips plastics contacted me this morning and told me it'd be about a 25.00 repair, just bring in the tank. looks like i'm gonna go that route. thanks for all the advise and suggestions.
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    For that price, seems like a no brainer to have a pro take car of it.
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    pfdskipper Westside Trash

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    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    sorry i didn't post up here about the repair. brought it into phillips plastics, the website i posted earlier in this thread, and they fixed it up for me for free! great people.
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  19. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Right on, that is good news! :clap
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  20. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    now, i've just got to wait for dillon to finish working his magic on the beast, and i'm back in business!
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