Bumper Glue

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Bumper Glue

Postby pbar » Mon May 08, 2017 10:37 am

Not a Capri question, but I have a plastic bumper end cap (same material as the Capri ones, i.e. soft black plastic) from another car which is split across the fixing hole, about a two inch split.

Any recommendations for a glue to repair that? A lot of adhesives are not recommended for plastic so was just wondering if anyone has had success in such a repair?

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Caprigear » Mon May 08, 2017 10:39 am

Best solution is to have it plastic welded.
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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby SmokeEm » Mon May 08, 2017 11:55 am

Agree with Martins best solution but if that isn't an option, try using some black bumper repair filler - I have a tin and have used it on all sorts - dries hard but still flexible. Comes in a yellow tin with some hardner in a tube inside.
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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Arya2.0S » Mon May 08, 2017 1:59 pm

Ive used a product called "plastic fusion" for modelling and reinforcing plastics. It dries rock hard, but still maintains some flexibility. It can also be sanded and used just like filler.

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Paul G » Mon May 08, 2017 2:33 pm

As a bodge I have fused split bits of plastic back together with a soldering iron. If it's on a fixing could a couple of penny washers go either side of it to help hold it in place.

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby pbar » Tue May 09, 2017 6:08 am

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, appreciate it. I will look into all of the above :)

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Mc Tool » Tue May 09, 2017 6:53 am

depends on the type of plastic . PVC fridge liners can be repaired with acetone . We used to cut thin strips of the parent material and dissolve them in acetone until you have a mix like tooth paste ( if the parent material does actually dissolve your onto a win ) then paint the broken surfaces with neat acetone until the surface becomes soft and sticky then stick them together using the dissolved mix as putty/ filler . It tends to flow a bit before the acetone evaporates so sometimes it take 2 or 3 goes taking advantage of gravity to hold the mix in a useful position.
Repair kits for fridge liners , plastic lenses and any PVC ( if your not fussy about colour other than black , white , red and orange ) is marketed as " cool fix "
Im pretty sure the bumper corners will take this type of repair , easiest way to see is dab a but of acetone on it and see if it starts to dissolve . Acetone can be found in wifies war paint kit AKA nail polish remover ( some of it is scented so don't use that for the real job but its ok for test purposes )
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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby sheff » Tue May 09, 2017 11:26 am

Hi Paul,

I had a reasonable success using one of these http://www.diy.com/departments/loctite-glue-gun/190221_BQ.prd on my daughters Ka when she hit the front wall :doh:
Helps to have the bumper fairly warm to allow the glue to bond better with the plastic.

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby pbar » Wed May 10, 2017 6:08 am

Thanks very much Mc and Neil. Posts read, and noted :)

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby pbar » Mon May 15, 2017 6:22 am

Out of curiosity I thought I'd see how much a replacement part is, and although it's a 32 year old part (VW Camper), they are available new at around £6. So obviously spending any kind of money on a repair isn't worth it! If only the same was true of the Capri world. So as a quick get by fix I used some Bostik which I had, coupled with high strength duct tape on the inside.

Incidentally I was at a VW Camper specialist recently and almost everything, no matter how obscure was available off the shelf. When I mentioned how surprised I was at that, the guy said 'and it's getting easier all the time'. Again, if only that was true of the Capri.

Thanks again for the replies.

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby andyd » Mon May 15, 2017 6:25 am

pbar wrote:Out of curiosity I thought I'd see how much a replacement part is, and although it's a 32 year old part (VW Camper), they are available new at around £6. So obviously spending any kind of money on a repair isn't worth it! If only the same was true of the Capri world. So as a quick get by fix I used some Bostik which I had, coupled with high strength duct tape on the inside.

Incidentally I was at a VW Camper specialist recently and almost everything, no matter how obscure was available off the shelf. When I mentioned how surprised I was at that, the guy said 'and it's getting easier all the time'. Again, if only that was true of the Capri.

Thanks again for the replies.

Morris Minors, Triumph Stags etc always seem to have a ready supply of spares too.....Certain Fords for some reason not :(

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Caprigear » Mon May 15, 2017 7:23 am

andyd wrote:
pbar wrote:Out of curiosity I thought I'd see how much a replacement part is, and although it's a 32 year old part (VW Camper), they are available new at around £6. So obviously spending any kind of money on a repair isn't worth it! If only the same was true of the Capri world. So as a quick get by fix I used some Bostik which I had, coupled with high strength duct tape on the inside.

Incidentally I was at a VW Camper specialist recently and almost everything, no matter how obscure was available off the shelf. When I mentioned how surprised I was at that, the guy said 'and it's getting easier all the time'. Again, if only that was true of the Capri.

Thanks again for the replies.

Morris Minors, Triumph Stags etc always seem to have a ready supply of spares too.....Certain Fords for some reason not :(

Which is exactly what I have been telling people for years but nobody seems to have taken any notice of the fact!
It's bloody frustrating for me when I see how well other less popular classics are catered for.
The difference with the VW owners is that there are many thousands of them all over the world which makes for a large resale market for parts unlike the Capri where the market is tiny in comparison hence why there isn't the parts being remade.
The situation isn't ever going to improve to compare with the range of parts as for other cars so you'd all best just get along with it or move onto an alternative car that is better catered for.
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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby andyd » Mon May 15, 2017 9:44 am

Caprigear wrote:
andyd wrote:
pbar wrote:Out of curiosity I thought I'd see how much a replacement part is, and although it's a 32 year old part (VW Camper), they are available new at around £6. So obviously spending any kind of money on a repair isn't worth it! If only the same was true of the Capri world. So as a quick get by fix I used some Bostik which I had, coupled with high strength duct tape on the inside.

Incidentally I was at a VW Camper specialist recently and almost everything, no matter how obscure was available off the shelf. When I mentioned how surprised I was at that, the guy said 'and it's getting easier all the time'. Again, if only that was true of the Capri.

Thanks again for the replies.

Morris Minors, Triumph Stags etc always seem to have a ready supply of spares too.....Certain Fords for some reason not :(

Which is exactly what I have been telling people for years but nobody seems to have taken any notice of the fact!
It's bloody frustrating for me when I see how well other less popular classics are catered for.
The difference with the VW owners is that there are many thousands of them all over the world which makes for a large resale market for parts unlike the Capri where the market is tiny in comparison hence why there isn't the parts being remade.
The situation isn't ever going to improve to compare with the range of parts as for other cars so you'd all best just get along with it or move onto an alternative car that is better catered for.

Car SOS had to find a donor car to fix up a Mk1 Cortina and they struggled with the Anglia IIRC...All Fords are or will end up the same I think :doh:

Probably Vauxhall too.......I still wouldn't go to a VW though :lol:

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Arya2.0S » Mon May 15, 2017 5:11 pm

Caprigear wrote:best just get along with it or move onto an alternative car that is better catered for.


Or, adopt the Cuban method of keeping your classics running.

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby pbar » Mon May 15, 2017 9:02 pm

andyd wrote:All Fords are or will end up the same I think :doh:


If you should jump ship from the Capri/Ford world Andy, (a prospect many of us may yet face one day with the way the silliness of prices/parts are going), I'm interested to know what you would go for? Someone close to me has a penchant for Peugeot and has three I think, including a very nice 205.

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby andyd » Tue May 16, 2017 6:42 am

pbar wrote:
andyd wrote:All Fords are or will end up the same I think :doh:


If you should jump ship from the Capri/Ford world Andy, (a prospect many of us may yet face one day with the way the silliness of prices/parts are going), I'm interested to know what you would go for? Someone close to me has a penchant for Peugeot and has three I think, including a very nice 205.

A mate has a couple of 205 GTI's, both 1.6's. He has lots of Peugeot spares for all models and all new!

Well I'm already Capri-less and there are plenty more Fords around. Hope to keep the XR as long as possible......

What would I go for?? Probably Triumph Stag, as parts are easily found with Rimmer Bros. Had a Stag once before, but would make sure it was a well sorted one next time...... They sound great :D

Some mid 80's Jap stuff, CRX, Toyota Twin Cam are nice, Astra GTE but lack of decent examples and same parts problem :? or American V8 :drive: :D
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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Major_Tom » Tue May 16, 2017 7:05 am

For me it would definitely be a Honda Jazz.
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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby Major_Tom » Tue May 16, 2017 7:08 am

Ha! Imagine that. No, it would be a Landrover I think. Series III or Defender. Lots of ways to customise... hard wearing versatile platform.. almost modular. Get bored, fit high lift kit... get bored, rag top it...
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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby andyd » Tue May 16, 2017 7:29 am

Major_Tom wrote:Ha! Imagine that. No, it would be a Landrover I think. Series III or Defender. Lots of ways to customise... hard wearing versatile platform.. almost modular. Get bored, fit high lift kit... get bored, rag top it...

Thought about a V8 Landrover last year, something to use and not worry about getting it dirty or a few dents and could leave it outside....

Quite pricey at £6000 to £7000 for a Series 1 (No MOT required :lol: ), but decided not and went :ford: again :)

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Re: Bumper Glue

Postby pbar » Tue May 16, 2017 8:24 am

Interesting thoughts guys. Andy, I too have briefly considered a Land Rover, for just the reasons you mention!


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