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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 28th, 2009, 7:08 pm Thread Starter
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Tuperware Woes

I recently had a massive failure of the original quick-disconnects on my GT. Fuel was pouring out, and in my haste to get the tuperware off so that I could stop the leak, I cracked the right-side tuperware at the top where it lays over the fuel tank. The crack runs vertically from the lip downwards about two inches. Does anyone know if it is possible to repair such a crack so that looks like it never happened, and if so how? I can't believe that this happened in that I have always been so careful about removing the plastic in the past!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 28th, 2009, 7:41 pm
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Short answer, "Yes, it's possible."

Most body shops tackle plastic car bumpers daily for cracks. The ones I've seen show from the backside the bonding "splice" bump, but you can't see it from the outside once they're done. Look for "Plastic Weld" kits in Google.

The brand "Bondo" as well as 3M (I think 3M owns Bondo now?) makes some sort of flexible plastic bumper patch kit, if I recall, and I used it on my car's bumper once. Take a look at the "3M Automix EZ Flexible Patch" kit. It worked well, just I had to spend quite a bit for the small amount of auto spray paint too but it was cheaper than the whole bumper by a lot! Sanding the outside can make a mess of the looks, but if you are good with a sprayer it shouldn't be too bad.

Only drawback is the amount of money for a good spray gun, compressor, supplies, and expensive auto paint and clear-coat to DIY. It adds up to a lot of cash and really quick. Sometimes, it's far easier to buy another panel even thought it costs $500+ or more, or let someone like a body shop handle it all and hopefully they'll be cheaper overall.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 2009, 2:21 pm
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As per the US. Certainly in Australia, there are specialist plastic welding shops who also pain the bike panel.
You should be in luck with the same service in Thailand if you are still there.
Then there's always Ebay where the panels are routinely available, but postage of the panel may be an issue. Hope you can get it sorted.

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