Oh for the good old days of metal side panels

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by John H, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. John H

    John H Guest

    My latest addition (v65 Magna) has a couple of cracked side panels. Looks
    like the PO had a bash at fixing it by applying epoxy or summat to the back
    of them, but it has not worked very well as the stuff is hanging off and the
    cracks are prob more visible than before.

    Is there a way to make a decent repair to these things other than replacing


    John H
    V65 Magna (undergoing cosmetic surgery)
    John H, Jul 19, 2003
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  2. You could try plastic welding them. If there's enough room I usually
    just clean up the back, key it then slap on a layer of fibreglass.



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    Grimly Curmudgeon, Jul 19, 2003
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  3. John H

    John H Guest

    A couple of useful sites there, although you need a special hot air gun for
    the procedures in the 2nd one, I noted...... 'The most important rule in
    plastic welding is that it is only possible to weld like with like.'

    Enter.. the black plastic coat hanger. I will give it a go with a soldering
    iron. Will auto body filler stick to side panels ok for smoothing out
    imperfections after welding? Just curious as I am not too confident on
    achieving a blemish free repair with a shaky soldering iron

    John H
    V65 Magna (undergoing cosmetic surgery)
    John H, Jul 20, 2003
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    Rob Guest

    I think it was on Sat, 19 Jul 2003 23:05:26 +0100 that "John H"
    Might be worth having a word with your milkman.

    A few years back (20+ !) a friend of a friend set up a plastic welding
    business on the strength of a contract with Express Dairies to repair
    plastic milk crates. Not seen the original friend for 15 or so years
    so I can't help with names/numbers I'm afraid.

    Your local Express dairy may have a similar contract in place, or may
    even do it themselves on site.


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    Rob, Jul 20, 2003
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    WorkTOG Guest

    A bit late in the day for an answer, but I've always had considerable
    success by reinforcing panels (and fairings) on the inside with glass
    fire cloth. You can't see it where it's in place. And then you just
    touch in the paint on the side you can see.

    Glass cloth is also ace for fixing those little plastic mounting lugs
    that always seem to break off side panels, too.
    WorkTOG, Aug 7, 2003
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    Buzby Guest

    A bit late in the day for an answer, but I've always had considerable
    <numpty mode on>
    I've never heard of that before - what is it & where can you buy it?


    Buzby, Aug 7, 2003
  7. John H

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Buzby was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Glass fibre mats, usually used to either repair boats or bodge
    bodywork on a cage. You use the mats plus some resin and once the
    resin hardens the whole thing is more or less stable.

    Halfords sells this stuff amongst others. And boat builders

    Oh, and do us a favour and leave the correct attributions in when
    Timo Geusch, Aug 7, 2003
  8. John H

    John H Guest

    I am going to take this route there is enough clearence behind the pannels.
    Someone else sugested plastic welding with a hot air gun with a fine nozzle.
    I tried for one on ebay t'other day but was out-bid in the final straight
    (went for ?31).
    John H, Aug 7, 2003
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