Plastic Fantastic

Fixing plastic parts on your Corvette just became easy

Cam Benty Mar 29, 2005 0 Comment(s)

Anyone who owns a Corvette knows that parts break. But while metal andfiberglass are generally easy to mend, repairing plastic can cause a lotof pain. Plastic is often sun-baked to a brittle consistency, whichmakes it unworkable. Most of the time plastic parts are replaced, butthat doesn't have to be the case anymore.

Plastex has created a newplastic-repair kit that not only allows you to fix cracked and damagedparts, but also re-create parts with missing pieces. Our '86 Corvettehad a number of missing dashboard tabs that made reconnecting our newdashboard pad impossible. Enter Plastex.

The Master Tech Plastex kitincluded three different colors of plastic powder material (white,black, and clear), the trigger material, applicators, quick-releasepads, and even fiberglass fabric for repairs requiring structuralsupport. We used the quick-release pads and black powder to make itmatch the color of our dash.

For cracked areas, repairs can be made in amatter of minutes, with plastic hardening taking two to three minutes.Best of all, the new Plastex material is tougher than the surroundingplastic. We let the plastic set up overnight, trimmed it to the shape wewanted, and bolted the dashboard in place. Simple.

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The Master Tech kit features all of the parts shown here. This kitcontains powder to create black, white, and clear plastic parts.

This kit actually makes plastic. It's not a welder. If the plastic ismissing from a crack or tab, it will generate new plastic to replacewhat's missing.

The powder becomes the plastic when mixed with the supplied specialPlastex liquid. Powder can be set up on quick-release pads or othernonstick surfaces.

The quick-release pads are used for a variety of purposes, from helpingshape a tab to covering a cracked surface and allowing the Plastex toset up.

A new patch of plastic is created and allowed to harden. We then shapedthe plastic with a file and drilled a new hole in the center for thescrew to pass through. The final product was much stronger than thesurrounding plastic. For added strength, the kit includes fiberglassmatte, which can be mixed with the plastic material.

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