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Old 05-05-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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plastic welder needed

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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Old 05-05-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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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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Old 05-05-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:11 PM   #4
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I'd go with someone that does it for a living. I was just puddling plastic hoping for the best
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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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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Old 05-05-2011, 06:24 PM   #6
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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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Old 05-05-2011, 06:46 PM   #7
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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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Old 05-05-2011, 06:47 PM   #8
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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!!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-05-2011, 07:21 PM   #9
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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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Old 05-05-2011, 07:55 PM   #10
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:37 PM   #11
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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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Old 05-05-2011, 09:55 PM   #12
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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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Old 05-06-2011, 05:47 AM   #13
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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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Old 05-06-2011, 11:31 AM   #15
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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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