eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
12/13/21 2:59 p.m.

A ways back I picked up some lower trim level plastic door cards for my project S10 to replace the extremely disgusting original ones.  There is at least one crack in them, as shown below:

I'm thinking of just using some two part epoxy to repair the crack, no need to make it look perfect, as I am going to be painting the panels later.  Should I try to drill a hole at the end of the crack to keep it from propagating, or will the stress level be low enough that it will be unlikely to spread after the fix?

Additionally, any better substance than epoxy to fix it with, and any recommendations on what to paint these with.  I'd like them to be either gray or black, with not too much gloss to them.  I've got time to figure this out, as I likely won't be able to get them back in my garage (they're in storage right now) and worked on until spring.

 

slefain
slefain PowerDork
12/13/21 3:10 p.m.

This looks like a pretty good repair option:

https://knowhow.napaonline.com/how-to-fix-broken-plastic-interior-automotive-trim-panels/

I'd probably drill the crack just to stop it from spreading.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/13/21 3:50 p.m.

We discussed something along these lines on the Classic Motorsports site: How to Repair Plastic Trim.

And good luck with the project. 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
12/13/21 3:58 p.m.

I don't have personal experience with these products but 3M sells a vinyl repair kit, among others: https://www.amazon.com/3M-08579-Leather-Vinyl-Repair/dp/B0058WXNOK?th=1

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