Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Murphy, NC, USA
Re: Can my trunk latch be fixed?
I assumed that the corner is lost...
Plastic Weld is far better than JB Weld.
My experience with JB Weld is that it takes to long to cure and it is more for metal patching than plastic.
Plastic Weld is instantanious. I can fabricate parts with Plastic Weld very quickly by forming it while it dries, then taking a dremmel to smooth the rough edges.
If glueing will it be strong enough to work the latch ?
It will be very strong.
If he has the corner, I would make some cuts on the back of the peice and the latch to give the Plastic Weld more to grab.
Then apply it in a even layer.
You can not beleive how strong this stuff is.
Always wear gloves.
Do not get Plastic Weld on anything that you value. It does not just come off once hardened.
I once use a Craftsman screwdriver to mix with. Working with the Weld, I forgot about wiping off the screwdriver.
Needless to say I can not scrap the Plstic Weld off of the tip.
Plastic Weld is impressive.
It uses a bond similar to PVC cement where it melts into the existing polymer.
More of a chemical reaction that includes a superhard plastic product.
I did not know that it came in colors.
I usually buy at Harbor Freight fo like 3.00.
I feel it is worth spending an hour to rebuild the latch, before spending any additional money on it...
Resale of an LT is not profitable, so you might as well ride it and maintain it without dumping gobs of money at it.
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