Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Elyria, OH, USA
Re: Adhesive for Fixing the Top Case Hinge Plates
....and just to open up a thread that's been dead for a year, I just noticed that either the Dealer or the PO thoroughly effed up one of the hinges on my top case, as well. Tore the hinge plate right out of the bottom of the case. Thankfully, it was a clean break, and it looks like three sides will take glue. So, I'm taking the trunk apart and I notice that BMW has kindly stamped the material of which it is constructed---ABS!! So, I'm thinking, I'll really get one chance to glue this properly--should I reach for the glue that Oatey makes for plumbing assembly of ABS pipes? It has a cleaner and an adhesive component. But since plumbing gets some hard use, and this glue sort of chemically welds the parts together, I'm wondering if there would be enough strength to use as a hinge point? The other thought is to go with the known entity, that is, JB Weld, which in my experience, is quite a wonderful product which does pretty much everything that they say it does. The company makes it quite clear that, with the correct prep, it IS suitable for gluing ABS....and has a wicked tensile strength, to boot. Any thoughts on which way to go? I like the idea of using ABS-specific glue for the job, but if, for some reason, it fails again, I'm going to be pretty well boned.