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anyone weld plastic?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by LBtaco, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Sep 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM
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    LBtaco

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    im thinking about buying one of these

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=96464

    could be usefull

    or.. if you have a plastic welder (and are fairly close to LBC)and wanted to make a few bucks, I could have you do a few welds on my grille.
    otherwise I might just check this plastic welding shop in santa ana.
    I dont want to mix plastic and fiberglass, this is why..

    thanx
     
  2. Sep 22, 2009 at 4:49 PM
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    lopedogg

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    I wouldn't buy anything from Harbor Freight. It'll be a waste of money and time. :)
     
  3. Sep 22, 2009 at 4:52 PM
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    true, but they are good for 1 or 2 uses, thats why they are so cheap...
    and there was cheaper lol
    but really its just a heating element and air.. bet I could get 4 uses before it breaks :p
     
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    I disagree. I have quite a few things I've bought from Harbor Freight without reliability issues. While quite a bit of their stuff is crap, there's quite a lot of good stuff there that will last you awhile, too.
     
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    I've had a MIG welder that has served me well for many years. You just have to know what you are buying and its intended purpose will be. Would I buy a cordless drill from HF? No. Would I buy an air hose? You betcha.
     
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    Do you know if your grill is a thermoset or thermoplastic material? You can't get a good weld on thermoset plastics.
     
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    the chrome part is ASB , the black part is ASA
    not sure what they are, generally thermoset are cheaper but built more for wear and strength. I would assume the black part is thermoplastic because it does melt pretty nice. I havent messed with the chrome part yet.
     
  9. Sep 23, 2009 at 4:18 AM
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    A buddy of mine patched up a kayak with a plastic welding kit. Turned out great, the boat is water tight.
     
  10. Sep 23, 2009 at 5:13 AM
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    We use a similar one from HF at work. It works best if you weld with the same plastic that needs welded.
    Actually they have a lot of decent tools that I have had for years. I like the Pittsburgh brand they carry. And if I remember correctly, it is lifetime guarantee. It is also a great place to get impact sockets. They are no different than any other store. You just have to watch what you buy.
     
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  12. Sep 23, 2009 at 11:22 AM
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    I disagree completely. If I was a full time car mechanic would I buy my tools from there, no, but they have a ton of usable stuff for good prices, if you are a shade tree mechanic like most of us. Air tools, oil change accessories, all kinds of good stuff. Open up your mind, and don't be such a grouch 12 poster!

    Sorry to jack thread LB! Carry On!
     
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    Great link on the kayak weld vid Brandon. I have already done mine with a different kind of welder (more like a flat tip soldering iron) but that looked great. My current kayak is a Jackson that got run over by the previous owner. Got it for a song and fixed it for $30
     
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    You got your Jackson to weld? They are famous for being impossible to weld. They just told me not to bother and set me up with a pro-deal for a new boat.

    I have welded a number of different kayaks as well as PVC and other plastics using a ton of different heating elements. The key is patience and practice. For 15$ get yourself a propane torch instead.
     
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