Ways to Repair Your Broken Plastic Items

January 29, 2020 11:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When plastic parts break or warp, it can be incredibly inconvenient—but there’s no reason to despair. Repairing plastics in Utah is not only doable, but easy, especially when you enlist the team at D&D Plastics to help restore your broken items.

Here are some of the ways you can try repairing plastic at home:

  • Glue: Like any broken thing, you can always use glue to mend your broken plastic, although it may not last as long as some of the other methods on this list. Opt for a strong glue specifically designed for use on plastic, like superglue or plastic model glue.
  • Hot and cold water: This is a good option for a plastic piece that’s been warped or bent. You can use very hot water to soften the plastic, at which point it can be molded back into shape using your fingers or simple tools. After it’s back in shape, dip the plastic in cold water to allow it to reset and harden.
  • Plastic welding: If you have a cracked or broken plastic piece, you might need to do some welding. Plastic welding can be accomplished by heat or friction. Heat welding heats up the plastic until it’s soft (or even liquid) enough to join the pieces back together, then cool and harden. For DIY projects, a simple home soldering iron can do the trick. Friction welding, on the other hand, spins a plastic piece at a very rapid pace, which melts both the broken part as well as the spinning plastic. This makes it liquid enough to join back together. At home, this can be accomplished by using a rotary tool, but for the average person, you’ll probably want to leave this type of repair to the professionals.
  • Plastic patches: This method is best used for large holes. When enough plastic is missing, you won’t be able to weld or glue the parts together. Plastic patching is similar to patching clothing—you select a piece of plastic, lay it over the hole and then heat the plastic until it’s liquid enough to join to the original item.
  • Acetone: Finally, acetone can melt ABS plastics. This can be used to smooth 3D printed products, but some people like to make an “ABS slurry” (ABS mixed with acetone) to form a sort of glue or welding material to repair broken items.

Ultimately, however, for the best results and your most important projects, you’re best off getting help from a reputable plastic fabrication and design company.

Repairing plastics in Utah

Need help repairing your broken plastic items in Utah? Turn to the pros at D&D Plastics. We have over 35 years of experience in plastic design and fabrication, and can help with all types of plastic repair. Our specialty is helping you design and create your own custom products, but we can also troubleshoot problems with your plastics. No matter the size and scope of your project, we have the capacity to serve you. Call us today to get started repairing your broken plastic.

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