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A-Pillar Trim Plastic Slidng Tab (Not clip) Repair by reinhart
Started on: 02-08-2021 04:02 PM
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Last post by: olejoedad on 02-23-2021 07:23 AM
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Report this Post02-08-2021 04:02 PM Click Here to See the Profile for reinhartClick Here to Email reinhartSend a Private Message to reinhartEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
In searching the archives, I couldn't find anything about repairing the thin plastic flaps that slide into the roof. There are a few on repairing the plastic clips but nothing on repairing the slide tabs. Anyone successfully repair these? I had both break off one of my pillars upon removal.

I had an idea of getting a very thin piece of metal, bending it with a 120degree angle and then using bumper repair compound or similar to bond one side of the bend to the A-trim and the other side would be able to slide into the grooves in the roof. Any thoughts?

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You're talking about the flaps that are molded into the trim, right, I think there's one about eye level and then another above your head?

Bonding metal to plastic can be hairy. Were it me, I'd get some thin styrene sheet from the hobby store; they sell it for models, Evergreen being a popular brand name. Worst case you can get it from https://evergreenscalemodels.com/

You might have to double it up to fit into the slot in the roofline, as they come in like .010", .020", pretty thin. Anyway, bend that into the L shape to fit into the roof, then glue to the pillar. I think epoxy or a plastic welder. I'm partial to this stuff

https://www.tapplastics.com/weld_on_16_cement

(that's my local dealer, I imagine if you have a local plastic place they'd have it or something akin to it.) I find it melts into most plastic and bonds them pretty well.

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Report this Post02-08-2021 06:54 PM Click Here to See the Profile for LarryinkcSend a Private Message to LarryinkcEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I repaired 2 of those tabs on my A pillar trim with ABS plumbing cement. I have removed them both since repairing them and the repairs have held. The motorcycle guys use ABS cement on their plastic with great success.

https://www.silverwing600.c...51-repairing-fairing
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Report this Post02-10-2021 11:55 PM Click Here to See the Profile for donuteater306Click Here to Email donuteater306Send a Private Message to donuteater306Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
And to throw one more option at you...I used Plastic Welder epoxy that I picked up at Home Depot.
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Report this Post02-23-2021 06:17 AM Click Here to See the Profile for reinhartClick Here to Email reinhartSend a Private Message to reinhartEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I had already cut some thin pieces of metal before I saw the replies, so figured I'd give it a shot. I ended up using epoxy to bond them to the trim. They seem super strong but I haven't installed yet as I'm working on the headliner.

If they break off and it turns out the metal to plastic bond isn't a good fix, I'll use one of the ideas from this thread next. Thanks for the ideas!
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Report this Post02-23-2021 07:23 AM Click Here to See the Profile for olejoedadClick Here to Email olejoedadSend a Private Message to olejoedadEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I have melted the pieces together with a butane soldering torch and had good results.
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