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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 04 Mar 2023 07:40 #881089

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I don’t know if this has been shown here but it is very cool. I can see it would work.
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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 04 Mar 2023 07:59 #881091

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Theoretically it works but to be permanent you would need to get a hot soldering iron on the ejected plastic and re seal the surface to cover it embedding it within the panel. 
I've always used plumbers glue, the type used to permantly connect drainage pipes. It seems to actually melt the mating surfaces and fuse them together. 
Just make sure they are in the correct position whilst curing because they aren't coming apart again anytime soon. 
I also use the drainage pipe itself to infill any missing areas. You can use a paint stripper heat gun to mould it into any curve you want. It'll curve in two directions when warm and the set rigidly into the shape when it cools. 
Don't know if the panels and pipes are both poly vynil chloride (pvc) but they seem to be compatible with the glue. 

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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 04 Mar 2023 08:23 #881092

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The PVC "glue" is actually a solvent that works by softening the pipe and fusing them together. 
That’s a good point about folding over the ejected plastic. I’m sure PVC cement would work well to soften the plastic.
On the construction job we used to lay it on a cut to seal it up.
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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 04 Mar 2023 11:32 #881098

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I don’t know if this has been shown here but it is very cool. I can see it would work.


 
Check out the section of my build where I reworked the side panels, I have used these hot staples extensively and they work really well
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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 04 Mar 2023 14:03 #881106

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I missed that in your build thread. I will check it out.
The staples seem to work with all types of plastics whereas you generally have to buy certain types of epoxy to go with certain types of plastic. And some won’t work at all.
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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 04 Mar 2023 15:01 #881111

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See Howard's thread for an explanation of different adhesives for different plastics and below for staple work
www.kzrider.com/forum/11-projects/617040...bute?start=96#880491



 
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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 26 Mar 2023 14:44 #882028

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Kawasaki side covers are made from ABS plastic.
Check out the article I wrote about repairing ABS body panels here. The article uses a Kaw fairing as an example but the same method works on side covers leaving them stronger than stock.
www.kzrider.com/articles/technical-tips/...ir-first-timeforever
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Plastic Stapler Repair Tool 27 Mar 2023 02:12 #882051

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Kawasaki side covers are made from ABS plastic.
Check out the article I wrote about repairing ABS body panels here. The article uses a Kaw fairing as an example but the same method works on side covers leaving them stronger than stock.
www.kzrider.com/articles/technical-tips/...ir-first-timeforever
Just a suggestion.
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This is an interesting article Bill, however given that the kits are only around $25 on Amazon I would definitely recommend you trying the "hot staple" method. One of the biggest advantages (especially with awkward shapes) is you can hold the pieces together (no need for clamping) while you apply a staple, blow on it for a couple of seconds and it's held firmly. You can then adjust the pieces if necc and continue to add more staples along the joint (when I did this I left a very small gap so that once stapled I could run adhesive into the joint. If it is ABS you can also dissolve scraps of ABS in acetone to make a paste which you can apply over the repair with a paint brush. As the acetone etches into the piece then evaporates off it leaves a layer of ABS over the joint which can be sanded if required.
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