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How to repair innner door panel on 97 TJ full hard door?


 
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RDNZL
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: How to repair innner door panel on 97 TJ full hard door? Reply with quote

I have a crack on in the inner door panel on my 97 TJ full metal door. The plastic is kinda soft... and I know that soft plastics can be hard to glue. I cleaned it and roughed it up and cleaned it again and used 2 part plastic epoxy from home depot, forgot the brand. I let it cure for todays... mostly cause I didn't have time to put it back on. Looked pretty nice you couldn't even see the crack. But the repair broke when I was putting it back on.

Anybody know anything better? There is a structural brace on the back so I don't think that it will spread anymore... but it looks ugly.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read a thread on another forum from someone trying to make the same fix. they ran into the same problem as well...it cracked again. I think the best fix is to replace the panel. Both of mine cracked on my 99 TJ...it never bothered me that much to care.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone curious, a heat gun works perfectly. The plasctic melts together, like welding steel. If you can't get some similar plastic, you can break off some from the back.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RDNZL wrote:
For anyone curious, a heat gun works perfectly. The plasctic melts together, like welding steel. If you can't get some similar plastic, you can break off some from the back.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad Sorry, no camera. I used a little BarnzOmatic torch I got from Home Depot. It does flame, heat or soldier for cordless soldering that actually works. I think that it was only $20.
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