Glue for plastic panels?

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  1. plumcolr

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    Running board on my Expedition cracked along the fold line when I turned into a stump. A glue to prevent further damage? Dunno what kind of plastic, black, very hard and rigid.
     
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    You can try liquid model cement, but even if it works, you'll have a crack that's visible. If your truck is used in a work way, I would think that isn't a problem, but if it's nice and straight, wouldn't a replacement look better?
     
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    I keep them mechanically straight, but like me, they become cosmetically challenged after 100K or so -
     
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    ABS CEMENT .,GLUE
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    +1 on the ABS cement. Just a whisp of acetone on the surfaces to be joined will help the bond.
     
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    Excellent. Since I already have the black ABS cement AND a can of acetone, I'll have at it. Was thinkin clear nail polish since it works so well on other stuff. Thanks, all.
     
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    "Huff, the Magic Concoction...."
     
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    The grill on my '70 came to me in at least 5 pieces of brittle ABS and bailing wire. Using the acetone, ABS cement and fine wire mesh got the grill back into 1 pretty acceptable piece. The missing bits were scavenged from ABS trim from (of all things) a Land Rover, cut to size and re-bonded to the grill using the acetone to prime or soften the parts, ABS cement from Homley Depot and the joints were reinforced with a very fine stainless wire mess pressed into the wet cement kind of like dry wall tape. All this can be sanded and painted with good results.
    I have since restored a '70 Barracuda grill that was in worse shape than the Ranchero with acceptable results.
    Takes time to dry, but it is pretty sturdy once done. Do one spot at a time and let it sit overnight and make your next move.
     
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    The black ABS cement works, and is hardly visible. Also carefully filled in cracks which were not all the way thru. Thanks to all of you.
     
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