Plastic Repair?

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by xcoreyyyx, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I know this should probably not be on the forum but I have seen other ATV related posts. I got a nice size hole in my tank for running over a tree while it was getting dark. I am going to try to repair it myself. I didn't know if anyone has done some plastic repair themselves and could recommend a kit to use. My uncle tried to epoxy over it after adding a piece of metal(like a big washer for a screw) and it still leaks.

    I was going to try to use this(I would rather not order something online but pick it up locally if lowes or something has it):
    http://www.amazon.com/Three-Bond-Pl...id=1341570461&sr=1-21&keywords=plastic+repair

    I watched a video where someone cut a piece of plastic 5 gallon bucket to a general size of the hole, Heated the plastic of the bucket with a blowtorch for welding and heated the hole almost to melting point then fitted the plastic into the hole so they were melted together. I would then sand down the rough area of the plastic and epoxy where the "plastic weld" would be to hopefully create a good seal. Any ideas on this?
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    What's a new tank cost?
     

  3. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    100$ for a used tank is the cheapest i could find.
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I'd probably just replace the tank and save the trouble. It would suck to go through all that and have it fail out on the trail.
     
  5. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I am just fixing it because my grandmother uses it to travel back and forth from her house to the barn on her farm. She uses it to haul some hay back and forth and whatnot. I have others that are mine but this is for her. it wouldn't be pushed hard by her like it was by me. I figured a patch would hold up under those conditions.
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Ah well. I guess it's worth a try then. I've never done it. I would be real careful with the torch idea.
     
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  7. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I am going to be quite careful. I figure screw it, I can't really mess up the tank much more. Why not try a few things before buying a whole new tank.
     
  8. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    Somehow, a blowtorch on the gas tank just doesnt strike me as a good idea.

    Go down to the dealership and ask them how you should patch it. I'm sure you arent the first person to poke a hole in a gas tank.
     
  9. bearrwe

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    How about a replacement freeze plug? How big is the hole. We used on a 1/2 hole just drilled it to the right size.
     
  10. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I have worked with gas tanks before. I know that fumes ignite. The tank has been empty for over a year now. I am just getting around to it. I will remove it from the atv, fill it with water while covering the hole, then turn it over to work on it.

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    freeze plug? What is this freeze plug you speak of?
     
  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    http://kreem.com/fueltankliner.html Maybe something like this and a crappy patch would do?


    The freeze plugs pop out to let out frozen coolant, should your engine's coolant freeze inside the block. Beats splitting the block. http://www.autozone.com/autozone/pa...8znl4?itemIdentifier=522473_0_0_&newYmme=true The bane of a cheap rebuilt engine; these things have sold a LOT of JB Weld over the years.


    Just can't believe you killed your Grandma's ATV, tisk tisk. ;)


    edit* If you choose to melt patches into place, maybe use a heat gun instead of a torch, for safetyerness.


    editedit* http://www.amazon.com/Magic-6522K-Q...07052&sr=8-1&keywords=Plastic+Gas+Tank+Repair Anybody tried this stuff?
     
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  12. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    It was my old ATV that she used when I wasn't there. The property she bought is like 400 acres and it had an old atv course that was for racing and jumping and all. Tons of paths just for leisure then a racecourse too. It was pretty awesome but got boring so I went and made my own paths every now and then. It was getting almost completely dark and there was this huge tree(bigger than you could wrap your arms around) and its a 700 hugeeee atv so I figured whatever I am going over it. There was like a broken off branch that I must have put right through the gas tank. It is hilarious I think because the place is the absolutely ONLYYYY place it could go. It is like a 4 inch by 4 inch hole between the tire and the front steering column. It was like something wanted me to have a hoold in my gas tank. Oh well. I will look into the links you sent too. The hole is approx(I haven't looked at it in awhile) 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches? It was a pretty solid stick that must have caught along that ground while I was riding it home.
     
  13. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I checked out the freeze plug and that is exactly what my uncle tired to use to seal it. He put the plug in it then tried to epoxy around it. Anyone know what a heat gun will cost and where to pick one up? I figure lowes will probably have one. Gotta pick up a few things while I am there anyways.
     
  14. bearrwe

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    Lowes should have a heat gun. Sorry I didn't get back to you on the freeze plug but looks like it had already been tried. Good luck with the plastic welding.
     
  15. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    Lol, not a problem. I will let you know how it goes. Hopefully I will have all fingers and toes and no burns and a full head of hair after I am done with it all.
     
  16. dog2000tj

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    Have any pictures of what you are trying to work on? As mentioned I would use a heat gun rather than a torch, doesn't take much direct heat to soften plastic. You could also try epoxying some nylon fabric tape over the hole, then sand it down.
     
  17. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    I have absolutely no pictures. I will in like 2 weeks when I am there though. Would nylon fabric tape hold the gas in or would it leak through?
     
  18. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    They make a plastic tank repair kit that works good go to your local atv shop they should have it. Its a 2 part epoxy that when dry is better than the tank, i have used it with zero failures
     
  19. xcoreyyyx

    xcoreyyyx New Member

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    Do you know what kind? or have a picture of the packaging? Thats the kind of thing I was asking about in the op.
     
  20. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    I think it was called plasticover plastic atv repair kit, just go to your local atv dealer they can fix you up with it i used it 3 yrs ago an its still goin strong not one drop leaked out yet, my buddy just fixed a gunshot hole in his tank with it so its still avalible