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Old 06-15-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Repaired Fridge Scoop and Fridge insides

So, I have a 64 Overlander. The PO used duct tape to repair cracks in the white plastic interior of my fridge. It works. I'm replacing the old crank flint lighter with a new pietzo push button lighter. Anyway, on the plastic door, pulled it out, gently pulled away the old duct tape, and then cleaned - laboriously the duct tape glue. Acetone, goo gone, and several other cleaners would melt the plastic, but Alcohol seemed to work fine, it just took forever. Then, I stretched plastic tape on the face side to close the cracks up. I then flipped it over and used all purpose PVC cement on the back side. That repaired the cracks. Then I used aluminum 2 part tape all along the back to reinforce it for the future, the flipped it back over, and removed the clear tape from the front. No more cracks. there were a couple little spots where I did some airbrushing (light paiting) of gloss white, plastic bonding paint. But, basically as good as new.

The scoop was a different story. Unwaxed Polyester fiberglass will bond to ABS if you clean it really well with Acetone. This cleans, and roughs up the surface. I used self adhesive drywall fiberglass. That allowed a very thin profile, and it allowed me to wrap the edges. It unwrapped a little, but I used Reynolds release wrap as a "clamp". Fold over a few times, then pinch to the edge. That allowed it to clamp the fiberglass and it comes off immediately. All I have to do now is sand and airbrush the edge to look like the original zolatone.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:19 PM   #2
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I like the self stick fiberglass drywall tape idea. I'll have to use that on mine.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:01 PM   #3
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Almost done.

I was able to fake the zolatone with some really creative spray painting with my HVLP sprayer. The walls are darker because they haven't been cleaned yet, but I had a covered panel from the ceiling I was able to use to get exact color matches.
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:20 PM   #4
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Really nice!
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:04 AM   #5
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Updated pic installed.

I tried all kinds of things to clean the zolatone. Finally tried TSP and it worked like magic with very little scrubbing at all. Basically i just gently wipe, rinse, and repeat, then dry.

You can see the scoop is a pretty good match. I don't know why the pic came out fuzzy, just low light I think.
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I just cleaned the door and a strip along the ceiling to see how it would do. Really happy with it. It's a lot of work to keep it original!
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I just cleaned the door and a strip along the ceiling to see how it would do. Really happy with it. It's a lot of work to keep it original!
Yes it sure is. I like the way yours turned out, very much.
Mine was toast. Broken,cracked and repaired with tape. So I elected to fabricate one that matches The cabinets I built. Maple and motor turned aluminum.

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Oh that's nice Dennis. I have a whole cabinet shop and all kinds of experience I didn't get to use this time. Really like your mod.
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Rob, Dennis: Excellent work, both of you. Thanks for showing us the possible!
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