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Old 03-22-2003, 10:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Front dome crack

Oh no! I just noticed a 1" long crack in the interior front plastic dome right at the lower corner where it meets the overhead shelf unit. What is the proper fix for this, drill a small hole at the end of the crack to keep it from spreading? Then what? I've heard these domes are no longer available so I want to make sure it doesn't get worse.
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Old 03-22-2003, 11:05 PM   #2
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I'd like some help in this subject as well. Our cracks are much bigger than 1 inch though. I have tried something called "JB Weld" it did not seem to hold very well though. Maybe it would work for a small crack... Just to warn you though, it comes out a dark grey color.
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Old 03-22-2003, 11:08 PM   #3
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I've used JBWeld on all kinds of things and you are correct in that it is a dark gray color. I want to avoid drawing attention to the crack so I will need to try something else. Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2003, 07:35 AM   #4
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When you say your front dome is cracked, are you refering to the front plastic endliner inside your trailer? If so, they are still available and can be purchased through an Airstream dealer.
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Old 03-23-2003, 08:05 AM   #5
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I got a 2 part epoxy called Stiction that I used on my bathroom ABS. It is a very light gray when hardened. It works as well as JB Weld does on metal. A coat of paint over either would make the domes look like new.

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Old 03-23-2003, 08:38 AM   #6
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In a recent thread we discussed plastic welding and other similiar interior plastic repairs. A few of us have ctacking in the cabinet surrounds which are like the front dome. I used plastic-weld a two part epoxy from WalMart that dried very hard and seems to have covered and stopped a fairly large crack between two sectiions of trim. Now my challlenge is painting it, I have yet to find a close match for the surrounding colors.
I looked into plastic welding which is done on ABS bumpers, and motorcycle trim, and it looked promising, but I thought I would try the epoxy.
Any suggestions on the paint without repainting everything? The rest of my trim looks good.
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have you tried computer maching atlowes or home depot??? i have had HD computer match some paint for me and it came out very close. but dont know about a paint for plastic////lol
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matching paint is useless

Alkyd (oil-base) type paints start to darken and yellow after 1-3 month. The less light and the more heat you have will accelerate the process.
Latex type paints will fade and change color after a year or two. The more light the faster the fading process.
For a lasting look, all needs to be repainted.
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Old 03-23-2003, 11:12 AM   #9
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"When you say your front dome is cracked, are you refering to the front plastic endliner inside your trailer? If so, they are still available and can be purchased through an Airstream dealer."

I would have sworn that Andy and Inland told me those were no longer available. I'll have to check.

In the meantime, I got some pieces of that plastic from a junkyard. You can cut it up into small pieces and they will disolve in Acetone. The paste can then be applied to the crack. I have little confidence that the repair is in any sense permanent, but it is the right color.

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Acetone NOT

Mark was the junk yard plastic out of an Airstream?

If so I have discovered a new Axiom;
Never attempt to clean your Airstream bath room fixtures or trim with Acetone.
And in desperation I would have probably eventually tried it.

Atta boy Mark!
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Old 03-23-2003, 07:01 PM   #11
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Yes, I got a piece out of a salvage Airstream of the same vintage. Of course, it is just ABS plastic.

I think next time I am going to try ABS plastic cement rather than acetone. It might let the plastic reset harder.

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Old 03-23-2003, 07:33 PM   #12
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I drilled a small 1/16" hole at the end of the crack hoping that it will stop the crack. I will keep my eyes open for something on the market that will take care of the problem or something where I do not have to paint. I wonder if an epoxy resin used in glass bedding rifle receivers might work especially if some fiberglass was mixed in. I could then sand it down and since it is clear it might blend in. I will have to check to see if it attacks ABS plastic though.
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plastic cracks

Are these fixes for cracked plastic dome panels going to stand up under the rigor of travel? I will be interested in hearing from you all once the towing over spring frost heaves has begun. Has anyone found out if new panels are indeed available?
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I leave Thur. night for a 4 day trip so I will find out if the drill hole stops the crack. There are 4 more times I will be on the road in April after that so I guess this is the start of the test run.
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