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Old 12-06-2018, 03:14 PM   #1
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Plastic end cap covering suggestions

The front plastic endcap in our 80s international has cracked in about 6 places...I really don't want to get invested in removal and coming up with a replacement... Plus we like the storage etc...I plan on drilling holes to stop the cracks from progressing but still want to cover it with something... Does anyone have any experience with using fabric or anything else to essentially"wallpaper the area? I'm also flirting with a torn paper technique with spray adhesive and a coat of poly. It's become a little brittle with age and I know taking it down to repair would only produce more damage. Seems like stopping the existing cracks and covering is my best option. Opinions?
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:22 PM   #2
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I believe there are a few threads here on the Forums that discuss adhesives that may be used to fill/repair the cracks. I recall that the plastic is ABS, and some people have had good luck with grinding up some ABS, mixing it with the plumbing solvent based glue, and then smearing the resultant goo/paste into the cracks.

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Old 12-06-2018, 03:45 PM   #3
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Ive seen automotive headliner fabric used and it looked really good. Sorry I can't remember where I saw it but it was probably here on the forums.
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The front plastic endcap in our 80s international has cracked in about 6 places...I really don't want to get invested in removal and coming up with a replacement... Plus we like the storage etc...I plan on drilling holes to stop the cracks from progressing but still want to cover it with something... Does anyone have any experience with using fabric or anything else to essentially"wallpaper the area? I'm also flirting with a torn paper technique with spray adhesive and a coat of poly. It's become a little brittle with age and I know taking it down to repair would only produce more damage. Seems like stopping the existing cracks and covering is my best option. Opinions?
I would also like to know. This forum isn't the easiest to search. My end caps are cracking right at the top corners where the cupboards meet the cap. My plan is to paint them anyway. I would love to know if anyone has had to do this fix b4. Links? Thanks!
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Hello and a very Happy New Year to all!!! Here is what my spouse did to hide those pressure cracks in the end-caps. First drill a hole (~1/8" drill bit) at the end of each crack. This stops the crack from spreading any further. Then she tore up several old maps into small pieces, then used decopogde (sp) glue. Pasting the map pieces on the whole end-cap. When dry, it looks good, covering the cracks and drilled holes, as well now adds a conversation piece with others. I have pictures that I will post, however, they are not on this devise.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:11 AM   #6
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Old 01-03-2019, 12:42 AM   #7
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Awesome!!!
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