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    Initial Lcd install pics

    I just got done pulling the trim piece out of an e34 M5 yesterday, today I went out and tried again to do the ABS plastic trick, but I dunno my plastic is just gloppy and not a paste... so I said f- it and I am going to try bondo for the first time. Im not really that experienced at all with it... but i figured oh well lets give it a go.

    so heres my work so far. After a bunch of modification to the trim frame and all, I have it started. Im using the pink bondo. I dunno it looks to be "standard bondo" so I tried it. It sets up VERY quick. 10 mins or so and its almost dried.





    What do you think so far?

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    I think you should take the buttons out to protect them. Otherwise looks good. Use epoxy behind or that filler will crack. Its not an adhesive just a filler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altimat
    I think you should take the buttons out to protect them. Otherwise looks good. Use epoxy behind or that filler will crack. Its not an adhesive just a filler.

    I plan to drop some epoxy behind, I want to let the filler take up/or contract in the gaps tho first. The buttons aren't a concern too much, I have another set.

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    all I can say is be patient with it. if I can do it, anyone can ... just take your time and do it right.
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    even if you use epoxy behind, that will crack very soon. The product you're looking for is Fusor 142 Plastic repair. Use that to glue the peices together, then follow with Fusor 115 plastic filler and sand smooth, maybe a little icing after that to fill in pin-holes. Definately take the buttons out, and try to apply it with something flat so you can smooth it out. You'll find the bondo won't stick to the plastic whatsoever.

    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinister
    even if you use epoxy behind, that will crack very soon. The product you're looking for is Fusor 142 Plastic repair. Use that to glue the peices together, then follow with Fusor 115 plastic filler and sand smooth, maybe a little icing after that to fill in pin-holes. Definately take the buttons out, and try to apply it with something flat so you can smooth it out. You'll find the bondo won't stick to the plastic whatsoever.

    good luck!
    the bondo in my jeep has been stuck to the plastic for over a year.

    but you're right, it cracks easily if there is any movement.

    the plastic repair stuff you speak of sounds interesting ... where might one get some of this?
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    Fusor is good stuff, but it is just a line of specialty epoxies designed for the autobody industry that require expensive applicators. If I still worked in auto body I would use them, but you'll do fine with what you have or can find at consumer outlets.

    I would be most concerned at this point that you have the edges of the seams tapered and sanded well so that the filler belnds into both sides and you don't get any distinct lines or beaks between filler and plastic. Those will show through the paint even if they don't crack.

    Adhesion is not an issue with ABS, just with PP. Look for the recycle code on the back of the part and make sure its ABS.
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