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    i am in the process of making a bezel for the tab 3, since i was unable to find an exact match after going through every bezel at two different frys stores, i have to modify one. I need to make it about an inch taller, so i plan to cut it and extend it using some scrap abs. Planned on using epoxy but wanted to make sure it will not create any issue for me down the road.



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  • #2
    from what is your bezzel made of??? if its also from abs, or something that contains abs, then you can glue the new abs, just by applying acetone! otherwise, any epoxy that contains acetone, will work fine. (and i think that other epoxys will work as well, but dont know about the strength of the bond...)

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    • #3
      It is abs to abs

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      • #4
        well then, if you just want to bond them , its very easy. just apply 100% acetone , in both parts, (maybe many times), untill they become fluid enough. then press them against each other, and it will bond very strong (actually they will not bond. they will become ONE.way stronger than bonding!! ) just be carefull, not to drop any acetone, in the rest of the bezzel , cause it will ruin its colour.

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        • #5
          Sounds interesting, I will pick some acetone up later

          Thanks

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          • #6
            I don't know which way is better , but I have been in car stereo for 20 years and I was trained to use INSTGL2 2 oz instant cure glue $14.95 at (installer.com) or local hobby store . Its like a thick super glue with a spray activator works in 2 seconds. make sure parts are where they need to be cause its like a weld. USE IN WELL VENTILATED AREA also only spray the glue , the spray can mar surfaces. I would put a dab of glue then spray and make sure everthing is lined up then do a drop every 2 inches one drop at a time. after five minutes I would wipe clean and use a color silicone sealer for longevity

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            • #7
              Home Depot sells ABS glue for about $3 a can, designed for ABS pipe and stuff. They also have a transition glue that is for PVC to ABS, that works great, but costs $8.

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              • #8
                Be careful with this.. It will actually melt the pieces together and will mar up pieces that have any extra on them.

                We used to use a syringe at work to apply so we could control it and use very little. We used it on clear acrylic and it worked well but any extra glue made marks in the plastic that you couldn't get rid of.

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                • #9
                  If you use INSTGL2 2 oz instant cure glue it would probably be a good idea to try it out on scrap pieces first to see how the glue works and also just cut the glue's tube as little as possible so it comes out like an eye dropper.

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                  • #10
                    well I already purchased the acetone so I will stick with it for now
                    I attached one part earlier with a few drops on each part and clamped for an hour or so, seems to be on there well.


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                    • #11
                      if you are good at sanding, then i would do the following. (rememeber, with acetone and abs, they will become ONE, if you later apply force, it will brake elswhere:P ),
                      use some aluminium foil, on the back side of your bezel, to make a panel , for the new abs "to sit on" . then soak your bazzel with allot of acetone , and then apply your abs. bear in mind, than when you will apply the second hand, the first one will ALSO melt. so try to make it as thick as possible!

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                      • #12
                        Just an updated photo, its coming along.
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                          • #14
                            cool. very nice!

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