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LORD's new bumper repair adhesive is a profitable solution for body shops

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 12:19
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LORD Corporation, maker of FusorÒ Automotive Repair Adhesives, the leading metal and plastic bonding solution for the automotive collision repair market, has introduced  a new bumper repair adhesive, Fusor Sand in 10 (Fusor 132/133), that is gaining acceptance as a profitable product for body shops.

Designed for bumpers, bumper tabs, emblems, door trims, headlight tabs, interior and exterior repairs, and cosmetic repairs, Fusor Sand in 10 allows one product to be used for all plastic repairs. The product offers the ability to sand and paint in 10 minutes, is faster than plastic welding and stronger than stapling. Further, it sands to a perfect feather edge for producing undetectable repairs.

Although the product is new to the market, one technician at a major body shop in North America discovered that by using the bumper repair adhesive, the repair would not only be “like new,” but would also save money. In this case, the technician had been working on a damaged 2013 Cadillac SRX. The repair required the ordering of a new bumper cover at the cost of $1,200, along with two new headlight assemblies, at the cost of $1800 each, because the tabs had broken off during the collision.

Kevin Creegan, Central Region Manager for Fusor Automotive Repair Adhesives, had recommended Fusor Sand in 10 as he felt it might prove to be the ideal solution for repairing the headlight assembly. 

According to Creegan, even though there was very little bond surface available on the broken headlight assembly (the width and length of the broken tab measured approximately 1/8-inch X 5/8-inch), it was determined that a sturdy repair could be made. Fusor Sand in 10 was selected due to its fast work time and because the entire cartridge could be billed to the repair operation. By using a 50ml cartridge, the body shop can bill-out the repair as an “adhesive kit” when submitting the repair order to the insurance company.

“Since there was such a small bond surface, I suggested using a reinforcement backing to ensure a strong, durable tab repair,” said Creegan. “A #700 backing cloth was used on the three larger sides of the tab.”

The repair was completed in three phases to guarantee a strong hold. The first phase of the repair ensured the proper angle (fixturing) for the repaired tab by matching the broken piece with the original point of attachment. The second and third phases reinforced the damaged area with adhesives and mesh.

“In completing the repair, the technician followed LORD Fusor tab repair procedures which included cleaning both the base and the broken tab with #703, a non-solvent plastic cleaner; sanding it with 80 grit sandpaper; and then applying #602EZ, a surface modifier,” explained Creegan. The finished tab repair was then sanded and tooled to match the original OEM contour and thickness, and the entire repair was completed in 35-to-40 minutes.

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