“This poses the question: ‘Who will warranty the complete repair when the process is a combination plastic weld and adhesive use?’” Creegan asks. “Adhesive manufacturers (using LORD as an example) will typically warranty repairs made using their material and process for the life of the vehicle. Does the manufacturer of a plastic welder provide the same across the broad spectrum of adhesives that can be used to make the repair ready for refinish?”
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Removing the guesswork
The best way to really understand and learn how to use plastic repair products – in addition to training, of course – is to work with a reputable supplier/distributor, advises Craig.
“Selecting an adhesive takes the guesswork out of plastic substrate identification and repair process decisions,” he says. “There are products on the market that can be used on all plastic parts whether they are flexible, semi-rigid or rigid.”
Having to use just one product for all types of plastics reduces the complexity of a repair and reduces inventory. “Repair adhesives give technicians the advantage of making repairs from beginning to end, and they know the upfront cost from a consumable asset,” Craig says.
Look for Part 2 in this two-part series for an analysis of repair adhesives vs. other repair methods and what technicians need to know about using composite repair with adhesives.