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Posted by predrag80 on Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:22 am:
I have welded my ABS plasticks by myself with a soldering iron and ABS rods (I used Steinel rods). But, soldering iron has to have temperature adjustment because, as mentioned on ABS rods, melting temperature is 350C. Using higher temperature will cause ABS cracking because it will burn ABS and make it brittle.
Seccond method that i have used is melting same ABS rods in 99% pure acetone. This method works fine. However, don`t use thick layers or don`t dry it quickly because you will end with having bubles in plastick or even ruining it.The reason is as the solvent has to get out, to evaporate somehow. And as it evaporates from outside to inside, the inside layers will trapp acetone in bubles.
Have this in mind when working with ABS. Regarding the procedure of welding, it is imperative to make half material thiknes groows along the crack, weld it and repeat on the other side. Othervise it will not hold.
Posted by Detonation on Fri Mar 06, 2015 6:21 am:
I've gone and fitted a much more modern headlight this month. Photos of headlight to come once I get the surround back on.
I also bought a cheap airbrush, some white paint and decided to have a little play on the headlight surround.