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Zip-ties vs. Plastic welding

which is stronger?
-straight zip ties?
-crissCrossed zip ties?
-thermal plastic welding?

i already know from lots of experience the crissCrossed zip ties look the best


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how you weld plastic?
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you use a plastic welder tool, either thermal or ultrasound, to bond two pieces of plastic together. i just welded my windshield because a windshield doesn't look good with zip ties. but i was wondering if i should weld or zip tie the cowl im looking for strength here


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Rough up the back side of it and use some fiberglass cloth/resin.

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how do you do this fiberglass cloth method, and is it the strongest?


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One way to plastic weld is to use a soldering iron. You melt the plastic on both sides of the crack and mix back in to it's self. If done right it looks like a scratch. I did it to my belly pan on a 01 polaris xc 800 and it seams to be holding up very well and I ride it hard. Hope it helps but it does take a while.
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yeah, a soldering iron is as good as a high-tech welder. and the smaller the tip, the prettier. so, im not gonna have an

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I would try on a small spot on the inside first just to see, but its worth a try. And I put a skid plate on ofter I welded the belly pan for extra support. But even after hitting a big rock dead center hard while braking a trail it still didn't recrack. good luck.
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did you weld from both sides? or just the inside? i weld both, to make sure its bonded, is that necesary? or can i get a good weld from one side, and save te ugly look?


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I did on both sides just to make sure it would hold. Go about half way threw each side to make sure its mixed together well. My brother showed me after he did it on his sports bike. It works well. And the looks like a small scratch unless you get real close.
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Plastic weld it for sure ive done it to a few sleds and it works great
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What about plastic welding a Cobra flared windshield? last year i hit a drift and cracked it almost in half
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no

sorry but no the cobra windshields are made of polycarbonate and if you try to plastic weld it it will just become very brittle and probably break more. you could do to things new windshield or the zip tie scar way in an X shape works good

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how do you do this fiberglass cloth method, and is it the strongest?
They make fiberglass repair kits you can buy. Comes with everything you need and are the strongest IMO.

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I have used a plastic bumper repair epoxy. When you mix it, it is black in color and flexible and sandable. Available at O'reilly Auto parts and others. Works great. I have repaired hoods with it. I have not had a repair come apart, but there is always a first time.
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