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Old 07-16-2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Crack in Shower Stall

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I have a crack that started right at the connection that holds the shower head on in the plastic. We covered it with packing tape and its been that way for a while with no problems and it has not propagated.

Does anyone know what type of plastic we have on the side walls of the shower?

Any suggestions on how to repair this crack?

Also my plastic seal on the bottom of the door has torn. Any suggestions on what to replace it with?

Thanks!

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Old 07-16-2018, 08:17 PM   #2
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On my Sabre the shower is fiberglass. When ours cracked, it was under warranty and they had a fiberglass specialist repair it. I would be leary of the packing tape as it is not likely preventing any water damage from occuring.
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Old 07-17-2018, 08:47 AM   #3
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I also have a crack and will attempt a fix soon.

I plan to try Bondic and see if this plastic weld kit will work. I will post results later...

A short term fix might be the clear Gorilla tape.
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So here is my attempt with Bondic . I actually had 2 cracks originating from same point at the edge. I cleaned the area with alcohol and pushed the crack in and out to get the adhesive onto the edge of the plastic. I used the UV light and cured it. I then applied a couple of more layers on top of the crack. It hardens with a bit of an off white colour which is noticeable. I will leave it and see if the adhesive weld holds. If yes then maybe some touch up paint to hide the weld.

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That looks almost exactly like mine but in a different location thanks!
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So here is my attempt with Bondic . I actually had 2 cracks originating from same point at the edge. I cleaned the area with alcohol and pushed the crack in and out to get the adhesive onto the edge of the plastic. I used the UV light and cured it. I then applied a couple of more layers on top of the crack. It hardens with a bit of an off white colour which is noticeable. I will leave it and see if the adhesive weld holds. If yes then maybe some touch up paint to hide the weld.

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Drilling the holes to stop the crack run is a good idea. I would have probably used some kitchin/ bath caulk in white. My thought us the color would blend better and the caulk is somewhat flexible. Good luck.
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Old 07-18-2018, 01:27 PM   #7
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I've had good luck with clear silicone aquarium sealant. It seems to adhere well to most surfaces, and is not as visible as you may think. (it is very shiny, however).


It's held a few badges to a pewter mug for nearly 40 years.


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How about Eternabond tape?
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Sask.. looks good thus far. Is the repair material soft or rock hard? Given the viscosity I would razor cut or dremel to match the surface and paint with acrylic (like from hobby lobby). I bet 30 minutes would make blend pretty nice.
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I don’t think bondic will hold up on pvc but worth a try
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pvc?

Didn't know that. Opens a few interesting potentail ways to fix. Love to have a sample piece of the material and play with some clear Oatley with a micro applicator. Any chem eng's out their to chime in?

Ya rusty top, its been with me awhile..
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Shower wall repair

It you have ever worked with fiber glass repairs (such as boats or surfboards) they are fairly easy to complete even as a novice! The materials can be found separately or in repair kits at auto part shops, boat supply shops, some RV sales and parts shops, and even wall mart! Just follow the directions! Use the cloth and rest of the kit as the directions state! Most people screw up by using too much of the “liquid hardener” and too soon! After it dries you can lightly sand it! I add the color to the mixture and it usually matches up on white pretty well! If you screw it up not too badly you can usually salvage the work by patiently using light sand paper then laying down a single layer of fiber glass again! Then after it’s dry sand smooth and mix up a bit of top color and paint it again! If done right it will outlast the rest of the fiberglass in the shower! It will also look nice! You can practice on any old piece of fiber glass first! Just take more patience with grooved areas! I first learned growing up in California and repairing my surfboard! I just as too poor to pay to have it done! Later woke on active duty and my wife and I were visiting family I would repair my father’s boat dings and cracks! It’s like most repairs! Learn a bit! Practice a bit! Just do it! Save yourself a ton of money! Keep a small kit in your RV on the road in case of emergency repairs inside or outside! Dan
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Sask.. looks good thus far. Is the repair material soft or rock hard? Given the viscosity I would razor cut or dremel to match the surface and paint with acrylic (like from hobby lobby). I bet 30 minutes would make blend pretty nice.
This stuff is UV hardened plastic and it seems pretty hard. I tried to lightly sand it and the sand paper did not really touch it. I did not want to get too agressive and start sanding the actual shower. I will try a razer knife next or maybe a dremnel. I did want some overlap of material to strengthen the repair seam. If I had of realized how hard it would set, I might have been a bit more careful with the layers.

According to web site the plastic can be colored ahead of time but must use acrylic micro powder.

https://notaglue.com/blogs/what-is-bondic
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Hi everyone!

I have a crack that started right at the connection that holds the shower head on in the plastic. We covered it with packing tape and its been that way for a while with no problems and it has not propagated.

Does anyone know what type of plastic we have on the side walls of the shower?

Any suggestions on how to repair this crack?

Also my plastic seal on the bottom of the door has torn. Any suggestions on what to replace it with?

Thanks!

Mike
If you can find out your dealer who makes the shower door,,, you can order a new bottom seal !!!
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I do not know how old this unit is,,, but I guess I would try to replace the panel !!!
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I do not know how old this unit is,,, but I guess I would try to replace the panel !!!
I believe the OPís unit is a 2012 3010DS.
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I believe the OPís unit is a 2012 3010DS.
A unit that new I would try to replace the panel,,,
It could become a problem if he ever wanted to sell it ???
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