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Old 06-20-2024, 06:34 PM   #1
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Cracked plastic on the inside of the main door

This is happening in my 2019 Wolf Pup M-16FQ. The inside of the main door is a white plastic sheet and it is cracking. My thinking was to use Bondo or similar crack-filling type of sealant to at least arrest and clean up the cracking. Check out the images below for more details. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-20-2024, 07:18 PM   #2
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I'd say the inside door material needs to be replaced. I doubt anything applied would yield suitable results.

That type of material is available at the big box stores as shower panels. It can be easily cut to size.

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Old 06-20-2024, 07:21 PM   #3
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Yes, Bob - I have considered (and still considering) doing just that. I would have to disassemble the whole door, which I am not afraid to do, but a bout of laziness was having me also consider what I could slap on it in the meantime.


But I think you're right. Might just have to suck it up and go get some plastic at one of the 3 BB stores.
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Old 06-20-2024, 07:24 PM   #4
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Yes, Bob - I have considered (and still considering) doing just that. I would have to disassemble the whole door, which I am not afraid to do, but a bout of laziness was having me also consider what I could slap on it in the meantime.


But I think you're right. Might just have to suck it up and go get some plastic at one of the 3 BB stores.
Just stick some ugly duck tape on the cracks, and go camping.

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Old 06-21-2024, 02:18 AM   #5
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Could be a good time to add a window if you want more light too.
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Old 06-21-2024, 07:15 AM   #6
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... but a bout of laziness was having me also consider what I could slap on it in the meantime.

I never fight back against a serious bout of laziness because it's probably saving me from an injury I'll get from doing something stupid while attempting the task.
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Old 06-21-2024, 08:44 AM   #7
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White Duct Tape.
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Old 06-21-2024, 10:05 AM   #8
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So far, the white duct tape is the winner. I could put it on in a pattern to make it look intentional, or my partner could do one of her murals on the door and incorporate the cracks as part of the scene.


I am thinking some cavern views or something.


And if this happens, you'll see the pics right here.
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Mending Cracked Plastics

There are a few different plastic repair compounds on the market (jb weld platicweld or similar) that might do what you need but I am not sure I would go that route. They often dry to an off-white color and most are specific to certain types of plastic and may not adhere to your door. Also I dont think it would look much better! Maybe the white duct tape is the answer until you are ready to replace the door panel.

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Old 06-21-2024, 10:50 AM   #10
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How about covering it up temporarily with some self adhesive wallpaper in a nice print or patern
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A few ideas...buy a sheet of FRP wallboard and cut out a piece the size of the entire area that will fit (up to the frame that holds the cracked piece).


You'll also have to cut out a hole that fits over the handle/latch. Basically, you're making a veneer that goes over your cracked panel.


I'd just attach it around the perimeter with 3M double sided tape. (You could add a few intermediary pieces in the center, too, I suppose).



If you go the white duct tape route, I'd opt for white Eternabond, instead. (Unless you ever want to remove it)!!



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Really plastic?

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There are a few different plastic repair compounds on the market (jb weld platicweld or similar) that might do what you need but I am not sure I would go that route. They often dry to an off-white color and most are specific to certain types of plastic and may not adhere to your door. Also I dont think it would look much better! Maybe the white duct tape is the answer until you are ready to replace the door panel.

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Do you think it's really plastic? I'm betting on 1/16" white melamine. In 1995 I bought a 30" x 10' roll from Lowe's or HD. Not sure if they still offer it. I used most of the sheet. Still using scraps of it for things.

I've seen melamine used on RV for things like this. The baggage door on our 2002 is a sandwich of two sheets of 1/16" melamine with 1" of styrofoam between, and a vinyl U-channel around the edge.
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OK guys, all great ideas, actually. I do have Eternabond, but at that price, I'll save that for the roof. White duct tape is going to do the trick until I get the gumption to tear the door apart and replace that panel.


In second place is the concept of a wallpaper scene. I'll hand that over to my sweetie.


Thank you all.
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