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How to Repair Plastic Bodywork

Center Conway, July 2009 -- it is a familiar story -- a simple accident in the driveway results in cracked and broken bodywork that costs thousands of dollars to replace -- more, sometimes, than the vehicle may be worth. Few repair shops or Do-It-Yourselfers have been interested or had the wherewithal to attempt plastic repairs, leaving no options but part replacement on an otherwise perfectly serviceable machine. In fact, insurance rates on some motorcycles and snowmobiles have skyrocketed because of the high cost of replacing broken plastic. This book solves this common dilemma with easy-to-follow directions and clear illustrations applicable to any plastic repair -- cars, motorcycles, trucks, ATVs, or snowmobiles. Lammon explains how to assess the damage, identify the type of plastic from which the part is made, and fix everything from a simple scratch to a major break. Step-by-step procedures take you from cleaning, aligning, preparing, and reinforcing the repair site all the way through the refinishing process. Valuable tips for making structural and cosmetic repairs, rebuilding broken tabs and bolt holes, and fixing stripped threads are also included. And, to make getting started even easier, a comprehensive Resource Guide for tools and materials puts dozens of suppliers at your fingertips. Within the realm of "how-to books", there is precious little on repairing plastics and none with the comprehensive yet easy-to-follow scope of "How to Repair Plastic Bodywork". Though it has been popular since its first release in 2003, the color version of the book has now gone out of print. To ensure that this unique and valuable guide remains available, Whitehorse Press has just reissued the book in black and white. With a fresh new cover it is still packed with all the original useful information and illustrations.
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Kurt Lammon is president of Urethane Supply Company, a manufacturer of plastic repair and refinishing products for the automotive collision repair industry. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a minor in Materials Science, and an MS in Industrial Administration. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.


" excellent book that is a worthy investment for anyone repairing plastic." - Friction Zone magazine

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