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    Best glue to use on older JD Plastic hoods?

    What have you found to be the best glue for repairing the cracking or broken plastic on 90's lawn tractors? THANKS!

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    Is it plastic or fiberglass? Two different materials & sometimes people get them confused. Fiberglass may require body fillers like bondo & fiberglass cloth. Plastics, may even be more difficult to find the proper glues since plastics have become so high tech. Sorry I don't have an answer for you at this time due to lack of info.

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    The hard plastic hood, ABS maybe, on a 1995 LX188 is what I'm trying to repair. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerA View Post
    The hard plastic hood, ABS maybe, on a 1995 LX188 is what I'm trying to repair. Thanks!
    ABS- you could have a real problem gluing ABS. One comes to mind-called PROFESSIONAL WELDER. It's a 2 part epoxy cement. I've used it to bond ABS in a water drainage system. Google the name I just gave you & see if the website lists ABS. The package says "Plastic" but it is not specific. Also depending on where the break or crack is- it may not hold. The Professional Welder glue is available in a lot of places like Advanced Auto-Auto Zone- some Walmarts, & you can order it direct from the company's website. ABS is a real issue when it comes to glue repairs.

    Also- ask at a good body shop. Some shops can tell you, or go to a professional body shop supply if you have one in your area. Those guys deal in all kinds of plastics that need repair.

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    You could try this ABS Repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    You could try this ABS Repair.
    I agree Randy, that's a good product and I have also seen guys repair their snowmobile hoods with epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth from underneath.. I guess it holds and then fill in any cracks surface with body filler, sand and paint.. A lot of work but these guys want their machines looking great only to ruin them again! I hate to see some of those paint jobs get wrecked.. I have heard the older JD hoods crack regularly in half and supposedly JD has changed the product.. Good luck
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    I used a two part epoxy for plastic and some fiberglass mesh drywall tape. Worked great to fix a crack on my GX 345 hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillQ View Post
    I used a two part epoxy for plastic and some fiberglass mesh drywall tape. Worked great to fix a crack on my GX 345 hood.

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    THANKS!! I saw some two part Epoxy for plastic at Ace Hardware, and the Dry wall tape will work well too. I'll try this!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerA View Post
    THANKS!! I saw some two part Epoxy for plastic at Ace Hardware, and the Dry wall tape will work well too. I'll try this!!
    Don't take this the wrong way-The product that Randy suggested is formulated for ABS. If the materials you are making the repair with are not rated for the base material, over time they will fail, in my opinion. While drywall mesh tape & epoxy will hold it together (maybe) it will not give you a long lasting quality repair if that's what your after. Also you could run the risk of damaging the surrounding plastic area or surface. Having said all this- I guess any port in a storm will do.

    Todays plastics are like plumbing materials. Ever see all the rot & corrosion you get from galvanic action from mixing dissimilar materials in a plumbing system. The connections look good, solid & clean. Take a look at them a year later & they are corroded & ready to break & leak.
    I'm just saying. Just my own .02 opinion.

    P.S. My wife keeps a roll of Duct tape & Masking tape in her desk draw, her kitchen junk draw & her night stand. She is convinced that there is nothing in this world that can't be fixed with Duct tape or Masking tape. I'm done arguing with her over this insanity.
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    I'm pretty sure that the hood is polycarbonate (Lexan). You will need to find a repair material compatible with it.
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