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Author:  Sockman [ Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Hot stapler

Picked up one of these off Ebay this year. I have a couple plastic items that need repairs, namely the left bed side panel on the Prowler and the front fender on the ATV. Figured I'd give this a go and if it works, it will have paid for itself.

Used it tonight on the Prowler's bed side panel and it works great. It melts a staple into the plastic and then you clip off the tabs. I had about a 2" crack that I could get at the back side and I put about 5 staples in there. Heats 'em up real quick and then it just melts right into the plastic. I put some Gorilla glue in the crack as well, mostly so that the crack itself won't really be visible. I got the outside lined up pretty well so I don't think you'll even be able to tell where the crack was. Came with 6 different kinds of staples for inside and outside corners, and of course flat surface repairs.

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Author:  EVILWS6 [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:13 am ]
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Looks like a cool tool. Never seen or used one. Cost?

Author:  Funnyman [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:00 am ]
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Got any before and after pics? I gotta do a few places on the rzr. Is it a strong repair?

Author:  Sockman [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:38 am ]
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EVILWS6 wrote:
Looks like a cool tool. Never seen or used one. Cost?


There are bunch out there, but I went with this one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/132052707608?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

There's others that don't have the tool box and as many staples that you can get closer to $100. I went with this one since it most resembled the one sold by Eastwood. It's probably the same thing, just branded differently. Pretty good vid on their site as well.

http://www.eastwood.com/ew-hot-stapler- ... ystem.html

Funnyman wrote:
Got any before and after pics? I gotta do a few places on the rzr. Is it a strong repair?


I forgot to take pics. It seems pretty strong. The staple isn't super thick, it's .8mm, but I put 5 in the repair area and may go back and add some more. I think it would take a pretty hard shot to the same spot to break it again. I'll get some photos of the after.

Author:  Papa Rich [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:32 am ]
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Sockman wrote:
There are bunch out there, but I went with this one.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/132052707608?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
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Wow shipped from Rockport Tx, been there many times.

Author:  Sockman [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Hot stapler

So here's some after photos.

Hard to see the crack at all. I got pretty lucky that the crack lined back up pretty well. The textured finish probably helps hide it, too.

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This shows where the crack was. It had spread apart about 1/4" at the end. Had to use a strap to hold it back tight when I glued it and stapled it.

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Here's a couple of the backside. All this gets hidden by another panel. Ended up with 6 total staples in there.

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Author:  Papa Rich [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:24 am ]
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Wow that looks really good, nice job.

Author:  Sockman [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:35 am ]
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Papa Rich wrote:
Wow that looks really good, nice job.


Thanks. I think I got lucky. It should hold, unless it takes another hard hit there. It's towards the tail end of the bed and I'm sure I turned a corner too tight and went hard up on a tree to cause the damage in the first place. The bed on this thing is crazy big.

Author:  Funnyman [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:07 am ]
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Looks really good Ron!
With all the plastic panels these sxs have its a good idea to have a kit.

Author:  WETSU [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:15 pm ]
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Very cool, permatex has a really good plastic weld epoxy. I actually used it to repair a gas tank on my lawn mower,and then used it repair a plastic grip on a p95 Ruger. That's a pistol for you none gun guys!
Your crack was barely noticeable in the first after shot good job!

Author:  Funnyman [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:20 pm ]
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well I didn't want to see his crack anyways!

Author:  Panzer [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:29 pm ]
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Funnyman wrote:
well I didn't want to see his crack anyways!

X2!

nice job on the repair Ron :D

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