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Old 01-25-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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Repairing Corian stove-top folding cover

Quite some time ago, I posted a question on this topic, but can't locate it now and my DS is finally getting ready to attempt to repair our folding Corian stove-top cover (we have a '00 Fleetwood Pace Arrow Vision 36B).

The stove-top cover comes in two pieces that are connected with screws and hinges, enabling the cover to fold-back against the back wall by the stove when you are using the burners.

The screw holes in the Corian have apparently gotten worn and enlarged, so the two parts of the cover came apart.

Would it be best to re-drill new holes and reposition the hinges and screws?

Or should DS proceed with his plan - fill the existing holes with "Gorilla Glue", let dry, and then re-screw the screws and hinges together?

Don't want to have to purchase a new cover that may/may not match the rest of the countertop.

Thanks all!

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Gorilla Glue is nothing more than fiberglass rosin. Use epoxy if you do it. Stay away from Gorilla. My wife has ruined more stuff with that junk.
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I have the same corian cover in my coach, but I'm not near it at the moment, else I'd go have a look. If it's possible, I'd (carefully) drill new holes. No repair you do to the old holes will outlast new.
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I would try breaking a couple of toothpicks off in the holes and then replace the screws. If that wont work, moving the hinges and drilling new holes, as you suggested would be my second try.
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I would try breaking a couple of toothpicks off in the holes and then replace the screws. If that wont work, moving the hinges and drilling new holes, as you suggested would be my second try.
Chuck..

You sound like you may have been a carpenter at one time. I cannot tell you how many times I have used that toothpick trick. Due to the material the OP is talking about I would suggest a piece of wood dowel set into the existing holes with some epoxy. You may have to drill new pilot holes but the dowel and epoxy will hold just fine.

Be very careful using the drill. Don't force it just take it nice and slow.

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Chuck..

You sound like you may have been a carpenter at one time. I cannot tell you how many times I have used that toothpick trick. Due to the material the OP is talking about I would suggest a piece of wood dowel set into the existing holes with some epoxy. You may have to drill new pilot holes but the dowel and epoxy will hold just fine.

Be very careful using the drill. Don't force it just take it nice and slow.

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The toothpick trip works great in wood but not so great in a substance like Corian (I was a cabinetmaker, btw, among other things) . I would either relocate the hinges if I could do so without the old holes showing or fill the old holes with epoxy and redrill.
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Pictures may help get more suggestion. I'm working on ours for a different reason and trying to visualize what your problem is.
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Gorilla Glue is nothing more than fiberglass rosin. Use epoxy if you do it. Stay away from Gorilla. My wife has ruined more stuff with that junk.
Gorilla Glue is a polyurethane resin not a fibreglass resin.

Here is the MSDS

http://www.gorillaglue.com/LinkClick...OA%3d&tabid=95
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If you are going to fill the holes, I would go to a solid surface shop and ask them to do it. If they have the correct glue color (most should) it would only require a mixing tip and enough glue to get a good blend going. With Corian the glue is designed to "melt"(for a lack of better term)into the corian and basically become part of the solid surface. If you are ever near Everett, PA I would be happy to do it for you no charge.
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If you are going to fill the holes, I would go to a solid surface shop and ask them to do it.
That's the ticket.

The solid surface dealer will have the proper Corian approved "glue" in matching colors. Have them fill it, take it home to cure overnight and then re-drill the holes. I'll bet the shop will do it for no charge. It'll take the shop longer to round up the gun-and-glue than to squirt it in. Remember, DuPont designed Corian so that it can be assembled/glued so that joints can be glued and simply sand out any evidence of the line.

You can even polish Corian to a mirror gloss (via sanding - work up to 3000 grit).
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I have had luck using round, hardwood toothpicks. Squirt some epoxy into the hold and jam in some toothpicks.
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