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Old 01-02-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
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Plastic panel crack repair

I went to turn Gen and run engine recently and noticed a small crack on a plastic panel in our shower. It originates at a screw location and extends out about six inches. It isn't tub surround on walls, but it is a yellowish color plastic bolted onto shower surround. The panel has a molded soap dish and holds valves for shower hose.

my question is have you ever experienced this and were you able to repair with adhesive resin?
these things are always fun. it seema i am doing things to it on a regular basis.

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Is the crack in plastic or in fiberglass?

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Its on a yellowish/tan colored panel that has soap dish molded in it and this yellowish panel is bolted to the white plastic shower wall. The cracking originated at one of the bolts that hold yellowish panel to white shower wall and then goes horizontally across the yellowish panel about 6". My guess is the yellowish part might be fiberglass, unless there is some type of moldable plastic like this? I guess this may have occurred due to temperature changes of two dissimilar materials at this bolt point,hope I can repair it. Yes, I do have several improvement projects planned now an unplanned repair project, ha.
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Based on the age of your coach, I would bet that it is fiberglass. It is fixable but you should probably should move the screw to another slightly different location if possible (weakest link). There are fiberglass repair kits available if you google it. I used one a few years ago and it worked just fine but mine was a roof crack about 6 inches long and not in the shower. The hardest part is making it look nice and smooth. Maybe the crack is small enough that glue might hold it. Check with a plumbing supply house to see what is used to repair fiberglass bath tubs. Good luck!
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I contacted WB today, their parts supplier near them call it a shower caddy, it is plastic they say and is $200.00 and 4 weeks delivery. I will keep looking around but may drill a hole in crack to stop its spreading , try to v notch the crack,then apply some plastic adhesive resin, let it dry for several hours and sand smooth(what do I have to loose?)
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If it was fiberglass, my bet is that it would not have cracked? Fiberglass is pretty good about temp. changes. ABS and similar plastics not so much! That's my bet here. If possible, I would suggest removing it, which might let the crack come back together? If it does, you might try carefully wicking a TINY bit (one drop?) of acetone into the crack? Too much will run everywhere and make a mess. It's REALLY thin! Acetone should melt the adjoining sides of the crack. Give it a couple of days to dry without touching. When done, drill out the mounting holes to allow for expansion/contraction (which the factory SHOULD have done) and don't over tighten mounting screws so the panel can "float" under them? -Al
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