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What's the best glue for plastic car body parts?

My ever-reliable 96 Camry had part of its door handle break off in my hand the other day.
<br/> What's the best kind of glue for hard plastic exterior car part?
<br/> I haven't had good success with "super-glue" over the years, and am leaning towards using an epoxy.


  • edited December 2007
    I suspect you are going to end up replacing the handle. I doubt any glue will last long in that application.
  • edited December 2007
    While replacing the handle like Craig suggested is likely the best route to go, there is a glue I use for practically everything broken.

    It's called 'Goop'. It comes in automotive or marine applications (in a squeeze type tube)

    Being waterproof, it's ideal for outdoor use. (actually better as this stuff gives off a very powerful odour until it dries)

    I used it on a car I used to have where the moulding around the corner of the bumper was coming off.
    I used alchohol to clean both areas and applied a substantial amount to each, waited a minute for the glue to get tacky then pushed the moulding into place, kept pressure on for a few minutes until it held.

    Two years later it was still stuck on tight even after multiple drive through car washes.

    Since then I've used this glue for all types of applications. (there are no restrictions as to the type of materials to be glued)

    IF you want to try it on the door handle (***mind you, there are NO guarantees in this application):
    First, (center) drill a 1/8" hole in both sections about 1/2" in depth.
    (You need to make a pin now)

    Second, cut a nail (I think a 2" finishing nail is of the right diameter) 1" long. (No head)

    Apply glue into each drilled hole and the face of each section, insert the pin, align the handle and hold the 2 sections together until they stay.

    Leave alone for about 24 hours so the glue really sets hard before use.

    Remember, this glue needs fresh air ventilation, so work safely.

    ***Caution, this glue is flammable.

    I'm not sure where you are located or which store you have that carries 'Goop', but up here in Ontario, Canada, it's available at Canadian Tire.

    I would try stores like Walmart or perhaps automotive stores.

  • edited December 2007
    While I have had good luck with high quality epoxies, I doubt if anything will hold on a part like a door handle.

    Note: The superglue that is publicably available today is not the original strength. Too many people glued body parts together that they required the manufactures to dumb it down. Last I checked the good stuff was available, but you will not find it at your local K-Mart.
  • edited December 2007
    I second Roadrunner's recommendation. Goop is one of those 'best things since sliced bread' products. I think everyone in Ontario owns a tube of it, or so it seems.
  • edited December 2007
    I have found a waterproof sealant at Wal-Mart that I like when I am doing a job where epoxy is difficult to use.
  • edited December 2007
    While I tend to agree any epoxies/glues is not going to withstand, the combination of epoxies and wrapping(with carbon fiber cloth) rarely works. Or, you may try 'staple reinforcement'. Good luck and prepare for the worst.
  • edited December 2007
    it is called no more nails and it is suppose to bond everything you can get it at canadian tire
  • edited December 2007
    God bless Canadian Tire, eh?

    Also, you might look at Gorilla Glue. Never used it, but it says on the package it's good... and it has a picture of a gorilla... mmmm... endangered supper....
  • edited December 2007
    Joe Meehan's right about super glue not being what it used to be, but if you can get the type of super glue that has a seperate bottle of "accelerator", it works pretty good. You see, super glue is a type of anaerobic sealer- it only will harden in the absense of oxygen; and it also needs to be pressurized; these 2 things happen when you push the 2 broken pieces together. Problem occurs if the

    break has jagged edges and you can't push it back together just like it was before it was broken- the resulting gaps don't pressurize the glue, and the unpressurized glue doesn't harden. Epoxy type glues, not being in the anaerobic sealer catagory, don't have this problem. Anyway, back to the accelerator- if you spray the accelerator onto the break right after you push the 2 pieces

    together; (of course you've already applied the super glue to the broken edges); the accelerator will cause even the unpressurized glue to instantly harden, though you may need friend's "third hand" to spray it on to the work. I've used this stuff on broken parts that I swore were beyond hope and it has worked admirably.
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