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reparing plastic shower tray

Discussion in 'OT (OFF Topic) Forums' started by SilverSaloon, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. SilverSaloon

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    hi

    in my caravan i have a plastic shower tray that is a compilcated shape - it has minor cracks in it.

    due to the shape only a genuine new OEM part will fit. At over £200.

    My question is does anyone know a company or tricks to fix a plastic shower tray..? ideally from underneath.

    TIA.

    derek
     
  2. IanA2

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    Do a fibre glasss patch underneath...?
     
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    Fibreglass patches underneath with clear acrylic on top if the cracks need smoothing. Just an idea :)
     
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    I assume it's ABS ... put "abs plastic repair" into Google and you'll get some ideas.

    Problem is that unlike car bumpers etc. they are very thin mouldings, which I suspect will be very difficult to do a sound repair on.

    Think you might need to bite the bullet and replace.
     
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    You could use it as a mould from which to make a whole new fibreglass tray.

    More work, but will be stronger than a patch repair - the bits that don't need fixing now will become the weak areas after localised repairs.
     
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    thanks - i may investigate the idea of getting a new one made by a GRP specialsit by using the old one as a mould.

    i also need a washroom sink in the same material so this may be my cheapest option. The washroom sink is too far gone for a good repair as the previous owners have messed it right up.
     
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    You'd need to make a mould from the old tray, then a GRP tray using that. Excellent long term solution, but likely to be more expensive than a new ABS tray?

    Must admit I hate ABS ... one of the reasons for picking my current caravan was the GRP front and rear panels, and GRP-skinned sides.
     
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    There is a product called "Aquasure" which is available from both surf/fishing shops and shops that sell fish tanks etc. Its intended for sealing wet suits and/or fish tanks and therefore is designed for permanant exposure to water. It is a clear silicone gel in a squeezy tube and costs about £5. Keep in the freezer once opened. This is about your best bet I would guess.

    http://www.surf-wax.co.uk/acatalog/aquasure-glue.html
     
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    sell the caravan:)
     
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    You'll never fix it properly , drive it over a cliff and have done with it .... ;)
     
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    i've emailed a plastic moulding company for a ball park quote.....

    i'd rather keep the caravan!!
     
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    If it's a static caravan, try Arleigh International www.arleigh.co.uk - that's where we buy spares from.

    If it's a tourer - sorry, can't help.
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    the major home builders use a co called the plastic surgeon to repair every thing from a shower tray to a worktop when damaged on site ...all our sites in scotland use them i think prob £40 ish ...
     
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    Our domestic shower tray cracked a while back (about 4in long), whilst geting hold of a proper stone replacement I repaired with a generous application of silicone sealant into the crack, smoothed out slightly proud and 5mm overlap either side on top.

    Despite the tray flexing quite a lot this held - I was expecting it to tear or come away from the plastic, but it was elasitc enough to flex with the crack, quite impressive.
     
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    It's amazing what you can do with duct tape too - for a quick fix.....
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    Works on the Wife's mouth..
     
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    Surely she should be the one brandishing the tape <ducks>
     
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