Plastic trim cracking near exhaust outlet

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  1. durhamahoy

    durhamahoy Funster

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    Hoping for some advice please....
    Our 2001 autocruise has suddenly developed cracks on the plastic skirting near to the exhaust outlet, why after 15 years I'm not sure.
    Is there a product that would make a repair? the trim is grey although a bit weathered now.

    Many thanks in advance
    Steve
     
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    Is it plastic or fibreglass, plastic will be smooth on the back and fibreglass would be rough.

    Martin
     
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    Perhaps it has been vibrating and eventually given up? Mine did so I ran two stays made out of 15mm copper tube (sons a plumber) and riveted them to the lip at the bottom of the skirt and onto a metal brace inboard.
    Try drilling a small hole at the top of the crack to stop it or slow it down at least till you find out what it's made of. Glue a plate across the rear of the skirt and fill/ glue the crack.
    Any pictures?
     
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    have a word with a local fabricators they may be able to let you have an off cut of aliminium that could be glued and riveted on the out side . would look like its meant to be there .
    a faint checker ally looks nice .
     
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    A photo would be good (y)
     
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    It's Plastic Martin
     
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    That sounds like a good plan vwalan
     
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    Will try and get some photos sorted, but it will be tomorrow now
     
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    If you want to just try to strengthen it on the inside Sikiflex will stick to it or an epoxy resin if you wanted to fibreglass a patch (normal fibreglass polyester resin won't stick). otherwise vwalan's suggestion sound pretty good.

    Martin
     
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    Something prettier than this & no rivets!
     

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