Not all the plastic that turns up at our door can be repaired by gas welding. Dare I say it that we have to resort to two pack bonding don’t get me wrong it is a good repair but 90 seconds to apply the adhesive is not on some occasions enough time to get the job done.
This weather has implications for automotive plastic ( farings, bumpers, etc,etc ). Plastic looses its elastic properties when the temperature drops making it hard and brittle but this does depend on the plastic material used.
There are two main categories of plastic hard and soft. Hard plastics like ABS used in motor bike farings, can become very brittle and break easily. Soft materials like Polyprop , being more flexible , will not crack so easily but will show signs of stress in the cold.
With the weather as cold as it is, it means that any damage your plastic receives will be twice as bad. So take a bit more care around that bike stored in the garage.
“Well! yes? No!” Let me start at the beginning. At one time we did a lot of glass fibre; which by the way is not a true plastic, but as time went on the plastic welding took over. Until the other week we had a phone call from a gent that had been recommended to us. Now we could not let him down could we and took on the repair of his Austin Montego bumper.
I remember now why it faded out, the stink is unbelievable.
After a bit of reasearch to get back up to speed and some investment in materials we completed the job to a very high standard. The customer was very pleased with the result.
Here we are again at the start of another tough trading year. Like you we will be looking for the best price for the services to run the business. So I thought this maybe a good time to out line how you can get the best deal from us. Customers who use us regularly will already know what to do to get a discount. For those who are not familiar with the way we do things, here is an out line of the discount structure.
Please do not come to us for the first time with one item expecting a discount on the price we give you. We judge each job on its merits and give you the best price for your repair. You can get discounts for:
More than one item. If you and a friend have a broken faring each, club together that way you can get a lower unit cost.
If you belong to a club ask them to speak to us we are happy to arrange a club discount.
If you are a regular user of our service private or business you can get a discount. Some of our private customers are serial bike restorers making them eligible for this discount.
From time to time we are asked, can you repair this or that and in many cases we can, as long as it is a thermo plastic. We are plastic welding specialists first; who just happen to have a good reputation for repairingmotor bike farings. We also “make good” bumpers .
Some of the other types of repair we have completed:
A repair to a canoe that had been nearly split in two. (and it rhymes)
A close friend cracked the wing tip of his light aircraft while he was giving it re-spray and overhaul.
Some of the more odd ball repairs we have done, a beard trimmer, the wheel housing on a folding push chair, A bucket! yes that’s right! not just any old bucket, but one from a jet ski; a Dyson vacuüm cleaner hose clip catch.
We have also fabricated things. A large water tray for a photographer; some mud guards for a mountain bike. Some requests are turned down because it is not practical or cost affective to do.
People have asked if we can adapt/customise farings and bumpers. Yes we can and have done so; adapting a Suzuki GSXR nose cone, so a set of Honda fox-eye headlights could be fitted.! A bumper from a late-model V.W Golf to fit an older one.! The list is long but we don’t want to bore you so that’s it for now!