Restoration Plastic


oldplasticWe do from time to time get asked to repair plastic on bikes that are more than thirty years old. These panels present some unique challenges. Panels made of ABS, age, this leads to deterioration that shows it’s self in a couple of ways. The first are fishers appearing in the panel as you pass heat over the area to be repaired and secondly moisture leaching from these hair line cracks. It is well known that untreated ABS is hydroscopic.

Recently we had a gent in with two very old Triumph battery covers that had stress cracks. I say stress but to be honest these were signs of their age. The next indication was the way little rivers of water came running out of the plastic as heat was passed over the repair area, with numerous fishers opening as well. This complication turned a straight forward repair into a bit of a challenge.

It is difficult to know how far to to take repair’s like this. It was handy that the owner was in the workshop to experience what was happening. We agreed between us to only make good the cracks and some of the fishers that lead into those creaks. Otherwise the repair would have become very expensive.

American vintage car owners wanted.


A great chance to take part.

Vintage American Cars Wanted for Static Display

For an upcoming “Future Cinema” show (30th August – 1st September) at a London venue. They are looking for late 50’s and early 60’s American cars which can be parked around the venue to give the audience an authentic American feel.

The cars will not be driven during the show, or involved in any kind of stunt – they will just be used as decorative additions to the show.

All car owners that take part will be invited to attend the show with their family or group of friends in return for bringing their cars.

If you are interested, please get in touch with:

Alice Thill
Email: alice@futurecinema.co.uk
Mobile: 07528 261 615