Go Back   Land Rover Forums - Land Rover Enthusiast Forum > Vehicle Line Up > Discovery II
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-06-2008, 11:27 AM
Chrisinhouston's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 505
Default What type of glue to use on interior plastics?

I need to glue a piece of the ashtray/coin holder assembly. I tried Super Glue but it did not hold at all, even after an hour. Any suggestions? The plastic is hard and reminds me of the kind used in plastic model kits I used to assemble as a kid, like styrene I think.

I hate to have to buy a whole assembly when all that is needed is a glued joint that will hold.

2003 Discovery S

New engine, greasable front shaft, OME HD shocks and springs, EBC D&S rotors and Green Stuff pads, ARB front bumper with brush guard, High Country rear bumper with One Motion tire mount, Hella 500 & 4000 lights, WARN 9000 winch with Amsteel Blue rope, leather seats with heaters and switches, rock sliders, 3/4 length roof rack and rear, Alpine stereo, Sirius Radio, and Iphone interface, custom 12 inch subwoofer and power amp, Safari Snorkel, USB interface
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2008, 11:47 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 897
Default RE: What type of glue to use on interior plastics?

Super Glue is only good if you need to hold something together quickly. It's not very strong though.They make 2 part epoxy "plastic" glues that work great. You may need to "scuff" up the two surfaces of the plastic first to give the glue something to hold to.
01 D2 SE (110 K miles)
2" OME Lift
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2008, 11:51 AM
Disco Mike's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 25,512
Send a message via Skype™ to Disco Mike
Default RE: What type of glue to use on interior plastics?

I agree, use a good epoxy on a roughed up surface.
Retired service manager. Member of the Solihull Society, NCLR club, SCLR and Santa Barbara 4 Wheelers.

99 D2, 3" lift, CDL with a Detroit and T.T. lockers, H.D. axles, 4:11 gears, Custom front and rear bumpers, sliders, Warn winch, and 5 HID's.

To Download the RAVE Manual, follow this link http://www.landroverresource.com/

Rover Radio issues or IPOD Adapters http://home.valornet.com/splacket/index.htm

Need Parts?
paulgrant@mac.com, or 203-770-1699
willtillery@roverguy.com, or 434-251-9331
Paul PTSchram 260-804-0458
PM Marty(Drillbit)[url]http://www.landroversonly.com/forums...o=newpm&u=5940
British Parts of Utah, http://www.bputah.com/
Lucky8, http://lucky8llc.com/
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2008, 03:59 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 442
Default RE: What type of glue to use on interior plastics?

Epoxy can work great, but in order to get it to work on plastics, ya need to scuff up the surface and maybe "V" it out at the joint. What I do is take a razor knife (like a box cutter) ad make little cuts in the joint and glue it.

Now, in a case like yours, super glue might actually be the best type of glue. But it depends. If it's a piece that needs to hold a lot of strength it probably won't be the best solution. But if it only need to be moderate strength, like a repaired tab or something it might work great. But, here's what you need to do to make it actually hold securely: clean off the old glue you put on earlier, then apply solvent to each surface. Use something like PVC cleaner/primer you would use for glueing PVC pipe. Apply it to both sides of the joint surface multiple times using a small screwdriver or like instrument. Keepboth sufaceswet for a few minutes. On most plastics (not all), this will melt the surface a little, or at least make it "gummy". That's what you want to achieve. Once the joint surfaces are gummy, even a little, apply a small amount of super glue to one side andpress the parts together tightly for a minute or so, then let it be. Don't touche it for 1/2 hr or better yet a couple hrs.

Having small kids with precious toys that get broken periodically, plus auto projects, I've glued a lot of hard plastics this way and they've held with suprising strength, sometimes as strong as original. Plus the repair is usually near-invisible. Some plastics don't"take" as well as others. Then, epoxy, JB Weld in particular, may be a better way to go. Hope this helps.
Mark G

1998 Disco, 154k mi.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2008, 04:57 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 897
Default RE: What type of glue to use on interior plastics?

Sometimes I use superglue in a few spotsto hold the pieces together while the epoxy has time to harden, if it's hard to clamp.
01 D2 SE (110 K miles)
2" OME Lift
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2008, 06:50 PM
okdiscoguy's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 4,959
Default RE: What type of glue to use on interior plastics?

gonna sound weird, but I used super glue and little strips of notebook paper. Kinda like fiberglassing.... I put epoxy around it after that for added strength. This was on the center Bezel for an old Volvo, but same thing, glue alone didn't do it...
Good Oil
2003 Range Rover HSE with 2008 trim
2010 GLK 350 Mercedes
1990 VW Cabriolet - Lake car...
1997 Discovery SD-7 to put the boat in.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2008, 06:50 PM

bezel, bumper, cars, glue, glues, hard, hold, interior, iphone, kind, plastic, plastics, radio, repair, type, types, volvo, vw

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Our Sponsors
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:39 AM.

Copyright © Internet Brands, Inc. All rights reserved.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
SEO by vBSEO ©2010, Crawlability, Inc.
LAND ROVER and its logo are the registered trademarks of Land Rover. Land Rover is not affiliated with LandRoverForums.com.

Emails Backup