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need help with body work

i didnt know what section this should go in so i put it here.

well when i switched out my grills i accidently broke this one. now i want to fix it incease i switch it back. whats the best way to fix it?

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The only thing I can think of is fiberglass.
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Id go with some kind of epoxy
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alright i was kinda thinking bondo. ill see what i can come up with
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If it was me I would countersink some rivets to hold a strap in the back side before fiberglass and then bondo primer paint
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like wvcat said, or you can get some plastic bumper filler stuff. cant remember what its called, but its made for plastic.

the problem with riveting a strap on the backside of it, is that you will see the rivets unless you rivet them from the backside (so the head of the rivet is on the backside) and hide them as much as possible. then use some short or long strand fibreglass putty (its like bondo) and spead it on the outside of it, then when thats dry sand it down and smooth and to the shape you want it, smear a layer of bondo over the glass and sand smooth and repaint. and your done.

thats what i'd do anyways.
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Is it just plastic? Could you just super glue it back together?
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Buy a new one.


Or if you MUST fix it... grind the back of it down, go to the local auto paint store and ask for some plastic repair adhesive. Use that to bond the two pieces together with some fiberglass mat or something similar. Its expensive and probably be better off buying a used grill thats not broken so be prepared for that.
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Is it just plastic? Could you just super glue it back together?

It might work. Its not gonna hurt anything but i dont know if itll break if you clip it in.
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Id look for another...after ur done riveting, glassing, bondo'ing and re painting, youd save urself a lot of time just buying another and wouldnt risk it breaking again.
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I would use long strand fiberglass to the backside of it to put it back together and hopefully give it some strength. Then go back and bondo over the remaining crack and smooth it out.
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I would use long strand fiberglass to the backside of it to put it back together and hopefully give it some strength. Then go back and bondo over the remaining crack and smooth it out.
ya but just bondo on the outside of it isnt gonna hold it together even with long strand fibreglass on the backside.
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edit. Nevermind lol
try this stuff it may work. if it adheres well, it will have a strong hold.
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ive been in a body shop for bout 15 years. not worth it to fix. ebay or craigslist a new or used one.
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What kind of work would I need to do to put like a newer sport grill on there.
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I was lucky I only cracked mine on the lower edge.

IMHO, If this was mine I would grind the back and fiberglass as KLC & Sixt9coug has suggested.
Align the front and bottom and use some duck tape or a clear shipping tape to hole it together, then once you are sure of your fit add some fiberglass resin, the glass and more resin.
Remember there is a curve to the grill.
Allow the whole thing to dry really well, depending on the hardener added it may take a little while.
Once fully cured, start fixing the front.
Sand it and see what it look like.
Bondo may be OK but it may need to be sanded down some and fiberglass added; sand and then add some bondo to finish.

Second choice would be to bring it to a auto body shop and see how much to fix it, might fool you, could be lower than you think and you can have them fix it.
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