me first start by introducing the products that I use. I used a
brand called SEM. There are several brands on the market for plastic
body work, but SEM and FUSOR products tend to have good results from
what I have read. I actually wanted to get FUSOR products, but I was
unable to find them any where near me.
The products that I purchased are the - Plastic Welder - Plastic
Prep - and the - Plastic Filler - . Along with the cocking type gun
you need to press out the epoxies.
took off my rear farings (on the bottom) and I decided I wanted to
make the 2 pieces one. I also wanted to get rid of the large ugly
mud flap. I didn't want to just cut it off and then have an
eye sore. So I decided to do a little body work to it.
For this article, I
wanted to do
something that was quick and easy as a demo. So I chose to fill the
2 big holes that are also located on this panel.
The picture to the left
shows what the 2 holes I want to eliminate look like.
You will notice under the holes 2 pieces of grey plastic. I cut
these off an old tool assortment casing. I will use these to put
behind the holes so the filler has something to adhere to.
have to start with sanding the area around where you are going to
put any glue (plastic welding), and the filler.
This is what the holes and the back up pieces look like after they
The next step is to
use the plastic prep solution. This is basically a cleaner that
takes any impurities out of the plastics surface and promotes
adhesion to the plastic. After the plastic is wiped down with the
prep solution, you are ready to start applying glue and/or filler.
I started by taking the glue (plastic welder) and placed it all
around the holes. Then I took my grey pieces and pressed them into
the glue. After I pressed them in, I covered the edges with even
This is what it look like after the back up pieces had been glued
epoxy cures very quickly. It only takes about 5 minutes from
the time it is mixed until it is fully cured.
Here is what the
holes look like from the front. At this point I am now ready to fill
these holes with the filler epoxy
After the filler is mixed, just place big gobs of the stuff over the
areas you want filled. It is really easy to sand down, so don't
worry about putting too much on.
This is what it looks like after the holes are filled in with the
you have to sand the excess down so that it is flat and smooth with
the rest of the body panel.
Here is what the holes look like after they have been sanded smooth
with the body panel: (You can also see in this picture what I did
where I removed the mud flap and made the 2 pieces one.)
||Here is another picture taken
from the side. Here you can really see what I have done with
the 2 separate pieces and removal of the mud flap.
it looks pretty ugly huh? Now it is time for some paint... I
have been using KRYLON'S new FUSION paint... It is made so that it
molecularly adheres to plastics without having to sand prior to
painting, and no sanding after painting is required. I used the SEM
plastic prep and wiped down all the surface I was planning to paint
just in case.
is what it looks like after it has been painted. I have to say
I am very happy with Krylon's Fusion paint. It adheres to the
plastic very well, seems to be very tough, holds up well and it has
an awesome glossy finish. One of the only drawbacks I have
found is that it isn't chemical resistant at all. You get any
gas on it and it bubbles the paint.
another picture from the side. From start to finish, it took
me about a week to do. But now I have a completely customized
faring for my scoot that looks 10X better than the stock faring with
that ugly mud flap.