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Old 05-23-2014, 08:34 PM   #1
 
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Default Need ice cooler cover

The ice cooler cover on our Mariah 182 Shabah has cracked over the winter. The cover is just a thin plastic veneer over the plastic door. The thin plastic cover over the door has cracked--not the door itself. Any idea how to repair this? Can I just fill the cracks and paint over it? Should I replace the cover ? I can remove the door and disassemble the cover from the door---maybe I can find some vinyl the same color (Light Tan) as the plastic cover and stretch it over the door. Has any one had this problem?
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    Bummer Jake.
    Option 1:
    You could fill the cracks with epoxy and use a plastic adhesion promoter on it , then paint with a plastics paint such as "Krylon Fusion". I have used it for exterior plastics on vehicles before with great results.
    Option 2:
    Use a waterproof adhesive like "3M Super 77" on both the new vinyl and the cover and glue it.
    Option 3:
    Find a new cover piece.
    That's going to be like finding a needle in a haystack.
    Personally , I'd go for option 1. If you don't like the result , you can always do option 2.
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    Default Re: Need ice cooler cover

    Thanks Larry---
    I was hoping that I could find a new cover--but like you say, "It's like finding a needle in a haystack".
    I have a friend who has a body shop. Maybe he has the materials to fix this as you described.
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    Plastic welding might work.
    Good idea.
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