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Repairing A Cracked Plastic Tub?

There's no way to afford a new tub right now. Does anyone know how to repair a plastic bathtub? I have a garden tub and the seat is cracked to the point that unless I keep duct tape (the only thing to stay on more than a few days so far) over the crack, the tub leaks horribly. Thanks in advance.

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By Sarah Leach from Berrien Springs, MI

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By duckie43 (Guest Post)
July 1, 20081 found this helpful
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I ran into this problem when I was renting a mobile home. I used Bondo. I think thats how its spelled. Its the same product they use to repair fiber glass bodies on car. Instructions are on the can and its not hard to do.

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September 1, 20091 found this helpful
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You could try a epoxy adhesive. They are water proof. The best are two part adhesives. They are available at Home Depot and Lowes. You will find them in the paint section. read and follow directions.

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March 18, 20171 found this helpful

Dont bother with the epoxy if you put pressure on it, it will only crack again

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Anonymous
March 5, 20190 found this helpful

I tried epoxy at Lowe's not worth a s***

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September 1, 20091 found this helpful
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It depends on how big the crack is. One option (if it is a small crack) is model glue (found in the model toy section at box stores). This works by melding the plastic together.

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If there are chunks missing out of it, there are a few options. Epoxy (already mentioned), water-proof caulk, and I also think there is a JB weld for plastics (found in most Ace Hardware stores).

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September 3, 20091 found this helpful
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Try going to a bathtub sales store and explain your predicament to them. They don't bite! They will tell you what to use and how to do it. Lowes and Home Hardware will probably be your best bets. Good luck. Take a picture, if possible.

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September 1, 20091 found this helpful

Ages ago DH bought a fiberglass tub/shower with some damage. It leaked a bit. He bought a fiberglass repair kit, a horrible smelling concoction with mesh to attach to the shower wall.

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It wasn't attractive but it stopped the leaking. Maybe that would adhere to your plastic. If it looks too bad some decals would cover it.

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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

There's not a place to edit the original post, so here I am with further explanation:
The crack is in the inner curve of the built in seat/step of a plastic garden tub. At this point it's only a crack about 7 or 8 inches long. I've tried caulking the crack and also tried using Gorilla Glue, both of which peeled off. However, at the time I didn't realize that I needed to scuff the area with sandpaper.

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September 2, 20090 found this helpful

I doubt that ordinary glue would make a repair; you should also use Acetone to clean the surface area before attempting to patch. I wonder if a Hot Glue application would suffice?

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September 2, 20091 found this helpful

Just about any auto parts store will have the fiberglass repair kit and I think it's probably your only option at this time.

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February 14, 20101 found this helpful

If it is ABS or other solvent reactive plastic, check out the products on this website www.plasti-mend.com. They work very well. They will even fill in the holes. You can contact them with any questions.

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