Jerry's Evolving Thoughts on "new-to-me" Prime Premium

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    My plan was to include some sort of plastic or wooden splint on the back, but the reinforcing parts on the back side were in the way of splinting it. On thought I has was using a piece of acrylic as the splint and then dissolving acrylic chips in acetone to make a repair paste.
     
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    I haven't been keeping up on Prime stuff...but this looks like an obvious design flaw....yes? I defer to the gurus for the correct answer. (y)
     
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    Doing some search, I found this video.


    Turned out it is called Line-X, the material used to spray onto the truck bed. It is not the most aesthetic material to cover the front of the car, but if it can be smoothed out a little bit more and maybe paint it, then it may work??? I emailed a local line-X service center to check if they can do such an application.
     
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    Watched a Utube video where alternatives to commercial acrylic cement were tested. Acetone was one of the poor performers. MEK did well. Unless its evaporation rate is much greater than acetone's, it should be a better choice in terms of durability.

    I was going to mention those bedliners. There are roll on ones at Walmart and else where, and other colors might be possible. The texture is from strengthening fibers in the material. Smoothing it out likely isn't possible without reducing its strength.
     
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    I haven't used MEK since OHSHA or the EPA or someone banned it from our factories about 30-40 years ago. It was an amazing solvent and cleaner. I didn't know it was still available. The Acetone isn's so much an adhesive as it is a solvent that welds the parts together. Unless it does something to weaken the plastic, it should be as strong as the original (which isn't saying much in this case :rolleyes:).
     
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    MEK is usually right next to the acetone in a hardware store. Label says it dries slower than acetone, so it should give more work time when making an acrylic paste.

    These cements all chemically weld the plastic, but the weld quality isn't the same between them. This video tested different substitutes to commercial cement. MEK was the only one to be acceptable as a possible replacement for most uses, but even it falls short of commercial. I think DIY aquarium builders have used MEK, but that was before you could get anything off Amazon.

    It appears acetone evaporates out before fully welding the pieces.
     
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    This is what I ordered, Not exactly sure what it is made out of but most YouTube videos I watched for acrylic repair suggests using Weldon #3.
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    Do you have a video or
    Did you get the time to replace this part. Do you have any video or pictures of the replacement. I am planning to do the same for my 2017 Prime Advanced. The PDF file looks like a doable task, but it is not very clear. Any video or more photos of the replacement process will help a lot.
     
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    Not yet. I have to fix cracks first and planning to mod the license plate holder portion to make a 12v battery plug-in port. Also planing to paint or wrap the piece for added strength. It should not be very difficult, but never know until I get to it. The problem is that I have to work on it outside. I have to pick a very nice day for this to happen. When I am done, I can post the result and maybe step by step pics as Jerry did, but sorry, I won't be making any video. That would be too much additional work.
     
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    You don't have many nice days left this year, amigo! :) I'm eager to see your results.
     
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    Yeah, the temp this morning dipped to below freezing for the time. All summer flowers and vegetables gone in a single night.:(
     
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    Coldest morning of the season here this morning. Got down to 75. First comfortable morning since I don't know when.
     
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    Day temp here are still very mild in mid 60s. Plus, very good thing is that with the first frost out of the way, now all the bugs are gone. Very nice to work outside during afternoon.

    I want to strengthen the acrylic piece but I can't find right material. Plastidip paint in not likely to add any strength. It will just crack again. The wrap may give little more tensile strength. I actually ordered this wrap, indestructible wrap by VViVid, but it does not look right on the car.
     
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    We saw our first light frost this past weekend here in Virginia.
     
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    We're headed for Ohio, Iowa, and Tennessee in 17 days. Looking forward to jeans & jacket. :)
     
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    Well, flocks of Floridians are heading back south soon. I can always tell they are from the south. They have down jackets on when most locals are in shorts and no sleeves. :LOL:
     
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    :LOL::LOL::LOL: Yup! I know what you mean. After I moved here, I'd laugh at the wimps wearing parkas in 50 degree weather. One of my friends said, "Just wait. Your blood will thin out." That was late 1994. I'm still waiting. :whistle:
     
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    The low morning temperatures in Chicago are cold-soaking my traction batteries making it difficult to achieve the normal (for summer) 6.3 miles per kW. Waaay down into the 5.2's now. :cry:
     
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    6.3 is outstanding!! With the traffic here (50-60 mph with stops at least once a mile) and the typical air conditioning load, 5.2 is pretty good for me.
     
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    Same. 6.3 is normal?! Dang! I'm usually in the mid 5s. Traffic volume has significantly increased (doubled from 2006 to 2016 in terms of registered vehicles) so the stuff I used to be able to do with my Gen 2, I can't do due to traffic. But COVID has helped reduced traffic volumes to... maybe 2010 levels.
     
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