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Melting Plastic

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I haven't done it myself, but just read about it in Dan Erlwines book on finishing. There is a product called binding melt that you can rub on and melts the seems together. The other way he said was to dissolve a piece of binding in laquer thinner. My guess would be to make it just viscuss enough to be able to spread it.

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"Plastic" can be a very general term. There are two main types of plastics, thermosetting and thermoplastics. One which will stretch and retain its shape when heated and cooled down again and I forgot which one, but one type can't melt.

So before trying to melt the plastic, it is best to understand which one you have and if it is suitable for fixing the bind seem.

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Acetone works fine on modern ABS bindings too. I use it all the time. It doesn't get completely liquid. More like soft goo. I use it all the time to get my lap joints invisible.

And that’s not cheating. That’s being smart :D

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