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Star cracks have appeared around the one piece plastic basin/cupboard fixings in our Ariva, in some places the screws have almost pulled out of the plastic.  

 

This has happen quite quickly, is it a combination of the body flexing in travel and aging plastic? (7 years old)

 

Any suggestions how I could make a descent repair? 

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That looks like a GRP moulding.   Only place to start is to take it off and have a look inside.   If it is GRP, that wouldn't be too horrendous to strengthen and repair from the back. .. Epoxy and the appropriate glass tape would be my thinking, and maybe ensure you have a solid block of thickened epoxy behind the screw holes. .. so that the screws no longer stress the moulding (effectively an epoxy spacer).

 

It's an indoor job for the warm, epoxy doesn't' like the cold (everything well above 10C), and take your time. ..  I'd try to find a small pack of West Epoxy, and a small pack of filler (e. .g. silica) to help make the spacers.  

 

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That's ABS (plastic) not GRP.

 

Repairable but difficult, you could try bonding a patch of ABS across the damage at the back using a polyurethane adhesive like PU18 or similar. A specialist could probably make a decent job of it (at a price).

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As said its ABS where they have tightened the screws too much its not GRP, they ought to have put a bit of packing at the back first.

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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