Reply 23560 of 25384, by Shponglefan
The brittle plastic on my Epson Equity III+ continues to be an issue.
My initial acetone repair didn't hold as both the front struts between the disk drives broke (again!), along with the front grill. In addition, the plastic would chip in the process with small pieces flaking off.
Instead of just acetone, I decided to try epoxy as well.
I initially set the pieces again using acetone. Then I applied a 2-part epoxy (JB Weld) to fill in the missing chips and add some more structural support. I also filled in the backsides of the struts. I'm hoping this provides some additional reinforcement to these pieces, as they seem quite brittle.
It took a few rounds to build up an epoxy layer around the joints. Once that was done, I sanded everything and finally applied some light airbrushing to blend the surface colors.
The end result doesn't look too bad. Close inspection reveals there was definitely some work done. I did want to leave some extra epoxy around the joints, so it's not properly squared off.
I'm hoping this is the last I have to repair this case. Really wish this thing wasn't so fragile, but I guess it's the consequences of really old plastic.