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Lexan Body Repair

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Hi all. Long time lurker, just started posting recently.

I've raced modern 1/24 cars for about 4 years now and I am just getting into the vintage scene. I've picked up a few cars that have lexan bodies that are for the most part intact, with maybe one of two small (less than 1/4") tears in them. What are the popular methods for making a repair? For my regular race cars, I'd use a nylon packing tape, but considering that these bodies are 40 years old with 40 year old paint, I'm curious if there's a better way to fix the tears.

I did a seach on the topic and didn't see anything posted already, but if I missed something existing I'm sorry for the exta post.

Thanks ahead of time for any ideas.
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If the body is not for serious use but to be kept as an original I have used a hot glue gun with good results.
Works well for splits in corners on either butyrate or polycarbonate [not the silly thin *** paper ones though] , lay a bead of hot glue then wait a few seconds then smear the bead over the split with your finger, a good resistance to pain is a help!
Holds quite well as its a flexible repair, however make sure the paint is well keyed to the surface or the glue will peal off with the paint.
Good luck.
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