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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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The other thing is, are these shells really Lexan? Before 1970 or so, there's a chance they'd be in butyrate, a different material: that would apply to all the Lancer, Russkit and other clear bodies of the time.

For these bodies, if it's a clean split, I use either "crystal" clear, fast-setting epoxy, or Ambroid Pro-Weld. Lexan would probably need its own type of glue. And the self-adhesive strips sound good too - had never heard of these either.

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