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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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They're sold as 'body armour' from a few sites, Don. The Parma stuff is as good as any other.

I was about to remark on the likelihood that 40 year old bodies were not actually Lexan. Another side of this is that without the self-etching properties of modern polycarbonate specific paints, the strong adhesive employed on body armour might well pull some of the vintage paint away before it reinforced the body split.
Don's glue suggestions might be the best way forward.

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