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xw6600
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

The front plastic bezel on my xw6600 workstation got damaged in transit.  What kind of glue or cement should I use to repair it?

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The best glue to use is a "superglue" and I specifically very much like the Gorilla brand superglue.  The best form of this to use is their smallest soft metal dispensers because you will have the best control over the amount and placement of the glue.  it is not their very good wood glue you are using.  Old superglue from previously opened larger containers is just not as good.

 

This literally will chemically melt back together the broken edges of the black plastic that HP uses.  The repair may be stronger than the original.  A key thing to know is that quite strong fumes are released by the glue during cure, and those fumes can frost the adjacent HP black plastic and other adjacent plastics such as some countertops and other surfaces if you don't follow the advice below.

 

The solution to that is to immediately get a little fan directed at the curing repair site to dilute the fumes and flush them away.  Any fan will do but I have a nice little USB powered fan that has a goose neck to direct the air flow perfectly.  Make sure the computer does not go to sleep... which will cut off the USB power usually.

 

Finally, use a very small amount of glue.... just enought to barely wet both sides of the repair.  Too much equals melting too much of the native plastic in the process, and a weaker bond.  If you do this right you only need to hold the two parts together perfectly for a few seconds, release, and time will take care of the rest.  The concept is that with the right amount of the Gorilla superglue you literally will chemically melt the two surfaces back together.  Keep the fan on for 6 hours at least.  Don't try to wipe off this glue if you used too much.... it will only look worse.  Don't glue your fingers to the project... voice of experience.

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@LADave 

 

Normal household permanent glues should work. For example

 

   https://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/basics-glue/hg102

 

Regards.

BH
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The best glue to use is a "superglue" and I specifically very much like the Gorilla brand superglue.  The best form of this to use is their smallest soft metal dispensers because you will have the best control over the amount and placement of the glue.  it is not their very good wood glue you are using.  Old superglue from previously opened larger containers is just not as good.

 

This literally will chemically melt back together the broken edges of the black plastic that HP uses.  The repair may be stronger than the original.  A key thing to know is that quite strong fumes are released by the glue during cure, and those fumes can frost the adjacent HP black plastic and other adjacent plastics such as some countertops and other surfaces if you don't follow the advice below.

 

The solution to that is to immediately get a little fan directed at the curing repair site to dilute the fumes and flush them away.  Any fan will do but I have a nice little USB powered fan that has a goose neck to direct the air flow perfectly.  Make sure the computer does not go to sleep... which will cut off the USB power usually.

 

Finally, use a very small amount of glue.... just enought to barely wet both sides of the repair.  Too much equals melting too much of the native plastic in the process, and a weaker bond.  If you do this right you only need to hold the two parts together perfectly for a few seconds, release, and time will take care of the rest.  The concept is that with the right amount of the Gorilla superglue you literally will chemically melt the two surfaces back together.  Keep the fan on for 6 hours at least.  Don't try to wipe off this glue if you used too much.... it will only look worse.  Don't glue your fingers to the project... voice of experience.

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