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SKS Chromoplastic fender molding with heat gun?

Old 11-06-18, 11:45 AM
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SKS Chromoplastic fender molding with heat gun?

Is it ok to heat gun the chromoplastic fender to bend here and there to fit better to the bike?
Did someone try it here - any tricks, suggestions is very appreciated
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Old 11-06-18, 01:17 PM
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Is it ok to heat gun the chromoplastic fender to bend here and there to fit better to the bike?
Did someone try it here - any tricks, suggestions is very appreciated
I do it as a matter of fact and also glue pieces of such fenders with epoxy. It is best to use a gun with continuous temperature adjustments. In general go from low side. If you overheat the plastic it begins to boil. Heat, focusing on the area you want to deform. Have a plan for what you want to achieve. When the plastic softens use slip-joint pliers to reach a deformation you want. If the plastic is not hot enough it will try to go back towards original shape. If this is the case, raise temperature slightly for the gun. It is a good idea to wear thick protective gloves to be able to grab the plastic for bending if you want to.
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fenders are a pain in the butt. take your time, it's an art form. can you post a photo of the problem area?
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Yes, I've done it, too. I have a commuter with a narrow carbon fork, and needed to get clearance for the fender and a reasonable size tire. I installed the fender, carefully used my electric heat gun, and wore leather gloves to mold the plastic up into my fork crown and hold it there until it cooled. Just be careful with the heat.
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