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Old 07-27-2015, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default loose black plastic panel over water intake

mine has become loose. This is not an uncommon issue. Some have removed the panel and just painted the metal black. I would like to have it reattached. BUT i'm open to suggestions.

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Old 07-27-2015, 06:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: loose black plastic panel over water intake

Reattach it. Highly unlikely to get a replacement. If in good addition, keep it.

You'll need to find a capable person to use a very thin thingy to squeeze adhesive behind panel--like a syringe.

1. Adhesive--recall maybe Sikaflex of some type. Original adhesive holds on so strongly that panel removal is by breaking pieces. Need a strong flexible adhesive.
2. No way to really prep underneath (maybe water and dry)
3. Tape panel securely while adhesive sets (do not let tape get exposed to sun and use right type of tape). After tape sat in sun, I had to spend hours getting the gooey adhesive off the panel.
4. In early retrofit campaign, one modification was to trim edges of panels so there was a bigger gap between edges and body sheetmetsl. Don't know whether this was to prevent panels from cracking or expanding/separating from body.

Maybe someone can chime in on whether a flexible sealant/adhesive around perimeter might help. Wind from prying underneath--would leave bottom gap to let any moisture to leave.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: loose black plastic panel over water intake

I also vaguely recalling someone using rivets or screws to keep in place. Would need some caution as original black panels often cracked from the screws through the panel around the water filler (later panels had a bigger opening so screws for water filler did not go through panel).

Also, folks who removed panel permanently indicated some prep work needed as sheet metal under panel was not paint ready (rippled).
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Old 07-28-2015, 12:53 AM   #4
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Its called panel bonding adhesive.


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Old 07-28-2015, 02:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: loose black plastic panel over water intake

Discus,
I'm heading through the south, I need to visit Dr. A for a major service, 100K miles +. I see you're in GA. Do you know of a body shop that could handle reattaching the panel?
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Old 07-28-2015, 02:30 AM   #6
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Default Re: loose black plastic panel over water intake

Old West,
I called Colonial and the service dept. wasn't really interested in doing anything.

I'll see what ideas and suggestions the Westyfest group has. I recall Tim had his taken off and painted black. My panel is still in good shape, improved design that was replaced when the original cracked around the water inlet, and I prefer to get it reattached.
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Call David @ +1 (404) 510-8240. He is not far from me. He has worked on 2 westies. We can certainly meet up. When are you arriving?


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Old 07-28-2015, 10:32 PM   #8
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I'll probably be in the area the latter part of Sept. I'll give you a heads up when I pass through the Mason Dixon line.
Thank you for the info.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:14 AM   #9
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Default Re: loose black plastic panel over water intake

I would like to remove my black plastic panels permanently.

What is behind them, glass windows or the metal panels you see on cargo vans with no windows ?

Any suggestions for removing them without damaging anything ?

Are they any pictures of Westys with them removed floating around?
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:46 AM   #10
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Default Re: loose black plastic panel over water intake

I found what I was looking for over on the Yahoo group.

I don't understand what the purpose and/or design idea was behind the black plastic panels ?

I like the smooth look of the body metal, but I will paint them (the side and two rear panels) silver/gray to match the rest of the rig.
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