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We had a minor boo boo and I would like to use some super glue to glue back in a few busted pieces of plastic onto the rear tail light, for a fix until we buy a new tail light.

The super glue instructions state do not use on Polyethylene or Polypropylene type plastics, but that it works fine with most other plastics.

Does anyone know if the volt uses either of these two plastic types for the clear plastic tail light cover?
 

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Test it on a small piece.

Get some Epoxy. I used that stuff to glue a fish tank back together. It's impervious to weather and wil; bond your pieces stronger than they originally were. It's $6 at any home improvement store.
 

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Some Good epoxy will work much better. Yes it takes longer to cure, but super glue will outgass badly as it is curing and leave an ugly white area around the bond.
 

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The super glue instructions state do not use on Polyethylene or Polypropylene type plastics, but that it works fine with most other plastics.

Does anyone know if the volt uses either of these two plastic types for the clear plastic tail light cover?
It's not Polyethylene or Polypropylene, The first is used to make plastic sheets sometimes used as vapor-proofing stud walls, the second is often used for milk jugs. Superglue will work fine for a temporary repair of the taillight covers.
 

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I suggest using clear PVC water pipe cement it is one of the few cements available that will actually weld plastics. I used this on the lower grill on my Malibu and it is as strong as new.
 

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I suggest using clear PVC water pipe cement it is one of the few cements available that will actually weld plastics. I used this on the lower grill on my Malibu and it is as strong as new.
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This type cement uses ketone solvents such as acetone and/or MEK to actually dissolve/soften the polymer (usually acrylics in the case of lens material) and the polymer strands intermingle. The other types of glue depend upon a physical adhesion to the surfaces -- that's why they usually recommend sanding the surfaces to provide tiny scratches for the glues to grab onto.
 

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Hi,

We had a minor boo boo and I would like to use some super glue to glue back in a few busted pieces of plastic onto the rear tail light, for a fix until we buy a new tail light.

The super glue instructions state do not use on Polyethylene or Polypropylene type plastics, but that it works fine with most other plastics.

Does anyone know if the volt uses either of these two plastic types for the clear plastic tail light cover?
If the pieces are not too small and destroyed, the best temp fix is clear shipping tape. It will hold it together and if you can seal it will be water proof to protect any shiny surfaces.
 
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