You may know that your lawn mower gas tank is plastic. Not only in the lawn mower, in many spheres, plastic is being used widely. There are several reasons behind this. Plastic weighs less, cheap and the important thing is that it is compatible almost everywhere. It is resistant to corrosion and rust also.
But, in spite of these high positive notes, there are some drawbacks too. Among them, cracking, splitting and breaking the tank is mentionable. However, this kind of problem can be fixed permanently. So, you don’t need to worry.
In this article, I will be talking about the ways following which you can fix your lawn mower plastic gas tank easily.
Steps to Fix Plastic Gas Tank on Lawn Mower
Drain the gas tank:
Your first step for fixing your lawn mower gas tank should be draining the tank. Make the tank empty if possible. It is not mandatory though. Wait a few moments and let the tank dry.
Sand the area to be repaired:
Your next step is sanding the are that you want to repair. You are supposed to find the sandpaper with your kits. You have to make sure that the area is “roughed up” in a good manner. It will provide a good bonding for the adhesive. After that, you have to wipe down the sanding area so that no dust remains there. You can do it easily using a rag.
Cut down the patch and overlap it:
Now, you have to use a scissor and cutting down the enclosed fiberglass repair patch so that it fits the intended repair area. So, simply cut the patch and overlap it slightly.
Mix the adhesive:
Your next task is mixing the adhesive. You are supposed to get the adhesive in your repair kit. This a two-part adhesive and you have to make sure that the mixture of this adhesive consists of 50/50 equal substance. Well, it is not mandatory to do it directly using your hand. You will find an applicator stick in the package. You can use it for mixing the adhesive.
Cover the pitching area and use the mixed adhesive:
Your final task goes here. At first, using the mixed adhesive you have to cover the patching area. Then, you need to press the patch steadily into the adhesive mixture. Coat the intended repairing area using the applicator stick.
Once the patching is done, your next turn should be covering the overlapping edges outside of the patches with extra adhesive. After that, let the patch dry according to the direction of the package. You will find most of the part of your adhesive ready within an hour or less than it.