Mesh Grill Bonding...Probably a 'Rookie' Question

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Mesh Grill Bonding...Probably a 'Rookie' Question

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So I've searched without success (here and web) for the best way to bond mesh grill panel to the back side of a Cossie-style grill opening. My first thought was 3M trim tape, but that's going to be visible from the side. And there is very little flat surface on the backside of the grill for a bead of Loctite to hold the mesh securely. So give this paint-and-body rookie a clue.
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Mine was "glassed" in.... Thats how it came
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I'm trying to remember how I did this on my Ranger when I was a kid, but I'm 95% I used an epoxy. Autozone has some 3M epoxy for plastic and IIRC, that was the ticket. It held up for years, was still good when I got rid of the truck as well. Just make sure to sand and clean the areas where you intend to apply the epoxy.
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I fiberglassed mine in.
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I can't imagine that a few well-placed gobs of JB Weld or the like wouldn't do the trick. You could even glue on some simple brackets if you'd like to have it removable for some reason.
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Two part epoxy will work or use a soldering iron and zip ties for filler material to plastic weld it in place. Plastic welding Rules!
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Never thought about using zip ties with the solder iron to plastic weld!
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Make sure they aren't nylon ties...
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JB Weld 2 part epoxy - clean, sand (100 grit or so) the areas, done.
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Great stuff here...insights well beyond my meager skills and limited imagination! Pretty sure I can take my two left thumbs and pull this off now. Thanks.
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Now for the punch line...with all the suggestions posted here, I took a walk through Home Depot. I finally settled on a little 6-pack of 3M 'command strips' plastic accessory hooks. They should work perfectly with the tiny zip-ties holding the mesh in place. And if the mesh ever needs to be replaced, it'll be a 2-minute job. Wouldn't have gotten to that solution without your input. Thanks again.
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