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Tips on repairing controller port plastic?
Posted on: 8/6 18:28
VB Gamer
Joined 2016/5/28
13 Posts
Long Time User (3 Years)
Hello all,

I feel like I posted about this before, but essentially, my VB suffered a fall, and it caused the controller/ext port plastic to snap in two. By that, I mean that the black plastic that goes on top of the PCB, the one which contains the controller port and ext port. The actual ports are not broken, they work fine. The snap point is directly beside the ext port, between the ext port and the screw hole at which the port is mounted to the case.

This is a problem because the controller port cannot be reliably used. You try to plug the controller in, and it gets pushed into the case, preventing connection. I would like to fix this issue. I believe that the cracked plastic should be able to be bonded back together. I tried to do so this weekend, but it did not work.

I used JB ClearWeld, which has served me well in other plastic jobs. After mixing the epoxy, I applied a thin layer to the cracked edges, forced the parts back together (as much as I could given they are two small parts which are not easy to handle in this way), and left them to dry. This, however, did not seem to set correctly. The epoxy is not firm and solid as I expected. I cannot figure what went wrong, perhaps I used a bad mixture (so it did not get the full treatment of epoxy melding), or perhaps the controller port is not made of a compatible type of plastic? If anybody knows what this part is made of, or has fixed this issue before, then I would love to hear your advice. Thanks!
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#2
Re: Tips on repairing controller port plastic?
Posted on: 8/6 21:14
VB Gamer
Joined 2018/8/13
24 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
Can you post a picture or two to imgur or the like?
Might help.

There's lots of ways you can fix it. I've seen folks use (not a good) soldering iron to melt slots, insert a straightened staple into the slot connecting both sides for strength, then melt the plastic back overtop of it.

Probably a few ways you can fix it if you can show us the damage.

Thanks!
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#3
Re: Tips on repairing controller port plastic?
Posted on: 8/6 21:18
VB Gamer
Joined 2018/8/13
24 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
And after a quick google search I learned there's neato tools like this!

https://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-hot- ... lastic-repair-system.html

I must have one.
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Re: Tips on repairing controller port plastic?
Posted on: 8/7 2:17
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Joined 2016/5/28
13 Posts
Long Time User (3 Years)
It looks like I just had a bad mix of epoxy before, comparing it to a second batch I used for another, unrelated repair. I had two bits in a container, the remnant of the second batch was yellowish and super-hard, while the remnant from the VB repair was gummy and mostly goo. I mixed a new batch and reapplied. I'm hopeful that it will work this time.
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