How can I fix cracks or breaks in plastic lawn chairs?

Patty V.
by Patty V.

We have 2 plastic lawn chairs that have a crack in them. They are still in good shape otherwise, so I'd like to fix them if possible. I try not to send items to the landfill if they can be repaired if at all possible. Would duct tape hold?

  4 answers
  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 30, 2019

    Hi Patty. If the cracks are cosmetic

    1. use a two part epoxy,
    2. hold together with painter's tape until dry,
    3. use a very fine grit sand paper* and
    4. remove any excess glue, then go all over the chair lightly with the chair and
    5. spray paint with a spray specific to plastic.

    If the cracks are structural, put out in the recycle bin. There is nothing that can safely fix that.

    *The sand paper is to lightly rough up the surface to give the paint a better gripping surface.

  • Sandra Sandra on Jun 30, 2019

    Try J.B. Weld sold at Lowe's or Home Depot!

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Jul 01, 2019

    I don’t think anything would hold. Best to get rid of them and buy new ones.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 01, 2019

    Hello -Structural repair or cosmetic?

    Heres a cheaper - generic solution —->to JBWeld.

    But as strong as this putty is you may wish to watch the weight of the chairs users as not to overly stress the repair if you proceed—- for caution safety wise! I would suggest doing the repair on the bottom side where it might not be noticed.

    Epoxy putty

    Ive repaired so many things with the Oatey epoxy putty stick!

    I find it easier to work with than bondo and this clay like putty can be sculpted. It does harden in a few minutes and will dry gray needing painting.

    It's a two-part epoxy sticky-found at big box hardware stores for about $6.

    You mix press -then you can use scrape off excess (I use depleted gift card) and/or sand and paint. Cured putty is strong enough to drill through. Its a light grey putty.

    Oatey Putty safely seals/waterproofs for plumbing boat repairs.... Ive used it for exterior entry door frame wood rot repair, elliptical pedal repair, multiple arts and crafts repair of furniture, pottery- wood -ceramic- concrete statues -both wooden and metal candlesticks, even a garage laundry sink with a hole ( thanks for hiding that defect with carrots -previous homeowner)

    Every home owner crafter or second hand shopper need a 2 part putty epoxy stick!

    You can find other slightly more expensive and smaller 2 part epoxy sticks versions in the boat marine and wood repair sections this Oatey one is a great value.

    Consider the epoxy putty for your repair needs.