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Plastic and Composite Repair
PLA03

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Pricing
Gold Class: $114.00
Platinum: $114.00
Standard: $138.00

This course helps satisfy ProLevel training requirements for the following roles:
Non-Structural Technician

This course meets New Technology training requirements for the following roles:
Estimator
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Estimator
Non-Structural Technician
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

  • Identify different types of plastics by their characteristics and determine the level of plastic identification that is required to perform a repair
  • Understand correct preparation procedures for plastics
  • Identify different types of plastics used on today's vehicles and the correct methods to repair each
  • Recognize proper adhesives for different repairs and when to use adhesion promoter
  • Perform one- and two-sided plastic adhesive repairs and mounting tab repairs
  • Understand the considerations around refinishing plastic parts
  • Identify the types of plastic welds in automotive applications
  • Identify welding equipment and its uses
  • Explain how hot air welds and airless welds are made
  • Identify differences between a fusion weld and an adhesion weld

Module 1 – Plastics Identification and Repair Considerations
In the first module, the student will be introduced to different plastics, including Polypropylene (PP), Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), and Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (FRP). The student will gain an understanding of plastics families, the relevance of ISO codes, how to identify varying characteristics of plastics, and the correct preparation procedures for repair. The student will also learn the considerations around repairs done with plastics and FRP.

Module 2 – Adhesive Bumper Repair
As the student moves through the course, he or she will gain an understanding of adhesives used in plastics repairs including when to use adhesion promoters. The student will also learn about the considerations around one- and two-sided adhesives repairs, as well as the importance of understanding how the level of plastic identification can affect a repair. In addition, this module also explains important considerations around performing mounting tab repairs and refinishing plastics after repairs.

Module 3 – Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Repair
The third module of the course discusses common FRP used on today’s vehicles and explains correct repair methods when working on FRP. The student will gain knowledge on proper preparation of FRP and important information on performing one- and two-sided FRP repairs, as well as FRP refinishing considerations.

Module 4 – Plastic Welding Repairs
In the final module of the course, the student will become familiar with plastic welding equipment and its uses. He or she will gain an understanding of the different types of plastic welds in automotive applications, including fusion welds and adhesion welds.

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