How to Repair Plastic Gas Cans

by Reese Armstrong
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Plastic gas cans are used as back-up fuel containers for vehicles, or to fill up lawn mowers and other gas-powered machines. Unfortunately, the plastic can crack from long-term exposure to the elements or be punctured by sharp objects, causing the gasoline to leak. Fixing your plastic gas can will prevent you from having to buy a new one.

Step 1

Dump out any gasoline in the gas can.

Step 2

Locate the hole or crack in the gas can. Determine the size of the damaged area.

Step 3

Cut your plastic into a size that is large enough to patch the crack or hole.

Step 4

Place the piece of plastic on a large metal or other non-combustible surface.

Step 5

Heat the plastic piece with the heat gun until it is pliable and transparent. Heat the area of the gas can that is damaged as well.

Step 6

Apply the plastic piece onto the damaged area using tweezers. Connect and smooth down the area with the hot knife.

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