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Need tips for repair of broke sleigh rail

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So the strong wind storm last Wednesday blew my Santa and Rudolph off the roof.  The main damage is the the sleigh rail.  It broke right where the cross bar goes through it.  This part is structural, so I needs to be reinforced some how.  Any tips?

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My suggestion:

Take it apart to the point where  you have that gold plastic piece that's broken separate from everything else.  Lay it out flat, see if it will just lay in the exact proper position by itself or if you need to brace it together.  Lay down a piece of bracing material (metal rod ?) in either one of those inside corners so it spans the break and runs to either end of that space.  run a fat line of epoxy down in the corner, push your rod down into it, make sure the piece is in the proper position, leave it to dry overnight.

The next day you may want to run more epoxy not so much for strength as to smooth out the lines of the repair.  Let it dry.  Go over it with some gold spray paint - they make them in a "works on plastic" model now.  If needed spray the whole piece to disguise the repair.  Put back together, put back on roof, from the ground even you will have trouble seeing the fix.  This will now be the strongest section of the entire piece.

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