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Old 04-21-2019, 04:31 PM   #1
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Interior screws falling out

I have smome mounting screws in one or too places that have lost thier bite. One is in factory installed wall plastic in a passenger van interior, and the other is in the thin wood veneer pop-top panel. Have any of you found an aesthetic/unnoticeable fix for this?

I can think of a variety of potential-to-try fixes (dab of silicone, maybe finding some kind of nylon mini anchor or something, "use a bigger screw"), but I'm hoping to find something that folks know works the first time and is both long lasting as well as good looking. So, I am hoping some of you have thought of something clever that works well in this circumstance. Let me know! Thank you all!
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Old 04-22-2019, 11:19 AM   #2
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Pictures would be very helpful in determining what would be the best solution. I had a very similar question last week and posted pictures and people chimed in with about 5 great solutions.
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The screws that have lost bite are in two places. One is in the ceiling area where the anti-collapse pop-top bars mount (pic below). The second is in the curtain rail that was screwed into the factory plastic interior molding. Pics are below. The ceiling area is pretty clear, but, it was hard to get a decent shot of the curtain railing area since it is only the one screw. I'm currently thinking some kind of shim or low profile anchor or dab of silicon might be the trick, but want to make sure the first solution is a long lasting one and am hoping someone around here has experience with a good fix. Let me know folks. Thank you!


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Old 04-28-2019, 07:36 AM   #4
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Ug - looks like a photo fail. Here's the link:


https://photos.app.goo.gl/ysPcTwjQpKQACgPr5
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Old 05-03-2019, 05:57 PM   #5
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Bump.


Any recommendations on/experience with an effective fix for this?
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:29 PM   #6
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I have read removing the screws and filling the holes with epoxy is a fix. Then you screw back into the epoxy.
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Ah - that makes a lot more sense that silicon! Thanks KTMRIDER!
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Ah - that makes a lot more sense that silicon! Thanks KTMRIDER!
You could also add a toothpick with glue or epoxy on it and stuff the toothpick in the hole. Not sure which is best but both of the above methods would probably work.Let us know how it works out.
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2X the toothpicks and woodworkers white glue.

Those fat, sharp ended toothpicks work the best.
Use a toothpick covered with glue to coat the inside of the screw hole.
Coat toothpicks with glue and Jam several in to fill the hole. Install the screws while the glue still wet.
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2X the toothpicks and woodworkers white glue.

Those fat, sharp ended toothpicks work the best.
Use a toothpick covered with glue to coat the inside of the screw hole.
Coat toothpicks with glue and Jam several in to fill the hole. Install the screws while the glue still wet.
If this method is selected, make sure that the stripped hole in question is actually in wood that the wood glue can bond too. Also, wood glue does a very poor job filling gaps (it is meant to bond in situations that are flush fitting with no voids). Epoxy type glue does a MUCH better job of filling voids and still provides strength. There are many types of "epoxy", but for filling stripped out screw holes, I really like the putty type. Comes in tubes and is mixed by "kneeding" it. Then when inserted into the hole it won't run out, especially useful when using on vertical or overhead locations. When it's dry - simply drill a pilot hole of appropriate size and screw back into it. Just make sure it's dry or you'll have a rough time ever removing the screw again. Best of luck.
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