How to Repair a Cracked Ice Chest

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic repair kit, such as Plast-aid

  • Gloves

  • Stir stick or any other small stick

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Ice chests and coolers are useful for keeping food and drinks cold, but when they are cracked they can leak and be ineffective. You can fix a cracked cooler, depending on where the crack is located—the inner lining or the exterior—and what type of material the cooler is made of. Fix a plastic cooler with plastic repair kits, which are available on the Internet or in home repair stores.


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Step 1

Wash hands and make sure that the cracked surface of the cooler is clean and dry.

Step 2

Set the cooler on a flat surface with the crack face up so that the plastic repair mixture won't drip.


Step 3

Put on a pair of gloves and mix the powder and liquid portions of the plastic repair kit according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4

Apply the plastic repair mixture to the crack. Use a stir stick or gloved finger to quickly fill in the crack before the mixture hardens.

Step 5

Allow the mixture to fully cure, according the manufacturer's instructions.


For a quick, temporary fix, seal the crack with duct tape.