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Old 03-31-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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reattaching cast metal letters with damaged posts.

I removed the pot-metal "AIRSTREAM" letters from the back panel of my trailer as I needed to replace the panel. Despite my best efforts to be careful, many of the little pot-metal posts that have the threaded nut on it holding the letter in place either got completely twisted off, or at least shortened. So I am looking for a clever way of reattaching them. I have seen the recommendations to just use a pop rivet and then paint the rivet, Have also considered drilling through all the letters and using a screw and nut or screw and threaded insert--but figure this might look even worse than the rivet.

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Old 03-31-2014, 08:20 AM   #2
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3M adhesives would be a good way to go.

There are many double stick tapes designed to attach things heavier to wall surfaces.

Clean/sand the backs of the letters, attach the double stick tape.

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Old 03-31-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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Your local automotive supply should carry a product made by 3M. I think it is called VHB tape. It is used to adhere the various badges to your automobile. It is a great product to keep around the garage for various projects.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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Windshield Urethane will glue almost any surfaces together, and will last almost for ever,

It was our preferred method of attaching emblems when I worked in an Auto Body shop.

Available where auto body supplies are sold, comes in a tube for use with a caulking gun.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:48 PM   #5
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Hmmm...I hadn't thought very seriously about sticky stuff. I have been using the trailer as an aluminum tent for a few months, and have been having hell trying to get battery operated "puck-lights" and electrical wiring stick-on fasteners to stay put on the inside of the shell. This even when the temperatures aren't in the nineties and the aluminum has been roughed up with a wire cup. I'm a little paranoid about the letters as they are basically made of unobtainium...
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