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Old 10-03-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Question Double Stick Tape

I recently discovered a leak above the back bumper (surprise). Fortunately I discovered the leak before any major floor damage occurred. I removed the mylar covered strip from the aluminum strip at floor level. I removed the screws and rivets holding the aluminum strip (at least enough to get to all the back bumper). I cleaned and caulked above the back bumper and am now waiting for the caulk to dry. In the meantime, I began searching for double stick tape to re-apply the mylar covered inset in the aluminum strip. There must be a million double stick tapes out there. I did a search on this site but did not find the right post. Maybe I was not using the right search words. Anyone know what is the best choice to use? Help!!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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The ones designated for auto body side moldings. 3M is my mfr of choice.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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Morgan guy, can you post some pics?
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:46 PM   #4
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I Buy It at Auto Zone

...just as dznf0g says, it's auto body trim and molding tape made by 3-M. Purchase the size that is the same width as the flexible, brown underside of the chrome trim strip.
You must remove all the old, tape residue and do a final cleaning with denatured alcohol or similar.
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I am having trouble getting my pictures to upload from my phone to my computer. Will upload when I get this sorted out.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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The problem I am having is there are dozens of 3M tapes available. Which type specifically is best to use. It seems the foam core won't be strong enough but other than that, I am not sure which to use.
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I used 3M Outdoor Double-Faced tape made to hold signs, etc, in place...it was about 1.8" thick. Our trim insert had come loose...the tape was the perfect width to insert into the track (there are probably different widths)...and that trim isn't going anywhere now.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:35 AM   #8
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Based on suggestions I received in PM's, I am ordering 3M 5952 VHB (very high bond) tape. I will post an update when I try it out.
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Warm enough today, so I installed the tape on the flexible trim and then installed it in the aluminum strip. Still haven't gotten my computer to talk with my phone so no pictures to post. Hopefully after I cleaned everything up with alcohol beforehand, it will stay there for a while. The trim at the back was only a year old. Last year while driving in New Mexico I noticed something flapping around behind the trailer. I pulled over out in the middle of nowhere, NM and discovered that the flexible trim had come loose for about ten feet in the back. I pulled the rest loose around to the door and replaced it when we got home. Since I had only had it a year, I did not want to discard it when I was repairing the leak.
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