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Old 05-16-2024, 02:53 PM   #1
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Recommendations for Lower Trim Repair

While doing my spring cleanup, I discovered one piece of my lower-trim had come loose (see the photo). This is all that is loose around the lower and upper trim inserts, and so far, just this much. While this may be the beginning of a larger job, I would like to stick this piece back on and see what happens down the road.

What are the restoration expert's recommendation(s) for gluing this back in place?

Thanks

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Old 05-16-2024, 03:09 PM   #2
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3M tape. Easy. (I just today finished replacing all of the lower trim on my 16’, not too big a job and looks great.)
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Old 05-16-2024, 03:28 PM   #3
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3M tape. Easy. (I just today finished replacing all of the lower trim on my 16, not too big a job and looks great.)
Thank you. I have a roll of that in the tool box.

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Old 05-16-2024, 04:11 PM   #4
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After cleaning the surfaces with alcohol I glued mine with Weldwood contact cement.
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Old 05-17-2024, 10:25 AM   #5
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I have had similar problem. I cleaned the surfaces with alcohol and used the
3m black auto Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive (not the tape).
It is wonderful stuff.
Easy project

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Old 05-17-2024, 10:36 AM   #6
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I just asked this question at our local dealer earlier this week. Their response: You definitely DO NOT want to use any type of adhesive like automotive trim adhesive or contact cement. The reason being, that strip covers up a line of rivets. If there is ever a repair need that requires the removal of those rivets you've complicated the job -- equals higher repair costs.

Clean both surfaces with alcohol and then use 3M tape as suggested by another poster.
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Old 05-17-2024, 12:15 PM   #7
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Totally agree with the prior posters, DO NOT use the weatherproof weatherstrip adhesive. I did this for a section of trim that came loose, not knowing any better. It held just fine, but was hard to apply without getting all over everything. The big issue came when it was time to fully replace the trim because the chrome finish peeled off, and the weatherstrip adhesive was a nightmare to remove. The double stick 3M VHB tape mostly came off with the molding strip or could be rubbed off with an eraser-type stick or wheel, but I had a rubbery mess where I had used the liquid adhesive that was impossible to remove.

The lesson I learned is to stick with the 3M tape for the trim re-attachment.

Another lesson learned, when I replaced the trim I switched to a matte black finish to avoid the continual cycle of chrome trim degradation and replacement, but also because I liked the look of the black accent better. YMMV.
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Old 05-17-2024, 12:24 PM   #8
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Picture of trailer with the replacement trim and custom accent stripe.....
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So there seem to be lots of 3M tape choices. Which one for this repair?
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Old 05-17-2024, 02:04 PM   #10
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Not sure it matters....I have used both 4950 and 5952 for various applications and did not find them to function any differently. One was white and the other was black. There are probably others that will work fine as well, keeping the rub rail adhered is not a high-stress installation.

Hope that helps.
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Old 05-17-2024, 02:19 PM   #11
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I agree that you don’t need a heavy duty tape for this application; the trim is lightweight and there are no forces on it. In fact, because the odds are that the entire trim strip will need to be replaced in the future you should plan ahead and avoid heavy duty tape.
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Old 05-18-2024, 01:02 PM   #12
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Here's what I have in my toolbox and what I want to use. I'm assuming this is the same as 4950 and 5952; I couldn't find those numbers on the package. Thanks for all the recommendations and cautions.

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Old 05-18-2024, 04:29 PM   #13
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I’m not familiar with all of the variations and part numbers, but 15 lb strength is excellent for this job.
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