Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Northwestern Washington
Re: Wife Wanted Me Out of the House, So Off to the Garage and Clean it Out
Yeah only the two us even bid on them and it might have been more if it had not been a terrible day for a auction it was windy and raining sideways and there was just a small number of folks in the barn it was held in.
Today I had to redo the vent visors on my Dodge Ram. I wish folks would know that the 3M automotive 2 sided tape cannot be stretched and that the plastic on the vent visors has to have the molding plastic removed and the area where the tape goes should be scuffed up a little.
I was driving down the road at 50 MPH and I noticed that the drivers side front visor was lifting a little from the forward edge of the visor. I continued to drive into town and then ran the errand and stopped into the auto parts place and picked up a roll of 1/2" 3M tape. I get home and thankfully the vent visors did not come off and reach up and gently pulled the visor off with my hand. All the tape stuck to the body of my truck. One look told me that the company that made the visor did not properly prepare the plastic surface as there was no scuffing of the plastic and a few flashings from the manufacture process stuck in the tape that was on the body of my truck plus the company that made it had stretched the tape when they installed it onto the vent visor as it was less then 3/8ths of inch and wider then a 1/4". I could not find any 3M tape in the 3/8" only 1/4" and 1/2". I ended up doing all 4 of the vent visors as they all pulled off really easy.
I then removed all the 3M tape from the body of my truck and cleaned it 3 times with Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) now onto the vent visor and I took out a piece of scotch bright pad and lightly scuffed the tape surface of the plastic and then cleaned it 3 times with IPA and applied the new tape make sure not to stretch the tape and then reinstalling on the truck. This time it stuck hard and fast to the truck. At least I do know my prep work was correct as the tape remained on the body of the truck, I just wish they would not skip needed step to make for a quality installation and most likely the manufacture would blame the customer for not doing prep work when I actually know it was the manufacture being lazy.
My John Deere Collection
2009 John Deere 2305 with Front End Loader, Backhoe and 62C Mower
2017 John Deere X590 with 54" Accel Deep Mower
Last edited by Michael; 05-18-2019 at 12:40 AM.