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bartlettj

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Posted: 07/11/18 10:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used vhb tape for mine, it has held up well. Clean the filon with rubbing alcohol to remove any grime and wax first.

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Roy, I'm with you. All the backup/observation cameras I've seen on trailers are mounted high, and it makes sense why. I keep my observation camera on whenever I'm traveling, and I can see who is behind me day or night. If the camera was mounted low, all I would get is glare at night.

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yes, VHB will hold a lot of weight. I've used it quite often to attach items.

However, there is one very important step that isn't often listed on the tape package if you want the very best possible adhesion. 3M VHB is designed to be used with a 3M adhesion promotor on almost all materials to achieve the holding strength the advertize. this adhesion promotor comes in small foil packages like the small alcohol wipes. It is used on both surfaces before attaching the item.

Good news is it is available on amazon. look for 3m PN 06396 usually available as bulk or individual items.

Using the adhesion promoter I have never had a bond failure. And the few times I wanted to remove something, well, kinda like using red loctite!! a real PITA to get it off, it takes some serious work.


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Using the adhesion promoter I have never had a bond failure. And the few times I wanted to remove something, well, kinda like using red loctite!! a real PITA to get it off, it takes some serious work.

Good information. It also points out one consideration: A user may want to install a mounting bracket that can accomodate different cameras. It would be easier to swap out cameras in the future.

FWIW, I don't have an issue drilling holes through any surface as I know how to seal them. Admittedly, the first time I installed a knot meter through the bottom of a boat hull, I was apprehensive. Since then, no anxiety. 3M also makes a carpet seaming tape in various grades. The "Extra Heavy Duty" tape bonds securely. I've used it to hold molds and jigs together for machining and, typically, it will pull apart wood when trying to release.


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