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Old 06-28-2022, 03:29 PM   #1
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Wheel Well Trim

The black rubber trim around my E250 '97 wheel well pulled away from the frame in our 105 degree heat. What is the best adhesive to re-attach?
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:21 PM   #2
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Don't know what originally held this trim in place - but are self tap screws a reasonable option - along with carefully applied Sika Flex - and all surfaces thoroughly cleaned first ??
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:46 PM   #3
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Looks like some type of glue.Click image for larger version

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Old 07-01-2022, 07:33 AM   #4
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VHB tape.Tape is what‘s typically being used. Just clean it off with Isopropanol or similar and slightly (!) flame the plastic with a burner (blue flame!!).
You can double up the tape if the gap is bigger than the tape thickness.

Sika flex would also work, but you would have to keep it in place while curing due to the tension on the trim.
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VHB tape.Tape is what‘s typically being used. Just clean it off with Isopropanol or similar and slightly (!) flame the plastic with a burner (blue flame!!).
Alcohol is a decent cleaner BUT you want to be sure it is not allowed to dry or evaporate on the substrates. When evaporated it leaves a white film that interferes with VHB adhesion. Wipe it on to clean the surface then immediately wipe it off.

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You can double up the tape if the gap is bigger than the tape thickness.
I've not had much success with this process even in a dry area (interior) so not sure how effective it would be in an exterior application like wheel well trim.

Good luck with this---please let us know how it works for you!
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