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Old 11-29-2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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2 Questions about 3M trim tape

1. Has anyone used it? I'm talking about the two sided tape with foam in between. The car in question has had bodywork done and I'm having a helluva time getting the door moldings to fit properly with the stock clips. Does it work well and how durable is it?

2. Where can I buy it?


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Old 11-29-2010, 10:58 PM   #2
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I used some but it was exposed to weather. Held all of two minutes after it got wet.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:54 PM   #3
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automotive 3m tape will work - try napa or carquest
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:10 PM   #4
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:31 PM   #5
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^^I got DDM M3 moldings brand new. I heard mixed reviews about quality but thought what the Hell, they're cheap enough. One side fits perfectly but on the other side, as I mentioned, there has been bodywork done in the past. I can tell because you can see the cheese under the paint at the edges of the holes. The work done is far from a hack job, but it's kinda like taping drywall - you can't tell visually, but the presence of cheese raises the overall depth of the groove in which the clips sit just enough that they won't snap in like they're supposed to in some spots. Know what I mean?

I thought of possibly grinding down parts of the molding itself to allow it to come closer to the body, but it's probably just easier to use the tape. I found a few places that have it, but would still like to hear some reviews if anyone has experience with it
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It works really nicely.
The key is getting the surface clean clean clean first.
Use 440 solvent, or isoproyl alcohol. Keep wiping the area with a clean rag, until no dirt shows on the rag.
Do both mating surfaces, make sure its dry
Whatever you stick on will never come off.
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:59 PM   #7
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You're referring to the 3M red automotive tape, right? Make sure you apply heat to activate the adhesive and rub it down good so it can bond the two surfaces.

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This should work:
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:45 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, gonna pick some up and give it a shot.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:39 PM   #10
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When you apply the tape (grey foam tape with red liner), make sure the ambient temperature is between 16-30 degrees C. That's the optimum temperature range for excellent tape adhesion.
Before applying tape to the moldings, apply some 3M primer (adhesion promoter) and let dry before you roll on the tape.
As mentioned, you need to also clean any dirt/grime/wax/grease from the mating panels on your car. Isoproyl alcohol works very well.
Remember, preperation is key.
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