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Old 08-08-2019, 07:54 PM   #1
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Aluminum to aluminum?

I stand in awe! OK from the start! I'm installing LED's silicone encased IP68 and was using these aluminum channels ( https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1) to hang my LED string to the bottom of the awning channel. Problem is I thought silicone adhered to everything. I stand corrected and in awe as it don't stick to the channel nor to the aluminum awning channel that I was trying to fix my LED channels too. SO any suggestions as to what might stick my LED channels to the awning channel ? I am trying tonight 2 part gray JB Weld to see if it will stick to a piece of the LED channel but open to suggestions !!
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:22 PM   #2
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3M automotive double side tape. Holds emblems and trim on cars. Should be great for rv.



https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/oem-tier...teriors-glass/
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:30 AM   #3
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Ditto. More specifically 3M heavy duty double sided tape #03614. This stuff is incredibly sticky. https://www.amazon.com/3M-3614-15/dp...8-9&th=1&psc=1
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:23 AM   #4
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That is true. Silicone does not adhere to aluminum. Gutter installers can tell you that.

They use stuff like this---all tho there are other similar brands out there.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/OSI-GS121-1...alant/50314839
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Old 08-09-2019, 09:29 AM   #5
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Fastcap speedtape

I've used this double sided tape with great success on may types of materials. comes in a variety of widths. It's not a thick foam tape, it's a double sided vinyl tape. It's about the thickness of six sheets of paper. Very flexible. Very sticky.

https://www.fastcap.com/product/speedtape

can be ordered on amazon.
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:12 PM   #6
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3M heavy duty double sided tape #03614 is what is used for most all aftermarket add-ons for car mods. Its on the vent visor for your side windows and most body tape-on components. My Mustang does 10 sec. quarters and has this tape adhering cervini quarter panel scoops, and side window scoops. It sticks at 130MPH
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:09 PM   #7
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Thanks Rrizz for the tip. Bought a few rolls today and just tried a couple spots on the LED channel and it holds like a Japanese-born sumo wrestler, I can see my problem is solved.
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Old 08-11-2019, 07:38 PM   #8
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Thanks to all the helpful replies, Lloyd, Jmnsn, and Toolman. Wow is the best way to sum up how well that 3m holds, way beyond my expectations and imagination. So today placed the Led's into the channel and finished off the wiring. I had purchased a remote controller that calved today so wired in a switch to blue and reordered a touch LED which I will wire into the outside kitchen. But pretty sure blue will be the normal. I probably should have just added a second switch to the red/green combined so when the 3 colours are all on at once I'd have the white like color. As that will be the only 2 colors ever used, blue or white. Will check it out when dark tonight, maybe take a pic too.
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Thought I'd throw a couple pic of the night time view. Time to get out fishing again.
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Looks good!
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Be sure to wash off any silicon residue several times with acetone or lacquer thinner. Once silicon gets on something nothing will stick to it.
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I always make sure my lights are off before I goto bed. Last weekend I saw a fight just about breakout over bright lights. I understand not everyone appreciates the lights when their camping.
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