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#303672 - 03/17/10 8:50 pm Knee pad glue?  
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What's the best glue for the gas tank knee pads? I thought I read somewhere to use 3M weatherstip adhesive?



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#303682 - 03/17/10 9:28 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: dirtymartini]  
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It's just me, but I like the looks better without the knee pads.


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#303685 - 03/17/10 9:47 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: Roadwarrior]  
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That's what the previous owner said too...that's why they are not on. Now you have me second guessing. Maybe I should have another look at it.



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#303686 - 03/17/10 9:57 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: dirtymartini]  
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clear silicone.......pads on my T120 for over 3 years no problems


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#303696 - 03/17/10 11:19 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: raf940]  
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I was talking to a guy about this recently and he had glued his kneepads to magnetic material, the same stuff they make fridge magnets with. Then he could take them off and put them back on when the mood suited. Hope this helps. Cheers Ken

#303703 - 03/18/10 12:28 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: coopers]  
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There's nothing JB weld and ducttape can't do!
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Body shops have a glue that's supposed to be the trick stuff for bonding rubber molding to painted metal..ask yer friendly body fella.

I used to build boats once upon a time, and when 3M 5200 came out it was the right stuff...and then someone tried to take the part off the boat...oops. It was stronger than the fiberglas substrate and tore to top gel and glass layers off. Now it's standard practice to consider that the part will be removed, and use a less aggressive glue.

You're probably putting them on a steel tank...same principles..Again, the body shop would be where' I'd start, but I bet a happy 15 minutes in the hardware store would find something similar.
Silicone might be good, altho removing old silicone that's been in the weather is a trying experience..razors, cussing..and the silicone is hard to remove from the paint if you are painting again. It's kinda like the 5200 that way, hell to remove.

#303707 - 03/18/10 12:42 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: dirtymartini]  
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Elmer's Rubber Cement. Easy clean up, easy to remove knee pads and does not destroy paint. Four years now on a $1,000 paint job. No problems.


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#303714 - 03/18/10 2:06 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: desco]  
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Sounds like a trip to the Hardware store is in order tomorrow for some Elmer's rubber cement.



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#303881 - 03/19/10 2:00 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: dirtymartini]  
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I have heard good things about the rubber cement.
I use 3m super trim adhesive on my 68 and they are holding strong. I used this stuff when I did body work and to hold rubber seals in the back of school bus emergency exit doors when I worked at a bus company.

#303883 - 03/19/10 2:17 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: Shades34]  
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Some adhesives are not good for natural rubber. I took my pads off for paintwork this summer and saw that the reverse side had been melted by the adhesive.

I work for the Illinois Tool Works www.itw.com and our www.permatex.com division makes some great automotive adhesives that are made for rubber and painted surfaces.


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#303902 - 03/19/10 6:39 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: Matthew in TO]  
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Clear silicone does the job well but you have to secure them whilst drying with tape or similar. Do not use self adhesive strips - they slip in the heat.
Without kneepads the tank can be uncomfortably chilly in the cold weather


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#303921 - 03/19/10 11:30 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: Shades34]  
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Originally Posted By: Shades34
I have heard good things about the rubber cement.
I use 3m super trim adhesive on my 68 and they are holding strong. I used this stuff when I did body work and to hold rubber seals in the back of school bus emergency exit doors when I worked at a bus company.


I think the 3M is the stuff I was thinking of. I used to use it a long time ago when I worked in an auto dealership. If I remember it was yellow in color.

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#303926 - 03/19/10 11:56 am Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: dirtymartini]  
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#303933 - 03/19/10 1:14 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: JBMorris]  
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On a similar question on a local site, someone mentioned the use of glue used to mount car windows into the bodywork.

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#303934 - 03/19/10 1:27 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: dirtymartini]  
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yellow color 3M...aka "monkey snot" it gets dry and crusty we used it back in the olden days to hold nuts fast ..poor man's loctite


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#303940 - 03/19/10 2:36 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: raf940]  
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just make sure to read the directions for tack times and dry times. I tape the edges of the knee pads (backside, before spraying) spray the pad, then I spray some in a dish and wipe it on with a gloved hand so both surfaces have it. I wouldn't spray it directly on the tank unless it's taped and papered off as the spray is powerful and the adhesive is stringy and can make a big ol mess. The clean edges help so when I push the pads on the adhesive doesn't squish out, that and you don't have to use a lot.

#303978 - 03/19/10 7:37 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: Matthew in TO]  
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I just finished installing my knee pads, and I have to say they make the bike look complete. I used Permatex's Pit Crew Choice Adhesive/Sealant, shown at http://www.permatex.com/products/Automot...ive_Sealant.htm bought at Crappy Tire.

Permatex has a website for motorcycles, http://www.permatex.com/products/motorcycle/motorcycle_adhesives_sealants.htm

I work for ITW, but another division, so am not plugging permatex for work.


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#303999 - 03/19/10 10:32 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: Matthew in TO]  
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I was looking at the 3M spray adhesive today at the auto parts store and it had a warning about damaging painted surfaces. I did find some double sided outdoor tape at the Hardware store that I might try.



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#304001 - 03/19/10 10:36 pm Re: Knee pad glue? [Re: dirtymartini]  
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Really can't go wrong with the clear silicone.It won't damage the paint holds them firm.Like somebody said you have to hold them in place while it cures.The excess will remove easily.


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