3M adhesive studs
I used these adhesive studs on my painted wood window frame and they fell off in just a few years. What happened?
As mentioned numerous times on the website, the adhesive studs should not be applied to wood. Typically a wood surface is porous and unstable. This allows the surface to deteriorate over time and the adhesive has nothing left to hold onto. Vinyl, fiberglass and metal surfaces are all generally very stable and the adhesive studs will stay in place with no problem as long as the surface has been cleaned properly.
Will these really stand up in the searing heat of the summer and extremely cold winter weather?
Yes. Click here to See Demo Video on the strength of the 3M VHB adhesive we use.These 3M studs where initially designed to hold bug screens onto commercial transport trucks. Because of this they needed to stand up to extreme heat, cold and wind. They have a proven track record of durability. The most important point to remember is that they require a clean, flat surface to be mounted on. (No wooden surfaces).
How should I prep the surface before I stick the 3M studs?
The adhesive studs will stick extremely well when applied correctly. They require a flat clean surface with no film or residue. Do not appy in freezing temperatures. We recommend cleaning the surface with isopropyl alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol) or a 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol and water. It works well on surfaces like metal, vinyl, plastic and fiberglass. (Do not install on wood).
They should be installed in warmer temperatures, preferably at least +15c/60F, but better yet is 21c/70F or warmer.
** They should be pressed into place with a minimum of 15 lbs of pressure.
The chart to the right shows the approximate bonding time at room temperature. As you can see, time and temperature will significantly increase the bond strength of these type of studs. It is for this reason that we suggest that you place all of your adhesive studs first, allowing them more time to bond before you snap your product to them. Putting them on 24 hours before you install your shades is ideal.
Important: * Bond strength is dependent upon the amount of adhesive-to-surface contact developed. Firm application pressure develops better adhesive contact and helps improve bond strength.
I was thinking of using these studs on the windshield of my car so I can make a quick snap on shade for my windshield. Will they stick to glass?
Yes. If the glass is clean and film free they stick very well. People have also used the adhesive snap to make their own shade screens for the cars by simply sticking them to the windshield. You can also use the EZ snap fasteners to make a cover to keep frost and snow off of your windshield in the winter.
How do I remove the 3M studs from its mounting surface if I want to change the color?
Instructions on how to remove VHB adhesive studs.
The EZ Snap adhesive studs are designed to stand up to all types of extreme weather conditions. Canadian winters and Arizona heat, as well as, extreme wind forces. The ingredient that allows this extreme holding power is the magic of the VHB adhesive by 3m.
But what if you want to remove the studs one day for example, to change them to a different color? Follow the steps below and you can make it like they were never there.
- Grip and peel off the plastic part of the stud using pliers, (needle nose are ideal).
- At this point you will most likely have quite a bit of the flexible foam left behind on the mounting surface. Using your thumb or a rag, roll off this excessive foam as much as possible.
- When you have removed as much of the flexible foam as you can, the remainder can be removed using a citrus oil based cleaner, such as "Goo Gone" or Goof Off". These cleaners are designed to break the bond of the VHB adhesive.
- Continue to apply the citrus oil cleaner until the adhesive is completely gone.
- Cleaner area to remove any citrus oil reside using a 50/50 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol before installing another adhesive stud.