Avoided drilling holes in immaculate 20,000 mile 98 Corvette!
August 23, 2014
I bought a very expensive Carbon Fiber rear lip spoiler for my 20,000 mile 1998 Corvette. I didn't want to drill holes in the rear deck but I tend to road test at speed and drag race the car on occasion and I didn't want to look in the mirror and see carbon fiber flopping around and beating up the sides of the car one day so I started reviewing the world of double faced tape. I didn't realize how many different double faced tapes that 3m made but I needed the best. I looked and looked and I found one called permanent Industrial and commercial tape but it may have been as bad as drilling and putting bolts in if I ever wanted to remove the spoiler one day. One night I googled in Super duty strength 3M doubled face tape and up popped 3M Super Strength Automotive Trim Tape and it was recommended for attaching side trim or moldings on automobiles and where front license plate was required this product could be used in lieu of drilling holes in front plastic bumpers and valances. Most front bumpers come to a vee in the center so if a couple of strips in the middle of a tag would hold it in place I felt pretty confident that the same tape solid at 3 1/2" wide and the width of the car should hold with the secrete being getting the probably twenty Coates of wax off the car and lightly sanding the back of the spoiler then wiping it down with my Wife's alcohol, the rubbing kind because we are tetotalers and I cleaned the car over and over with it until the wax quit balling up. I placed the tape solid over the back of the spoiler one night where it could sit until the next day then I marked dead center on the back of the spoiler with a piece of masking tape then did the same on the car below where the spoiler would go. The next morning my Brother Barry came to the shop to help place the spoiler on the car. I knew if we let it touch the car as little bit in the wrong place that's where it would stay and I knew two eyes and four hands also could avoid that harming. We also placed masking tape on the end and front of the spoiler at each end. When we peeled the backing off of the tape on the spoiler the tape didn't try to pull up anywhere. With each of us with two hands on the spoiler and standing behind the car we eased the spoiler down at our marks and then applied pressure all over. I then laid towels on the spoiler and placed shooting bench sand bags at third points I left it for three days, I pressed all over the spoiler for any evidence of breathing and there was none. On the fourth day I drove around five miles and got the car up to 75 MPH and when I got home I examined the front edge of it with a flashlight and no evidence of movement.
Since then I have reached a little over 100 MPH and it appears to be stuck good and when I ordered the tape I order three extra rolls and I used about two feet of it last night and I keep it in the drawer with my two part epoxy adhesive!