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Unread 04-29-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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Will 3M tape hold diamond plating on rockers?

I just finished cutting out all the rust (wasn't much) on my drivers side rocker panel and then welded in new metal. The repair has been etched primed and painted.

I just bought a pair of the diamond plate 5 1/2 inch rocker covers but don't want to drill into the tub. I've read that you can use some type of 3M double sided tape, will this tape really hold the side plates on? Has anyone ever done this and if so can you tell me which tape to purchase.

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Unread 04-29-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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That's what hold most new cars together these days.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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I did a cj7 for a friend of mine 6 years ago and that is what I used for him. Buy a good brand like 3m and clean the area for the tape.

He has had no trouble at all with his.

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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:45 PM   #4
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Won't hold if you 'use' them rockers much
2 bolts each side..........
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Unread 04-29-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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I just finished cutting out all the rust (wasn't much) on my drivers side rocker panel and then welded in new metal. The repair has been etched primed and painted.

I just bought a pair of the diamond plate 5 1/2 inch rocker covers but don't want to drill into the tub. I've read that you can use some type of 3M double sided tape, will this tape really hold the side plates on? Has anyone ever done this and if so can you tell me which tape to purchase.

Thanks guys,
I worked for several years at a Truck accessories shop. 3m double sided tape is what we used to install many items such as rocker panel trim, bed rail caps, ect. Be sure to clean the area well with alcohol and let dry. After applying tape to back of rocker trim and peeling of the other side of the tape using a heat gun to heat the tape will help it adhere better. Prepping the surfaces with 3m adhesive promoter will help to but be cautioned it will stain paint a light purple so make sure to only put it on places that will be covered. Let adhesive promoter completely dry before sticking panel on. Once you stick it its hard to get a redo. If you do need to redo and need to remove the 3m tape a rubber pin striping removal wheel will be your friend. You can pick them up cheap at the auto parts store. Hope this helps!!
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Unread 04-30-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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Thanks Fella's, heading out to find some 3M......LG...love the comment... with Windrock in my backyard I guess we will see how well they hold.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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The tape may hold for awhile.
But what about Winter with the wet roads and road 'yuk', Then the hot summers when the Sun is bake'n the glue dry?
Plus, what are you going to do if that thing comes off in the middle of BFE, or the highway?
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Unread 04-30-2013, 01:21 PM   #8
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I had some 3/16" thick diamond plate on the rockers of my Jeep. No tape was holding them things on very long. Stuff was heavy even for aluminum, so I used like 6-8 stainless screws to hold them on.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 01:30 PM   #9
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Yes & No. Yes it will hold it, but only for a few years. The glue/tape gets brittle and will start to get hard and break down. I recommend bolts.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 01:49 PM   #10
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If you don't want to drill into your tub, how about panel adhesive? Its like liquid nails for body panels and 3M makes a good one. Poison Spyder (before they changed their name) used to have an article about using it in conjunction with the bolts on their rockers.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 09:53 PM   #11
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No matter how good the adhesive is, it's only as good as the paint its applied to. If I'm not mistaken, body panel adhesive is to be applied to bare metal.

My choice for a rocker guard would be steel, bolted on, not a piece of thin aluminum without strengthing ribs, held on with any adhesive.

My $0.02.

Bill

Edit, regardless of what everyone calls it, diamond plate is actually not the correct term, it's actually called Tread plate.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 10:34 PM   #12
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Remember this, IF that panel should come off and someone is hurt or there is damage to property.
YOU PAY ...
Couple of bolts is cheap insurance.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:40 AM   #13
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I went with quite a few evenly spaced pop rivets. (about every foot around the perimeter) They don't protrude at all and I don't believe they're noticeable. I used so many for fears of "popping" the rivets a few years back, but still haven't popped a single one. Doesn't solve the not drilling dilemma though.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 07:58 AM   #14
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I'd probably drill holes where the original rocker trim bolted on, and use those holes for the new ones.

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Unread 05-01-2013, 08:42 AM   #15
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Drill holes then apply paint around the holes before putting the rocker on. Use stainless steel bolts. Use a backing sealer to seal the edges to prevent dirt etc from getting in behind them.
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