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Front bumper trim strip attach

PostPost by: jabingb » Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:40 pm

Just got an S4 FHC and in the process of driving it home from the Seattle area, the trim strip decided to let go. Unfortunate because it actually fit well but now it's broken on one end where it stayed stuck in the slot between the bumper and the body. My goal it to refit it and not be concerned about the break but here's the question:

What is the best adhesive to use for the job, some polyurethane stuff? I plan on bonding it to the bumper, maybe even drilling some small holes in the leg of the "T" to facilitate bonding/attachment. Since this pix I did dig into my stash and got a non fed bumper without the silly plate notch, looks much better!

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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:09 am

I used clear Silicone Bathroom Caulk from Home Depot & a screw either end per the original design.
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PostPost by: jabingb » Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:47 am

pharriso wrote:I used clear Silicone Bathroom Caulk from Home Depot & a screw either end per the original design.

Thx Phil, but one end is broken at about 3 inches and precludes me from fastening with the original style screws you mention, at least on one side. Plus it fits so well I want to go simply with adhesive, will consider the caulk.
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PostPost by: 1963 S1 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:00 am

Nice looking S4!
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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:40 am

Jerry, nice find ! It's a wonderful sickness we both relish!

Technology has come a long way in the approximately 50 years of our Lotus ownership. Today, I would use 3M self adhesive. It's cheap, comes in different widths and thickness (some are extremely this), and is super easy to apply. No messing with some stuff in a tube.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/5-x-3M-Double- ... 1438.l2649

If that's too wide it comes even narrower. I just used this on the hardtop of my Elise to install new rubber seals.

Let's see some more pics. Hope you are healthy, happy, and prosperous!

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PostPost by: jabingb » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:58 am

Famous Frank wrote:Jerry, nice find ! It's a wonderful sickness we both relish!
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Indeed Frank, sickness, obsession, we both have it!
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