I've loved using the dashboard disk that came with my nuvi 750, however the surface that I mounted it to is slightly curved, so it doesn't stick very well, and with the heat it slowly came unstuck, until now when it won't stick at all. I have removed the adhesive ring around the underside of the disk and I'm wondering if there is any other type of adhesive or double-sided tape that would be an effective replacement. What I want to do is mount it in the same location, and remove the radio underneath it and use a bar clamp to hold it tightly in place for several hours until it was secure.
Does anyone know of an adhesive that could potentially be more effective then what comes on the dash disk?
They sell double sided tape that has a foam center. That might solve the unevenness problem but I think heat generated in an auto may have a detrimental effect on anything you use short of an epoxy. Why not use a bean bag?
I don't like the look of the bean bag. Don't know why, just don't. What kind of foam double sided tape should I look for? thanks.
Yep, here in Texas...the heat got my New Nuvi 750 disc after just two days.
Bought a vent mount off of eBay....it's okay...but now after reading some of the other post...wished I had went with the bean bag.
Bulker yes....but better in the long run
I used Scotch brand "super heavy duty" indoor/outdoor double sided mounting tape to mount a disk to a curved surface in my pickup. The disk will not budge. The two keys are to clean the surface well with alchol not not use the mount for about a day until the adhesive "sets."
minwin- thanks for the info. that sounds like what I need. Is this "super heavy duty" tape available at Home Depot?
If you are at Home Depot they sell Velcro spots. I use them in my car for other applications and they are SUPER strong and sticky. I live in KC and the heat and cold are extreme. The Velcro sticks all the time. You might give that a try. It gives you the flexibility to pull it off when you want to.
But if they carry that particular type??? If they don't, auto part stores also have double tape...
3m or scotch brand...
will the velcro hold it firmly in place? I imagine that with the velcro it's kind of "wobbly"? Do you find that your mount stays firmly in place with velcro?
Ok I think the plan is to go to Home Depot and get a velcro disc and Scotch super heavy duty indoor/outdoor double sided tape. I'll clean the dash with alcohol first and use a bar clamp to clamp the dash disc down overnight before I use it.
The first time I did this, I just brushed off the dust, stuck it on, and immediately started using it without even waiting 5 minutes. that could be the cause of my problems.
I'll try the double sided tape first, and if that doesn't work, I'll go with the velcro.
Any other ideas?
It also might be a good idea to work with adhesives that you can remove later on, without damaging the dash, in case you do decide to go with a beanbag or vent mount instead, or if you decide to sell the car and want to remove all traces of your mount.
Some "permanent" adhesives are REALLY permanent and will damage your dash when you try to remove it.
Most often, your dash is a polymeric material with plasticizers to keep it flexible. Almost all adhesives have the nasty habit of leaching those plasticizers out of the dash and into the adhesive. This "plasticizer migration" results in soft adhesive which fails prematurely, and a brittle dash that eventually cracks, deforms, or discolors. But, you may get lucky.
I got the Scotch mounting tape at Lowe's but Home Depot should carry it also. I saw a universal bean bag mount at Radio Shack (it had a disk in the center, no arm) on sale for $19.95, in case you change your mind about the look.
I had the same happen to me. I did try a lot of the above suggestions but they all failed. I finaly went to my local autobody shop and got some two sided tape that they use for all the mouldings on the side of cars. They told me that the heat will not bother it. After almost six weeks it is still holding.
The 3M double sided (emblem/moulding) auto, application tapes are the best. If you ever need to get it off use some lightweight fishing line and slice it off by running the fishing line between the stuck surface and the foam section. It works really well..But as always you will leave a mark on the dash where it was, there's no getting around that.. get off what you can with adhesive remover or alcohol but it's always going to leave a mark in todays plastics! Hope yall get that darn thing stuck. Next drill a 5/8" hole in the dash and get some 5/8" lag bolts and screw them babies in.. THAT WILL HOLD IT!!
I bet 1/2 inch would work...
If it doesn't you can always go bigger.....
I have the opposite "problem". I installed the disk 7 months ago. I did clean the dash with alcohol and let the factory adhsesive set for 48 hours before using. But after a couple of weeks, I read here about people having trouble with it sticking, so I bought a beanbag mount as a back-up. Disk is still cemented on in very hot Texas, and I wouldn't want to try to remove it. Haven't used the beanbag yet. I suppose I can use it the next time I rent a car.
Chris, don't bother with removing the radio.
Check out this link:
then do a google search for a local supplier, I used it and it holds like a charm in the heat.
FYI to remove the disk or any double stuck product you can do this. just get some fishing string and two hand wrenches wrap the string around the wrenches at both ends of the string, then pull the string under the tape mount, using the wrenches as handles. pull from front to back, away comes the disk or mount. Use GOO GONE to remove the adhesive and your done.
I use Permatex brand clear silicone adhesive when attaching things to vehicles. You will have to clean well, and hold in place temporaly with tape until it sets up. If you decide to remove it later, carefully slide a thin razor blade under item mounted to remove it. Then the remaining silicone will rub off fairly easily from the surface. It is not going to release from heat like most tapes.
How long has the adhesive been used on your disc? The heat factor is the biggest problem for adhesives. I see that you live in FL., so you know what heat feels like in a car.
i use the Garmin Temp mounting discs and never have a problem
Hi all. I bought velcro from Wal Mart and attached the fuzzy side on the bottom of the disk where the adhesive is. Then, I put two strips of the other part of the velcro on the dash. I use the suction cup to put the disk on the mount, and then push the disk onto the velcro on the dash. It works very well, and I don't have to worry about it coming off the dash.
Go to Autozone etc. and get automotive grade waterproof double sided tape. This stuff is used by auto manufacturers to stick on trim panels (and even some spoilers).
If the surface is really curved, try using two layers of the (foam) tape.
I love my sandbag mount. easy to take down and it stays in place.
I never use mine yet
This is what I use in my truck and TRUST me, it ain't gonna fall off no more!
Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape #4011
It will hold up to 5 lbs and is weather resistant. I removed the OLD adheasive from my dash disk and used the afore mentioned tape on the bottom of it. It's been nearly 6 months now and it's still rock solid.
You can get the tape here:
Clint45, Thanks for the name. That is what the auto body used. Did a Google search and found it at Ace Hardware for $5.95 for the whole roll. They charged me $5.00 for two 4" strips.
Man you guys are giving me so many great suggestions! Right now I am trying velcro. I cleaned the surface well, and am letting it cure for 24-48 hours before mounting on it. If that doesn't hold up well to the heat, then I'll try Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape #4011. If THAT doesn't work then I'll try Permatex. I think that if all else fails, Permatex should work. That's what they use to make gaskets for car differentials and stuff, so it will hold up to the heat without a problem.
Hopefully my velcro will work, but if not, it looks like I have some back up plans to try
I'll buy some lag bolts and bolt that mother down!
If you want something more permanent you might find some 3M 5200 Marine adhesive. It's a slow cure and takes 5-7 days to fully cure but it will do the job. Just an idea. You can find it online here:
don't you think that the disc on dash would be a tell-all for GPS theft? I use the friction mount (bean bag), easy to remove and hide.
I've been sitting here reading all the suggestions and all the while I am thinking: 3" Ardox nails.
Nail that puppy down with those babies and you ain't NEVER gonna see it move. (grin)
Buy the beanbag...the heck with looks. It's great...I just bought one and love it! When you want to hide it, just pick the whole sucker up and put it in your glovebox.
I have found that thicker velco will eliminate the uneveness. You can add a dab of Guerilla Glue to the bottom of the velcro for better adhesion.
You're very welcome! Sorry about the late response, but I'm not online much these days because of health and business reasons.
If you don't care about the Dash board use Gorilla Glue. The glue is a polyurethane epoxy and is permanent.
If you want to remove the disk sometime down the road then use:
Remember you can always remove the double stick tape with a piece of Mono filament fishing string and two wrenches. wrap the string around the ends of both wrenches, then pull the string under the mount from back to front, between the adhesive and the surface it is mounted to.
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