I'm fortunate that my Kia Rondo has a great spot by the clock to mount the suction cup, but very few vehicles are so fortunate.
Has anyone tried using the 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips that you use to hang pictures etc.?
I'm thinking that a large version of the adhesive pad would stick to the dash but allow you to remove when you no longer want it. If you mount a picture on the wall, you only have to pull the tab to release.
I have used these hanging strips for pictures and they are great and don't loose their stickiness no matter what you do.
But for mounting a GPS on your dash, I would be worried that because of the pattern embossed into the plastic that this would weaken the bond. That having been said, the same would hold true of the adhesive disk supplied with nearly all GPS units.
Instead of having something stuck to your dash (and advertising that you have a GPS), why don't you consider a friction mount. When you park, slip the GPS into a coat pocket, and slide the mount under the front seat and nobody will ever know that you have a GPS.
Just a thought ...
I personally like the 3M command strips a lot. I have used them for various things in my RV. I hung a wall clock with them and it stuck to it. Never came off. The wall of the RV had some texture to it as well. Clean the area beforehand with Isopropanol and I think you will be fine.
Personally I use a beanbag in my car on the dashboard. It's easy to stow away out of site and pretty sturdy.
I am curious about your Kia Logo for your picture. What Kia do you have? I have the Rondo and they have the perfect location for a suction cup, right on the recess where the clock is.
I haven't really looked at the others, so I don't know if they're the same.
I also fully agree with you about having something stuck to the dash as great advertising for a break-in. That's part of the reason, why I like using the Rondo clock recess. The residual suction ring, after you remove the mount is almost impossible to see, from outside. I take the mount off and hide in the console and the GPS goes in my pocket.
This product is really not designed for the temperature range that is encountered inside a vehicle, particularly a locked car in the summer, although freezing temperatures would concern me too. It will be interesting to hear how this works out for you long term.
I have used a 3M tape designed to hold vehicle molding on the vehicle. It works well and comes in 25 foot rolls. You can get it at any autobody wholesaler. The biggest negative to using the tape, is that it doesn't ever want to come off unless you use a heat gun or such.
You can also buy this inexpensively in Home Depot, Lowes and Menards by the mailboxes. It's used to glue numbers onto the mailboxes.
I am a firm [was that a pun?] believer in 3M Scotch Indoor/Outdoor Mounting Tape (#411/DC), available at Home Depot, etc.
In addition to being a near-permanent mounting technique even with extremes of temps, it also can be pried away at a later date leaving no residue. Comment from tape's packaging: "This is a permanent tape and may cause damage if removed. If you must remove the mounted object, insert a knife behind the mounted object and carefully cut the tape between the adhesive surfaces. Remove the remaining material on both surfaces with thumbnail."
I have used it as a way to semi-permanently mount my XM Radio mount to the plastic dash board of my car and have at one time removed the tape leaving my dashboard like new with no evidence that the mount was ever there.
I can't find it on 3M's site, but here are a couple links:
I'm not sure I believe the links' sizing and pricing. I think the small 1" x 60" roll of tape is about $5.00 US.
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