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Old 06-29-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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Wood Trim Adhesion

On our coach the top wood trim on each side of the living room consists of two long pieces and one short piece in the middle. Our DS center piece has come off. It looks like the glue that held it failed. I don't know if the previous owner tried to fix it and failed, or if the factory glue failed. My guess is that it was the previous owner, since the glue looks like a splotch of dried peanut butter. The mating surface doesn't have any adhesive on it.

I'm planning to 1) remove the "peanut butter" with a chisel or Dremel, 2) Rough up the mating surface with 60 grit sandpaper, 3) apply a good adhesive (3M 101 possibly), 4) clamp together overnight.

Any other Tiffin owners have this problem? If so, how did you fix it? Any better ideas?

(Pictures attached are the good side (what it is supposed to look like), the piece still attached to the coach without any adhesive, and the "peanut butter" on the piece that came off.)

Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:12 PM   #2
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You might try 3m VHB two way tape in conjunction to your choice of adhesive. It will likely eliminate the need to clamp and provides a very flexible bond that is both quite permanent yet still removable if needed. It works well in situations of bonding different materials as is compensates for uneven expansion and contraction such as wood to metal.


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Old 06-29-2014, 01:53 PM   #3
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I would agree that the previous owner appears to havee used a liquid nail to re secure it to the backing. Tiffin uses a Commercial Velcro on many of those pieces. Commerfcial grade Velcro is available at Lowes and HD
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:17 AM   #4
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+2 on the commercial grade Velcro. Tiffin used the Velcro on ours on the side trim of the slides - I know that for sure as grandson left the passenger seat too far back, and when putting out the side it caught the trim edge. I just knew it was torn up but thanks to the Velcro no damage was done.
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IF you do not use the Velcro try contact cement. You can get it at any hardware store. Put cement on both pieces wait for them to get tacky and then put together. WARNING WARNING. If you have never used contact cement make sure the piece is where you want it when you stick them together. Once they make contact they will not come back apart. Contact cement is used to glue Formica counter tops to the counter in kitchens.
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Gorilla glue!!!!
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Velcro

I used a putty knife to get rid of the "peanut butter" and 2 strips of industrial-grade Velcro from HD. It will sit for 3 days before I start home, so the adhesive should be good and strong. Thanks for all your suggestions.
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