I sprayed the dash and vinyl with 3M Super 77, and tacked the edges and cutouts down with the weldwood contact cement. This worked really well. I don't think the 3M alone will hold down the edges in the long run.
The best stuff is the spray adhesive that professional upholstery shops use. Ive seen it labeled as "Landau top adhesive" (think vinyl top) - very similar to contact cement. An upholstery shop could probably sell you a small amount or spray it on for you.
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3m 8090 as a spray or Dap Weldwood brush on contact cement. With either, you better lay the vinyl on perfect because that's where it will be!
3M 8090 is a fast-acting, high-strength, aerosol contact adhesive designed for two-surface application. 3M 8090 adhesive is resistant to heat and plasticizing oils and is excellent for attaching vinyl, insulation, foam, padding and rubber parts to metal and other surfaces. Bonds can be made within minutes of application or as long as one hour later.
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Weldwood in a can. Used a small roller to apply it to the dash. Once vynal was layed on used a small rolling pin(don't tell boss) to roll out till smooth. I did'nt have good results with spray glue here. Wipeing down the alum with laquer thinner helps get it spotless for good adhesion.
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I'm using a marine grade black vinyl which I purchased at JoAnn's Fabric. I attached the vinyl to the bare aluminum dash with 3M Super 77 spray adhesive. (after sanding the aluminum with coarse sandpaper and cleaning with acetone). On the fingers where the ends of the vinyl folded over curved edges of the aluminum, I used Weldwood contact cement. Everything looked absolutely perfect ...for a month. Then we had a week of 90 degree (F) weather. It was probably over 100 degrees in the garage. Now all the adhesive is soft, sticky and runny. About a third of the vinyl has delaminated from the aluminum and most of the corners have lifted. Previously, the glue had been very hard and secure.
Today I went to the auto parts store and tried some trim adhesive but it doesn't look like it's hardening. I suspect this due to plasticizer migration from the vinyl.
Has anyone had success with and adhesive and the marine vinyl?
Originally posted by GaryABC: Has anyone had success with and adhesive and the marine vinyl?
Thanks again for your help.
I used Weldwood in the can with my marine grade vinyl with no problems. I put 2 coats on each surface and let it dry before installing. I tried the 3M spray and it looked good until the sun hit it, then it got soft and lifted.
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