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Old 07-15-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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GSPD Knee Pad Glue

Question for the collective, what glue is recommended to secure the knee pads to to a GSPD tank? One side on my '95 is beginning to give up on it's struggle to stay mated to the tank.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #2
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A few years back when I painted my tank, I pulled the pads off and reattached with heavy duty double sided tape. I ran the strips longer than the pad,stuck it on, trimmed to fit, and slapped them on. They have not moved or started to peel off after washes, rain, or hot weather.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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I've heard 3M weatherstrip adhesive works well.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:30 PM   #4
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I've heard 3M weatherstrip adhesive works well.
It works well enough, but I suggest practicing on something that doesn't matter,
I've seen instances where the only place the glue would stick is where I didn't want it too.
Not fun at all..
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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Make sure what ever weather strip adhesive you use you put it on both surfaces and let it get tacky before you install them. If you use spray adhesive put the knee pad on the tank, trace it with a pencil and spray some into a small container and brush it on the tank staying inside your pencil lines.
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:08 PM   #6
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I was actually wondering this same thing yesterday.
So I'm assuming contact cement is NOT the way to go based on the responses so far?
It sure was a PITA to scrape off before repainting.
Thanks for the posts
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:17 PM   #7
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Clean surfaces well and then use 3M VHB (Very High Bond) double sided tape. I'm in the signage industry and this is very good stuff. Cut a few thin strips, position around the perimeter of the kneepad and a strip down the centre, line it up carefully, and rub the kneepad down firmly with the heel of your hand.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:42 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and insights...time to go shoppin'.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:48 PM   #9
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Funny this question should be asked. I am about to repaint my GSPD tank and was wondering how to remove them. The other question I have is what is the best way to remove the instrument clusters for repainting the upper body pieces? It looks like a nightmare to remove it. Any suggestions? thanks
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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The instrument cluster question might deserve its own thread (I'll be curious to hear about this too--in my limited experience, it's certainly a PITA).

To remove the pads, I just applied a bit of heat and peeled with a lot of elbow grease.
The previous owner had used contact cement.
YMMV.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:41 AM   #11
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Just stuck my PD's rubber back on with bathroom silicone sealer. Worked a treat.
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Just stuck my PD's rubber back on with bathroom silicone sealer. Worked a treat.
Rob, keep us informed how that holds up.
That's very cool, I would have never thought of using that. It is waterproof............
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:24 AM   #13
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Rob, keep us informed how that holds up.
That's very cool, I would have never thought of using that. It is waterproof............
It's bathroom silicone sealer. Has the advantage of pulling down as it dries. Holds most of my bike together

It's also brilliant for holding the rubber boots in place in the RS fairings.

Here's the blurb for it :-

"Silicone. Ideal for sealing joints between tiles & baths, basins, shower trays, kitchen worktops & sinks. Use on surfaces such as plastics, acrylics, glass, metal and ceramics. Forms a flexible and waterproof seal. Mould resistant and durable"

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