Mounting metal substrates with 3M adhesive tapes

Mounting and Trim Attachment

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Mounting metal substrates with 3M adhesive tapes

Mounting and Trim Attachment is the application of a smaller object to a larger surface to add functionality or decoration. These kinds of attachments are common in transportation, appliances, furniture, construction and architecture.

Typical requirements for Mounting and Trim Attachment include:

  • Dead load holding strength
  • Pleasing aesthetics
  • Repositionability during application
  • Fast rate of strength build
  • Removability after cure

Mounting and Trim Attachment Applications

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  • Mounting parking sign outdoors on concrete wall.
    Mounting Assembly

    Examples include small signs, mirrors and white boards, and panel-over-panel with partial adhesive coverage.

  • Attaching shiny and modern trims onto glass and metal substrates.
    Trim Attachment

    Decoration or identification added to a surface. Examples included nameplates, edge banding, bezels, rosettes and muntin bars.​

3M Mounting and Trim Attachment Solutions

    • High-strength bonding
    • Replaces screws, rivets, welds and other mechanical fasteners
    • Pre-apply to trim for production flexibility
    • Ideal for dissimilar substrates
    • Acrylic, epoxy and urethane adhesives
    • Over 1000 psi in overlap shear strength
    • For highest strength, fatigue and environmental resistance
    • Excellent for metal-to-metal bonds
    • One part solvent-free cyanoacrylate (CA) adhesive
    • Reaches handling strength in 5–30 seconds
    • Best for small very tight bondlines (<10 cm )
    • Commonly used on rubbers and plastics
    • 100% solid
    • Thermoplastic resin
    • Reaches bond strength in seconds
    • Best for wood and plastic
    • Single component
    • Hot-applied thermosetting adhesive
    • Immediate strength and holding power
    • Final cured strength over 1,000 psi
    • Best for wood and plastic
    • Strong, yet easily removable fastening
    • Ideal for quick mounting, trimming, or sign installations and change-outs
    • Pressure sensitive adhesive on a liner
    • Lamination by hand or automation
    • Instant adhesion
    • No mess or waste
    • Very thin bond lines
    • Paper, film or tissue carrier
    • Pressure sensitive adhesive on both sides
    • Laminated by hand or automation
    • Can be pre-applied to trim
    • Provides very thin, neat bondlines
    • Special formulations available for LSE plastics

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Design challenges of Mounting and Trim Attachments
  • Video of Speed and Efficiency
    Speed and Efficiency

    3M Adhesive Tapes easily bond even the narrowest areas, while maintaining the ease and convenience for readjustments during installations. This improves workability, while designs are also cleaner without post-adjustment scratches or marks.

  • Video of Bond Dissimilar Materials
    Bond Dissimilar Materials

    3M Industrial Tapes and Adhesives are compatible and maintain strong adhesion with multiple joint shapes and sizes. Simply select the 3M adhesive solution that suits your chosen material’s surface energy and you’re good to go.

Application of structural adhesive on a metal substrate to illustrate the science of adhesion.
The Science Of Adhesion

Explore the science behind 3M Industrial Tapes and Adhesives’ strong bonds, and how it equips you with full design flexibility.


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