Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
If the surface is clean, 3M adhesive will stick permanently, so not to worry in that regard. With the lid off and on the bench, I masked off each side of the weatherstrip central location (this prevented adhesive on painted surfaces adjacent to the weatherstrip). In the contact patch area, I primed the deck lid with a thin layer of adhesive and let it cure. I did the same to the weatherstrip contact patch area. Now this layer is as thin as you can get it but it does serve to ensure the weatherstrip will stick at every contact point. Once both sides have been primed with a thin layer of adhesive and have cured fully, then begin to apply the weatherstrip to the lid. Start at the join, meaning the very back of the lid. Add sufficient adhesive to cover the contact patch about 8" along the weatherstrip at a time. Allow the weatherstrip adhesive to partly set up on the side to which it was applied. As you see it dull, push the weatherstrip directly onto the contact patch without either stretching its length or compressing its length. If you've waited the partial cure time, the adhesive will immediately stick like double sided tape and remain in place. Work your way around the perimeter, 8" at a time. If you need masking tape to hold down the start or at corners by all means use it. When you get back to the join after traveling along the perimeter, measure and cut the final length to match up. Apply adhesive to the last 8" and to both sides of the join up and press into place. Wait one hour, remove masking tape and install deck lid. Close and leave closed for 24 hours.