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Vehicle exterior for bonding and joining

Bonding and Joining Solutions for Exteriors and Glass

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Bonding and Joining for a New Generation of Vehicles

Differentiation, and the design flexibility required to achieve it, has been a key challenge in automotive manufacturing since the first two-tone automotive paint jobs in the early 1900s. 3M stepped up back then with the world’s first masking tape. Now we are stepping up with a range of bonding and attachment solutions to make vehicle exteriors stand out, without adding manufacturing and processing costs.

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    Acrylic Foam Tapes

    3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes and Acrylic Plus Tapes are go-to solutions for automotive bonding and joining. Conformable, viscoelastic foam cores provide excellent stress relaxation under high application loads and maintain tight bond lines under normal conditions. These tapes have been developed specifically for attaching exterior trim and other parts to automotive paint surfaces.

    • 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4011, Black, 1.14 mm
      Suitable for body side moldings, roof ditch moldings, claddings, wheel flares and more, 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4011 features a 1.14 mm acrylic foam core with two different adhesives. The liner-side adhesive is ideal for bonding to automotive trim and other components. The non-liner-side adhesive is formulated for very high initial and final adhesion to scratch- and mar-resistant paint systems.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4311
      Developed specifically for attaching exterior trim and other parts to low surface energy (LSE) automotive paint surfaces, this 1.14 mm tape features a liner-side adhesive that bonds to the most advanced LSE automotive clear coats, including those comprised of epoxy/acid powder, 2K urethane, acrylosilane and carbamate. The non-liner-side adhesive is formulated for high initial adhesion to a variety of automotive substrates and coatings.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape PT1100, Dark Gray, 1.14 mm
      3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape PT1100 is developed specifically for attaching rigid exterior trim and other parts to automotive substrates. It features a 1.14 mm acrylic foam core with a different adhesive on each side. The liner-side adhesive is formulated for very high initial and final adhesion to glass, as well as scratch- and mar-resistant paint systems. The non-liner-side adhesive is ideal for bonding to automotive trim and other components.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5011, Dark Gray, 1.14 mm
      Great for bonding sensors, as well as claddings, body side moldings, rocker panels, running boards and wheel flares, 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5011 has been tested specifically for use on thermoplastic olefin (TPO) and other LSE substrates. The 1.14 mm tape is ideal for easy- and medium-difficulty paint systems and features high temperature (up to 80°C) holding power on LSE plastics such as TPO, polypropylene (PP) and PP/ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM). The liner is silicone-coated on both sides for easy release.

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    Acrylic Foam Tapes for Emblem Attachment

    A truly simple method becomes even more effective for adding emblems and other differentiating visual elements to your designs. These thin, conformable acrylic foam tapes (AFT) feature adhesives formulated for attachment to automotive substrates, as well as treated liners for smooth, efficient tape application.

    • 3M™ Die-Cuttable Tape DC2008S2, Black, 0.8 mm
      This 0.8 mm foam tape has been silicone-treated on both sides for easy, one-piece release and efficient tape application. It adheres reliably to chrome and paint and delivers high initial tack that’s ideal for attaching automotive emblems. It also resists edge-welding for more efficient die cutting, even for intricate patterns.
    • 3M™ Die-Cuttable Tape DC2005S2, Black, 0.5 mm
      This 0.5 mm foam tape has been silicone-treated on both sides for easy, one-piece release and efficient tape application. It adheres reliably to chrome and paint and delivers high initial tack that’s ideal for attaching automotive emblems. It also resists edge-welding for more efficient die cutting, even for intricate patterns.
    • 3M™ Die-Cuttable Tape DC2011S2, Black, 1.1 mm
      This 1.1 mm foam tape has been silicone-treated on both sides for easy, one-piece release and efficient tape application. It adheres reliably to chrome and paint and delivers high initial tack that’s ideal for attaching automotive emblems. It also resists edge-welding for more efficient die cutting, even for intricate patterns such as letters. This tape is available with a clear low-stretch polyethylene terephthalate (PET) liner.
    • 3M™ Die-Cuttable Tape DC2015S2, Black, 1.5 mm
      This 1.5 mm foam tape has been silicone-treated on both sides for easy, one-piece release and efficient tape application. It adheres reliably to chrome and paint and delivers high initial tack that’s ideal for attaching automotive emblems. It also resists edge-welding for more efficient die cutting, even for intricate patterns. This tape is available with a clear low-stretch PET liner.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4311
      Developed specifically for attaching exterior trim and other parts to LSE automotive paint surfaces, this 1.14 mm tape features a liner-side adhesive that bonds to the most advanced LSE automotive clear coats, including those comprised of epoxy/acid powder, 2K urethane, acrylosilane and carbamate. The non-liner-side adhesive is formulated for high initial adhesion to a variety of automotive substrates and coatings.

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    Acrylic Foam Tapes for Primerless Attachment

    This range of 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes helps eliminate the time, expense and added process steps associated with adhesion promoters. All tapes feature viscoelastic acrylic foam cores for excellent stress relaxation under high application loads and tight bond line aesthetics. Double-sided adhesives for medium surface energy (MSE) or LSE substrates are formulated for robust performance even on complex contours and difficult automotive surfaces.

    • 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5011, Dark Gray, 1.14 mm
      Great for bonding sensors, as well as claddings, body side moldings, rocker panels, running boards and wheel flares, 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5011 has been tested specifically for use on TPO and other LSE substrates. The 1.14 mm tape features adhesive applied to both sides and formulated for easy- and medium-difficulty paint systems. It also features high temperature (up to 80°C) holding power on LSE plastics such as TPO, PP and PP/EPDM. The liner is silicone-coated on both sides for easy release.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5005
      Tested specifically for excellent peel adhesion on TPO and other LSE substrates, this .51 mm tape features an adhesive formulated specifically for high adhesion to LSE and MSE surfaces on both sides of a viscoelastic foam core. This core conforms well, even to complex geometries, and is engineered for stress relaxation when exposed to high stress loads. It maintains bond line aesthetics under normal stress loads.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5008, Dark Gray, 0.8 mm
      This .8 mm tape features a double-sided adhesive that delivers robust initial tack and high adhesion build to TPO, EPDM and other LSE substrates. It is ideal for easy- and medium-difficulty paint systems and features high temperature (up to 80°C) holding power on LSE plastics such as PP and PP/EPDM. The liner is silicone-coated on both sides for easy release.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tape PX5015
      This 1.52 mm double-coated tape features the same adhesive on both sides for primerless application to LSE and MSE substrates and paints. Its acrylic foam core is designed for robust performance even on complex contours and difficult paint surfaces. The liner is silicone-coated on both sides to enable easy release.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4511, Black, 1.14 mm
      Great for bumper sensor attachment, garnishes and nested components, our 1.14 mm 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4511 is formulated for MSE substrates, as well as scratch- and mar-resistant automotive paint and polymer systems. The deep black color provides uniform bond line appearance.
    • 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape EX4515, Black, 1.5 mm
      Excellent for challenging surfaces, this 1.5 mm tape features acrylic adhesive applied to both sides, which delivers high initial and final tack compared to traditional, LSE and scratch- and mar-resistant automotive paints. It is especially effective on MSE plastics such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC). The deep black color provides uniform bond line appearance.

Need Help Finding the Right Solution?

3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.

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