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I'm looking for suggestions on the type of adhesive to use to replace my lower driver's side mirror. I was in a area where the weather had been pretty hot and I think the existing adhesive simply melted and gave up. There's nothing broken behind the mirror, it was hanging by the remaining adhesive.
I've had someone look at it and told me that this has probably happened before because there appeared to be three different types of adhesive on the ring behind the mirror. The back of the mirror is plastic and the ring it attaches to appears to be some sort of rubber.
I'm looking for some sort of all weather adhesive that will not make such a bond that the mirror can't be removed should that need to be done (i.e. a broken mirror replacement). At the same time I want something strong enough that the mirror won't be falling out on the road as I drive along.
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I am a fan of clear silicone for most of my adhesive/waterproof needs. I use Permatex RTV that I get at Autozone. I think that would work well in your application. It bonds well to dissimilar materials and can be removed with slight difficulty.
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Thanks for the response Robert. I thought my problem here would be trying to choose from a lot of different suggestions. Apparently not.
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Everyone must agree with me That has never happened before...
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Hi Phil,

Sikaflex adhesive is another option. Here is a link to their RV products page:

http://usa.sika.com/en/solutions_pro...05sa12101.html

The OEM of our last MH used 221 adhesive on some big exterior trim pieces. It is very tough stuff and a mess if you aren't careful to keep it only on the surfaces you want bonded.

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Ramco Mirrors came as original equipment on many of our 'Birds Wanderlodge Owners Group > Good, Bad, and Ugly > Vendors > Ramco Engineering Inc (Mirrors) when I received the rebuilt mirrors from them for my 'Bird they included a tube of this adhesive sealant;



ASI 502 Industrial Silicone Sealant/Adhesive is a one-part, moisture-curing RTV (room temperature vulcanizing) silicone that cures to a strong, silicone rubber that maintains long-term durability and flexibility. ASI 502 is a non-slump sealant and can be applied to vertical or overhead surfaces without flowing or sagging.Because ASI 502 is a 100% silicone sealant, it has excellent resistance to weathering including ozone, ultra-violet radiation, freeze-thaw conditions and airborne chemicals.

Fully cured, ASI 502 has excellent adhesion to glass, metal, porcelain, ceramic, wood, most plastics and many other nonporous substrates.
ASI 502 can be applied to surface temperatures from -18°C to +50°C (0°F to +120°F) and after curing, withstands constant operating temperatures from -70 to +400 degrees F.

For more go to;

http://www.americansealantsinc.com/a...lant-adhesive/
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I re-glued the glass in an outside mirror on an old pickup truck that had fallen off. Used a 2-part epoxy intended for glass, rubber, etc. Cleaned mating surfaces with alcohol first - then stuck that sucker on good - hold in place for 30 seconds. Got it at a hardware store but found out later could have saved a couple bucks at Meijers or Walmart.
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I knew the members of this board couldn't let a question go by with just one opinion !!!! Guess I just didn't ask the question right the first time.

Thank you all. Now I can get the mirror fixed so I see where I've already been.
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I have taken apart 4 mirrors, and the mirrors from Ramco had both the silicone sealant plus velcro. Maybe the velcro was there to hold it in place when it was first siliconed or maybe when the weather gets hot it would not fall off???
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