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Old 06-22-2015, 03:18 PM   #11
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The 3M adhesives cannot now be applied between the tubing and the gel coat. The only option would be to apply the adhesive on the sides of the tubing and the gel coat roof, maybe forming an angled application. I am probably going to have to bolt thru and find a way to trim the interior exposed bolts. I have two factory installed 95 W solar panels.
According to the details for this one can be applied between 2 items previously attached and it is resistant to joint movement http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000XBDJW...ZJUJROAL&psc=1
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:40 PM   #12
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According to the details for this one can be applied between 2 items previously attached and it is resistant to joint movement 3M Marine 4000 UV Adhesive/Sealant Fast Cure (White, 1/10 Gallon): Industrial Sealants: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific
Without prior experience, one can get into trouble with fast cure products. How can adhesive be applied between two items that are already attached (between). I believe it is applied during or before the mechanical fastening. 3M 4200 is intended to be used more as an sealer than a adhesive.
I do appreciate your suggestions.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:55 PM   #13
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I know epoxy has a bad rep here now that ETI's application has had a couple failures but if you are interested this video shows how to properly apply a fillet to the sides. Keep in mind for proper adhesion, you need to rough up both the aluminum and the trailer. As I've mentioned before removing the gelcoat is recommended by West System, but not practical.

If I'm seeing it right, if you look at the images of the OP's trailer (other thread page 3), the panel was mounted just to the rear of the apex of a 5.0 roof, could not have found a spot to get more wing effect then there. The newer installs all the way to the back, behind the air conditioner are much less susceptible to the wind. A sub par epoxy job like Bob's could compound the likelihood of a failure.

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Old 06-23-2015, 10:02 AM   #14
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In most cases, the 95 watt panels are properly bonded on and adding the cable restraints is a quick and easy way to ensure they stay that way. If the epoxy bond fails, the cables will prevent the panel from coming off the roof and a bolt through bracket will need to be installed.

For those that prefer a bolt down kit for the 95 watt panels, I do have brackets that I can send.

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Old 06-23-2015, 11:33 AM   #15
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If the epoxy bond fails the gel coat on the roof will be damaged. The panel, the retainer cable and the drive rivet will have to be removed. The gel coat repaired and the bolt through bracket installed resulting in more holes in the roof if both the options are installed. . The epoxy does not seem to be the problem. The installation quality is the problem on our 19.
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