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Old 02-19-2004, 02:58 PM
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Glue for running board rubber

What glue do I need to use to install rubber step pads on my painted steel running boards? I couldn't even find the pads on the internet much less the correct application glue. Unfortunately I bought the pads from an individual - not a supplier - to I can't get a recommendation that route.

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Just get yourself a waterproof contact cement and use that. I have used it in the past and it works just fine. You should be able to find it at your local Home Depot or Lowes or hardware store.
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Do you apply wterproof/exterior contact the same as interior - one coat on each surface, wait until tacky? I know for interior contact you normally need to use dowels or something similar to keep the two surfaces from grabbing each other and bonding in the wrong place. Do you do the same with the waterproof stuff or do you have some opportunity to move the rubber pad a bit to get it into position?

Also, any need to try to remove wax or to scuff up the clear coat on the surface of the running board? I'm even wondering if I should mask a line right around the edge of the rubber pad so I can apply the glue and keep it from smearing outside the edge of the pad - or is this stuff pretty easy to clean up.
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Most contact cement I have used, you have to keep the pieces separate until the glue dries. Then put them together and they don't move. I have seen wooden and also metal strips to keep them apart. Another choice is wax paper. Fold it over so you have 2 layers that are connected together. When ready to stick the pieces together, just pull 1 of the ends out. It will roll the paper out a little at a time while you apply the rubber in place.
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Because they are rubber use the wax paper method, dowels and metal strips will allow sags and give you lots of grief. Also do the application in a real warm garage or outside in hot weather (in WI?), that will help keep wrinkles out of it with weather changes as metal and rubber expand at different rates. Clean up is pretty easy with mineral spirits or paint thinner.
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check with Bob Drake the stuff I got with my rubber pads has his name and logo on it.
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Wally,

Couldn't find the glue/contact cement in a search of the Bob Drake site but I emailed them and hopefully will get a response. Do you have their catalog - if so, do you see anything listed in there?

Jalopy,

Thanks for the tip on a warm weather installation (among others). I was intending to do it as one of my winter projects but think I'll wait till spring now. No heat in my garage.
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Wally,

This is interesting. Bob Drake emailed back saying they "no longer supply this glue due to shipping restrictions."

Must be pretty potent stuff.

They recommended any rubber to metal contact cement from a local auto or home improvement store.
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Sorry...I am holding the can in my other hand...its called Bob Drake 109 Running Board Adhesive and is flammable...it came inside my rubber pads for the 37. Might be some other clues on the can I am looking... Ahhhh there is a Macklanburg-Duncan Company of California Inc City of Industry Ca 91746 might try them???
I liked it okay cause thats what they sent to use but I am at this site in Colorado not dareing enough to just try anything unknown out there.

I too am a warm wheather worker...but am getting my courage up for Oklahoma city in April...for me that kicks off my interest. Then we will go to Pueblo for the event in June...like the NHRA events usually go too two or three a year last year tried Louisville its big but overwhelming. I have taken my coupe to Pueblo but it gets to be more work than fun although I would like to take the 37 to Pueblo this year if I get it ready.
What you building? did I miss it on your original paragrah?

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What you building? did I miss it on your original paragrah?
I'm putting the running board pads on my 32 pickup. You can click my avatar at the left to see more pics.

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check with Bob Drake the stuff I got with my rubber pads has his name and logo on it.
Bob Drake no longer sells it, due to hazardous shipping requirements.

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running board glue

gaslight model a ford parts in ohio has a black glue for this job.
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Here ya go ... ...
none better ...http://www.wurthusa.com/project/en/l...th=04.0310.jpg
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Since this thread got resurrected, a brief update. I ended up using just plain old water resistant contract cement - same stuff as you would use to lay down kitchen counter laminate - from the local hardware store. 16,000 miles later (including snow, rain, and tons of direct sunlight) the rubber is stuck down as good as the day I installed it.

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