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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:06 pm

sdenny wrote:
pharriso wrote:No not Silicone! Parts stores carry an adhesive specific for this task by 3M or Loctite


Any reason why not to use silicon? I've used "sanitary silicon" to fix car mirrors before - it's a good "filler" if there's nothing behind the mirror to glue to


Like me, I think you thought the original question was how to stick the mirror glass back in. I think that the question was how to stick it to the windscreen.
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PostPost by: sdenny » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:29 pm

KevJ+2 wrote:
sdenny wrote:
pharriso wrote:No not Silicone! Parts stores carry an adhesive specific for this task by 3M or Loctite


Any reason why not to use silicon? I've used "sanitary silicon" to fix car mirrors before - it's a good "filler" if there's nothing behind the mirror to glue to


Like me, I think you thought the original question was how to stick the mirror glass back in. I think that the question was how to stick it to the windscreen.
Glad it's not just me :roll:


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PostPost by: toggle45 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:18 am

On my early S3, the RV mirror was affixed to the windscreen tensioning rod. Was it different on the Sprint?
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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:05 am

I would be interested to hear the arguments against Silicone sealant. I have tried various glass adhesive kits with limited success so now use Silicone in all my cars for sticking rear view mirrors. It's safe, doesn't cause any damage to the glass or mirror and if you do have to remove it then it's not that difficult. In an accident I imagine it would give way quite easily too. Over to you...

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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:29 am

sorry for any confusion guys....
I put 'mirror' not 'mirror glass' and 'fallen off' not 'fallen out'......
have ordered some of the special stuff, but I would also like to hear any arguments on silicone.....I presume it would be the stuff used for glueing/sealing aquaria rather than the ordinary plumbing variety?

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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:35 pm

toggle45 wrote:Was it different on the Sprint?


Yes, S4 & Sprint dhcs have stick ons...
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:12 pm

nigelrbfurness wrote:I would be interested to hear the arguments against Silicone sealant.
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Because it's a sealant & not intended for the job? It worked for you - great., we're happy for you.

The 3M & loctite adhesive are engineered for this task & inexpensive, why take the risk with something else?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:40 pm

sdenny wrote:
pharriso wrote:No not Silicone! Parts stores carry an adhesive specific for this task by 3M or Loctite


Any reason why not to use silicon? I've used "sanitary silicon" to fix car mirrors before - it's a good "filler" if there's nothing behind the mirror to glue to


Silicon is great for bonding glass to glass or whatever, but it's relatively slow grabbing/curing for the purpose of fixing rear view mirrors in place.
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PostPost by: sdenny » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:57 am

Elanconvert wrote:sorry for any confusion guys....
I put 'mirror' not 'mirror glass' and 'fallen off' not 'fallen out'......


Please don't feel you have to apologise for my stupidity! I've got used to doing that for myself :D
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