The 3M adhesive that has been developed for the EZ Snap stud has extreme holding power when properly bonded. This amazing adhesive also features the ability to substantially flex and stretch before it ultimately fails when put under massive pulling force.
In this video, the stud was intentionally failed and pulled apart to demonstrate not only the holding power of the adhesive but also what a properly bonded EZ Snap stud looks like.
The pulling force was also intentionally applied to one side to make it easier to fail the adhesive. If we would have pulled straight out on this stud, it would have been very difficult to fail the stud.
It is the strength of this adhesive that allows the EZ Snap adhesive to stand up to extreme winds and forces. The key though is to properly follow the installation instructions to achieve a proper bond.
Surface Prep for 3M Adhesive Studs:
Important: When installing using the EZ Snap adhesive studs, the surface must be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol ( ideally a 70% isopropyl and 30% water solution). This will help remove any oxidization or contaminants.
3M also recommends using the 3M Primer on the mounting surface where the adhesive will be adhered to.
The mounting surface must be a minimum 1 inch wide, totally smooth, flat, and clean.
Peel & Stick 3M:
Once you have cleaned and primed the mounting surface for the adhesive studs, simply peel off the liner on the back of the stud. Take care not to touch the adhesive once the liner is removed as this can contaminate the adhesive surface.
Press the adhesive studs into place on the cleaned and primed mounting surface. Press and hold the adhesive studs in place with firm pressure for a few seconds. 3M recommends 15 lbs of force. Press in the center and around the outer edges.
Ideally, temperatures should be at least +15 C / 60 F during installation and for 72 hours continuously. It is recommended to let the adhesive studs set a minimum of 24 hours before you start to install the EZ Snap material.
When EZ Snap 3M Adhesive Studs are pulled off of the mounting surface, it is easy to see how strong (or weak) the original bond was. The difference is obvious, as shown in these photos…
AirFlo™ Spacers are recommended for all Dome Skylights or Skylights with Plastic Lens.
To use: Place the spacers approximately 12 inches apart or how every many
would be required to keep the mesh from laying on the skylight lens.
Why do we suggest the AirFlo Spacers: Many dome skylights are quality, "Made in America" skylights, but unfortunately there are
a lot of skylights on the market now that are made off-shore. In very hot weather, these poorly made skylight lens can develop crazing or imperfections in the
plastic of the skylight lens. This is caused by an excessive heat build-up in the sub-standard plastic lens.
The AirFlo™ spacers lift the shading mesh off of the lens of the skylight, allowing the excess heat to dissipate.
NOTE: Using AirFlo Spacers will slightly increase the size of the dimensions of the shading mesh you will need.
If you are confident that you have a quality built dome skylight, then these spacers
are probably not necessary for your project, but if you are unsure, better to be safe than sorry.
The Primer Pen is used for applications where it is necessary to increase the surface adhesion of the EZ Snap stud.
Contains a 3M Clear, Colorless primer. Enough to prime the surface area for approximately 50 studs.
To use: Shake the pen well before using.
A gentle squeeze 1″ in from the felt tip, ruptures the inner membrane, allowing the contents to be easily dispensed.
Apply a thin, uniform coating to the bonding surface using the minimum amount that will fully coat the surface.
Dries clear. Allow to dry thoroughly before applying the studs. This takes approximately 5 minutes at room temperature.
Extremely porous surfaces may need a second application for uniform coverage and good adhesion.
TIP: Make a template, cut-out to the same size as the stud.
This prevents wasting primer by only priming the area that the stud will bond to.
**As with all primer type products, test on small area first to ensure it is compatible with surface.