How To Remove EZ Snap Adhesive Studs

How to remove 3M adhesive studs

How To Remove EZ Snap Adhesive Studs


VHB-Extreme-Holding-PowerEZ Snap’s adhesive studs utilize the 3M VHB adhesive. This peel and stick adhesive is known as one of the highest bond strength adhesives ever made. As a matter of fact, V.H.B. stands for Very High Bond.
Check out this video on the power of the VHB adhesive from 3M.

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Instructions on how to remove VHB adhesive studs.


The EZ Snap adhesive studs are designed to stand up to all types of extreme weather conditions. Canadian winters and Arizona heat, as well as, extreme wind forces. The ingredient that allows this extreme holding power is the magic of the VHB adhesive by 3M.

But what if you want to remove the studs one day, for example, to change them to a different color?  Follow the steps below and you can make it like they were never there.

Removal procedure:

  1. Grip and peel off the plastic part of the stud using pliers (needle nose are ideal).
  2. At this point, you will most likely have quite a bit of the flexible foam left behind on the mounting surface. Using your thumb or a rag, roll-off this excessive foam as much as possible.
  3. When you have removed as much of the flexible foam as you can, the remainder can be removed using a citrus oil-based cleaner, such as “Goo Gone” or “Goof Off”. These cleaners are designed to break the bond of the VHB adhesive.
  4. Continue to apply the citrus oil cleaner until the adhesive is completely gone.
  5. Clean area to remove any citrus oil residue using a 50/50 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol before installing another adhesive stud.
  6. Apply a light coat of 3M Primer onto the mounting surface where the 3M adhesive will contact it.

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Place approximately 12 inches apart on the lens of the skylight.

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.

Outside View Black EZ Snap Shade Screens

OUTSIDE VIEW - BLACK EZ Snap Shade Screens.

INSIDE VIEW - BLACK EZ Snap Shade Screens

Outside View White EZ Snap Shade Screens

OUTSIDE VIEW - WHITE EZ Snap Shade Screens

Inside View White EZ Snap Shade Screens

INSIDE VIEW - WHITE EZ Snap Shade Screens

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.