3M Adhesion Primer
3M Adhesion Primer / Promoter
All Boogey Lights® LED strips have 3M VHB Tape backing affixed to them. This 3M Tape is designed to make a more-or-less permanent bond between the LED strip and the surface to which it is attached. When properly prepared, 3M Tape can be affixed to polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS, PET/PBT blends, concrete, wood, glass, metal and painted metal surfaces. To make this bond you must however prepare the surface to which the LED strip will be affixed. You do this by first cleaning the surface with isopropyl alcohol (50/50 mixture with water) and then painting on 3M Adhesion Promoter. YOU CANNOT SKIP THIS STEP. Always apply 3M Adhesion Promoter to any surface Boogey Lights® LED strips will be mounted. The promoter acts as a primer that ensures maximum adhesion. Porous surfaces may require 2 applications of 3M Promoter for uniform coverage and good adhesion. If you are going to add a second coat, allow the first application of promoter to dry before applying the second coat. Simply use a clean, dry cloth to apply it to the mounting surface.
HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?
3M Promoter is a powerful adhesion primer. It's an essential step in the installation process. You don't need much of it to make it work. A simple single swipe on the surface you're mounting the light strip to is all you need. A one ounce bottle should provide enough primer for two 16' LED strips. That said, some customers feel better if they liberally "paint" the mounting surface completely with it -- which is fine. The problem is 3M Adhesion Primer isn't readily available everywhere; particularly weekends, holidays and evenings. Also, it evaporates quickly if not sealed tightly. If you run out before you're finished, you'll have to wait to finish the job until you get more adhesion primer. If you're one of those people who prefer to have a little adhesion primer left-over just in case, we suggest buying more than less given the importance of it to a quality installation. .
The process of preparing the surface with 3M Promoter is as follows:
- Clean the surface with alcohol. Be sure to let the alcohol dry completely before proceeding. If the mounting surface has additional road grime/grease on it, you may need to use a degreaser first. If so, be sure to use the 50/50 alcohol mix to clean that degreaser off first. A degreasing agent (e.g. acetone) will render the 3M Adhesion Promoter useless if it's not removed before applying the 3M Promoter.
- Apply 3M Promoter to the area where you will be mounting your lights. Be sure to seal the 3M Adhesion Primer bottle/can immediately. It evaporates quickly.
- Wait 30-90 seconds to allow the 3M Promoter to dry.
- Mount your lights.
Once the 3M tape touches the surface that has been promoted, it will instantly adhere to the surface. You will not be able to move the LED strip without damaging the LED strip.