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Mounting and Trim Attachment Assemblies

3M Mounting and Trim Attachment product solutions hold strong and long for smarter designs

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  • Mounting and Trim Attachment is the application of a smaller object to a larger surface to add functionality or decoration. These kinds of attachments are common in transportation, appliances, furniture, construction and architecture. They often require dead load holding strength, aesthetics, removability and fast bonding with little or no fixturing. ​

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  • Person mounting parking sign to concrete wall

    Mounting Assembly

    Examples include small signs, mirrors and white boards, and panel-over-panel with partial adhesive coverage.​

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  • Decorative trim mounted on painted surface

    Trim Attachment

    Decoration or identification added to a surface. Examples included nameplates, edge banding, bezels, rosettes and muntin bars.​

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  • Shear stress occuring in an overlap joint

    Shear Stress in Mounting and Trim Attachment Assemblies​

    Very similar to panel-to-frame and stiffener-to-panel assemblies, mounting and trim often experience dead load shear due to gravity. Because the joint is often already designed as shear it is an inherently preferable design for adhesive bonding. Some mounting applications, however, will also see some cleavage in addition to shear – and as an impact rather than dead load. Consider lenses or housings mounted to portable electronics or cases. Dynamic stresses are very common and drop-tests may be performed to test adhesive or tape strength.​

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Product Categories and considerations for Mounting and Trim Attachments

It’s the details that make your design so smart. That’s why you need adhesives for mounting and trim that hold fast when you want, remove easily when necessary and stay hidden for a clean appearance.​ 3M tapes and adhesives are ideal for invisibly mounting items like small signs, panels or mirrors, as well as muntin bars, edging, bezels, rosettes and other trim.

  • 3M™ VHB™ Tapes

    High-strength bonding tapes are a proven alternative to screws, rivets, welds and other mechanical fasteners. Can pre-apply to trim for production flexibility. Ideal for dissimilar substrates.

  • 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Structural Adhesives

    Acrylic, epoxy and urethane structural adhesives hold over 6.8MPa (1,000psi) in overlap shear strength. Use for heavy dead-loads with smaller joint areas (Example: brackets on heavy panels, poorly matched parts with high spring-back forces).

  • 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Instant Adhesives

    One part solvent-free cyanoacrylate (CA) adhesive that reaches handling strength in 5–30 seconds. Best for small very tight bondlines (<10 cm ). Commonly used on rubbers and plastics.

  • 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ PUR Adhesives

    One component, hot applied thermosetting adhesive with immediate strength and holding power. Final cured strength over 6.8MPa (1,000psi). Best for wood and plastic.

  • 3M™ Double Coated Tapes

    A paper, film or tissue carrier with pressure sensitive adhesive on both sides. Can be laminated onto a surface by hand or by automation. Can be pre-applied to trim. Provides very thin, aesthetic bondlines. Special formulations for LSE plastics.

  • 3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tapes

    A pressure sensitive adhesive on a liner. Can be laminated onto a surface by hand or by automation. Can be pre-applied to trim. Provides very thin, aesthetic bondlines. Special formulations for LSE plastics.

  • 3M™ Reclosable Fasteners

    3M™ Dual Lock™ and 3M™ Hook and Loop Reclosable Fasteners for strong yet easily removable fastening solutions. These products are ideal for quick mounting, trim or sign installation and change out.

  • 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesives

    100% solid, thermoplastic resins that reach bond strength in seconds. Best for wood and plastic.


Performance Factors for Mounting and Trim Attachment

All 3M technologies shown below are commonly used in mounting and trim attachment applications. Use the list below as a relative comparison of product performance.

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