For durability and smooth sides on trailers, trucks, busses, and other commercial vehicles, 3M™ VHB™ Tapes are proven to go the distance.
3M sent two trailers to the Bosch Automotive Proving Grounds for independent testing to compare mechanically-fastened side panels to those attached with 3M™ VHB™ Tape. After 36,000 simulated road miles, 31% of mechanical fasteners were loose.
Without use of sealants, these mechanically-fastened seams leaked with water sprayed at less than 75 psi. After 100,000 simulated road miles, 3M™ VHB™ Tape in an unconstrained panel design held securely without leaks at up to 3,200 psi. And even with extreme thermal cycling testing, the panels with 3M™ VHB™ Tape were water tight and aesthetically smooth.
With 3M™ VHB™, manufacturers also bond and seal panels in one step – helping build a better trailer faster.