Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Scotch Extreme Exterior Mounting Tape

I wanted to do a follow-up on the tape that's holding the solar panels to the fiberglass roof of my van.

But first, I want to say that I am no expert, nor anyone special. I'm simply sharing my experience and you must make your own decision based on your specific circumstances.

It's called 'Extreme Exterior Mounting Tape' by Scotch and you can find it at Lowes. Here's a link to it's brother, Scotch Exterior Mounting Tape. They're both right next to each other at Lowes, but I can't ever seem to find it on the web site without putting in the actual part number, which I don't remember.

I've had my solar panels installed on my van for almost 4 months now. As far as I know, based on the Amazon page, they weigh between 25-30lbs each. I have two. On one of them I have 10  galvanized 'L' brackets and the other I only have 8. I have one strip of tape (probably about an inch and a half) on each bracket. The brackets themselves are actually screwed to the sides of the panels.

So far so good, everything is still holding up there. Mainly I wanted to point out that so far they have held up to temperatures as low as -8F and windchills around -20F. And a 50 mile roundtrip drive to work 5 days a week. And a handful of inches of snow sitting around and on top of them.

Cold weather has seemed to have little, if any, effect on the tape's ability to hold the solar panels to the fiberglass. I don't expect many people interested in putting solar panels on a vehicle to be sticking around in the cold and snow as long as I have been. But if they did, this has been my experience thus far. So there's that.

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