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    Dash Cam Adhesive Pads Continually Failing--What's Worked for Yours?

    I have a Blackvue dash cam that started in my 2016 and is now in my 2019. I have it mounted in the same place--on the sensor cover below the mirror. Due to different angle of the windshield or then the sensor cover in the 2019, I had to mount the front cam a bit lower than I did in my 2016 to avoid the cover being in the view.

    I am now on my second (OEM Blackvue) adhesive pad in 3 months due to slow but sure failure over time. I'm sure the heat here in FL doesn't help. I had similar issues in my 2016, but not as frequently (maybe one replacement in a year of owning the cam). Both times in the new car, I carefully cleaned the sensor cover and cam mount surface with isopropanol and let both fully dry before application. Failure side each time in both cars is from the adhesive to the sensor cover, not the cam mount. The one for the rear cam is on the glass itself and that's been rock solid in both vehicles.

    I have now discovered that these pads are not designed for my application: "These sticky adhesive mounting pads are designed to be mounted on glass or metal surfaces. It is not recommended to place these sticky pads on plastic or rubber surfaces inside your vehicle." This is from the BV website info for these pads, but the Amazon listing from which I purchased them didn't have that additional info.

    For anyone with a cam mounted in the same place in your Mazda, what type of adhesive pads have you used successfully? Would an adhesion promoter help, regardless?

    I like the cam located where I have it--it is out of my line of sight, and is more protected from direct sunlight than it would be on the front glass, and it is essentially centered.
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    I have used the 3M command strips on my dash cam recently. Have been on 9 mon. Have seen extreme cold and some hot weather. Will know for sure at the end of this summer. I think cleaning is critical, last step is wiping with 90+% alcohol.

    Used these all over in our camper. Wall is not as smooth a surface as glass and they have lasted 2 yrs which includes 4 mon in Az, rest of the year in Mn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwh2 View Post
    I have used the 3M command strips on my dash cam recently. Have been on 9 mon. Have seen extreme cold and some hot weather. Will know for sure at the end of this summer. I think cleaning is critical, last step is wiping with 90+% alcohol.
    Wow...never even thought about Command Strips working for this application, even though I use some of the hooks around my house. Thank you for the suggestion! Surprised that your experience is so positive, in particular with the temp gradients, but I guess I shouldn't be if I think about it.

    I know that various 3M double sided tape will likely work, including the gray ones often used for external car accessories (think spoilers and bumper guards), and also their VHB foam tapes, but those both tend to be rather thick and I'd want something lower profile. Command strips are pretty thin.

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    Even better --- The mounting strips used for EZ-PASS Transponders. They'll never come off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcardoza View Post
    Even better --- The mounting strips used for EZ-PASS Transponders. They'll never come off!
    Thanks! Actually thought about those. I recall how nicely those worked on my NJ EZ-Pass and original FL Sunpass, but at least FL now has moved to only offering suction cup boxes or flat permanent adhesive transponders. I forget what the product is called--kinda a cousin to Velcro, but both sides I think have "arms" that intermesh into each other. I think the product is pretty thick, however.

    Aha--it is called Dual Lock Tape. And they make a low profile version!

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    Amazon has a number of versions.



    Quote Originally Posted by RLCarrington View Post
    Thanks! Actually thought about those. I recall how nicely those worked on my NJ EZ-Pass and original FL Sunpass, but at least FL now has moved to only offering suction cup boxes or flat permanent adhesive transponders. I forget what the product is called--kinda a cousin to Velcro, but both sides I think have "arms" that intermesh into each other. I think the product is pretty thick, however.

    Aha--it is called Dual Lock Tape. And they make a low profile version!

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    And thanks to sm1ke for backing up the Command Strips suggestion!

    pcardoza, Amazon and I are very well acquainted.

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    3m dual lock from walmart. Withstands even Arizona' heat and direct sunlight.
    They have black and transparent versions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cz5gt View Post
    3m dual lock from walmart. Withstands even Arizona' heat and direct sunlight.
    They have black and transparent versions.
    Thank you for another confirmation on the Dual Lock product being a good option! I'm leaning heavily in that direction.

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    Bought a Fortin Remove starter. I later added their remote key fob which came with an antenna with 3m double sided tape. That thing was stuck unto the windshield like crazy.

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    Thanks, CX-5um!

    Went with the 3M dual lock low profile. Was going to do clear, but decided black would be less visible since this product has a thicker profile than the dashcam adhesive pads. Black was the correct choice.

    Has worked perfectly so far and no sign of sagging or adhesive failure, in particular even after 6 hours yesterday parked directly in blazing South FL sun. And love the fact that it can come apart if needed.

    Much thanks to everyone's input and for those who recommended this product!

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    Nothing has worked for me and I've tried about 5 or 6 different types of tape. I recently tried this Gorilla tape that is supposed to be heavy duty, for indoor/outdoor use, and able to hold 30 pounds. It lasted all of one week before I came out to find my camera hanging by the cable. And yes, I clean the hell out of the glass with alcohol before mounting it. Very frustrating! I guess my last ditch effort will be to try the EZ velcro strips someone else recommended. It's worth a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mox44ah View Post
    Nothing has worked for me and I've tried about 5 or 6 different types of tape. I recently tried this Gorilla tape that is supposed to be heavy duty, for indoor/outdoor use, and able to hold 30 pounds. It lasted all of one week before I came out to find my camera hanging by the cable. And yes, I clean the hell out of the glass with alcohol before mounting it. Very frustrating! I guess my last ditch effort will be to try the EZ velcro strips someone else recommended. It's worth a shot.

    https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Heavy...s%2C233&sr=8-5

    mox44ah, what brand dashcam do you have? My BlackVue OEM adhesive pads are rock solid on glass, but my front cam is mounted on the plastic sensor cover around/under the rearview mirror and they aren't designed for that. Not sure about base size and weight compatibility with your own cam, but if similar specs you may want to try the BV adhesive pads since you are mounting on glass.

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