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Whats that black pliable putty that is used on Automobiles
Posted by: Microman
Date: February 13, 2020 01:21PM
I have a scuff plate on the rear driver door of a 2012 Toyota Camry. It was in a wreck in that location, in 2014-15. The scuff plate doesn't have the two clips to hold it down, and has one or two of the plastic areas that would help hold it down cracked off as well.

The last time it came off, the repair done by the guaranteed for life thru Auto Club collision place it had this black putty, like play dough, holding it down. Actually the black had dried so it was harder after they used it to hold down the scuff plate.

Im debating on trying to have the insurance take care of it , as it was a lifetime guarantee. Or fixing it myself with the same type of putty to hold down securely, or buy a new one at the dealer with new clips for around $80.

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Re: Whats that black pliable putty that is used on Automobiles
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 13, 2020 01:30PM
The proper glue is trim adhesive. I believe it's a contact adhesive. What you've probably got is RTV, which is primarily a sealant / caulking compound.

IMHO, have AAA take care of it. The body shop they used screwed up and will have to do it for free. And pay for your rental.

My son's old Fiesta was 'repaired' after the first bad accident, and they did a terrible weld job. I crawled under the car right there at the insurance center, inspected the work and discovered they had partially welded the metal, filled the rest with RTV and painted over it. I kicked it back to them. They welded it right the second time.
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Re: Whats that black pliable putty that is used on Automobiles
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: February 13, 2020 03:00PM
Use 3M VHB double-sided tape.
It's used all thru the auto, aerospace, & boating industries.

Short lengths are available on ebay for a few bucks!



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Re: Whats that black pliable putty that is used on Automobiles
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: February 13, 2020 05:29PM
Black putty might be an asphalt/tar based compound. It used to be used as adhesive and/or undercoating. It becomes brittle and less sticky when cold.



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Re: Whats that black pliable putty that is used on Automobiles
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: February 13, 2020 05:58PM
The black putty is probably seam sealer. It is absolutely the WRONG product to use. They need to replace the piece with a new one and use the correct clips.

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Re: Whats that black pliable putty that is used on Automobiles
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: February 13, 2020 08:50PM
Strip Caulk is probably what they used based on your description.



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Re: Whats that black pliable putty that is used on Automobiles
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 14, 2020 11:10AM
....so this is black.....caulk.....?????


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