Under kitchen cabinet lights won't stick


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Under kitchen cabinet lights won't stick

My new kitchen has led lights 6 in total. They are stuck on with double sided foam type tape. After being on for minutes they fall off and are left dangling by their wire. This is driving me crazy. Solution anyone?
 
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Old 03-01-15, 07:44 AM
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Are they coming off the tape, or is the tape coming off the cabinet?
 
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They are coming off the tape the minute they heat up.
 
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Old 03-01-15, 08:20 AM
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I'm not sure it's available in the UK but you need to purchase a good double stick foam product like that made by 3M. Remove the old tape. Clean the light and under the cabinet with lighter fluid. Use a quality double stick foam tape and they won't come off.
 
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Thanks for that. Will get some. Best way to get old tape off. Hi gloss units
 
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A strong paint solvent like lacquer thinner or MEK will soften/dissolve most foam tapes and adhesives. They will also attack many plastics and de-gloss the surface for better adhesion. I would use a putty knife and scrape off as much of old tape as possible. Then scrub off any remaining adhesive with solvent being careful to only let the solvent touch the bottom of the plastic where it will not show.

You may also have a slight layer of grease, smoke or dirt on the bottom of your cabinets. Wipe down the under side where you will stick the lights with rubbing alcohol to make sure the area is clean.

Many double sided adhesives, especially some of the better stronger ones, need time to cure for maximum strength. Try sticking up the lights before you go to bed or work and don't turn them on for 8-24 hours to allow the adhesive to set before subjected to the heat of the lights.
 
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You mentioned the heat caused the tape to loosen.
Try using a blow dryer to soften the remaining tape.
 
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Thanks everyone for the help. Fingers crossed I can get this sorted out now.
 
 

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