Originally Posted by Jim99
I need to attach some things to the exterior of my escape
(on the vertical sides).
It only needs to be as strong as duct tape. It will be on for about 1 week in possibly high temps (90+) in full sun. In a previous life I tried different duct tapes on different surfaces (painted wood and aluminum). I found 'Duck' tape left the least residue and Gorilla tape was horrible, left a lot of residue and the adhesive just melts in the heat.
I could use some sort of weak sealant/adhesive (silicone?) as the travel trailer will be stationary and the forces on the adhesive not all that great. Reading old posts here indicate that silicone leaves an unpleasant residue that remains long after the silicone is gone...
Has anyone have ideas on a not-so-strong, not-permanent, and easy-to-clean attachment method to the side of a fiberglass trailer?
3M Scotch Tough Duct tape. It has a purple label on the roll. This is a residue free duct tape. Yes it really is residue free and it is very strong. I use it often because it makes a great temporary clamp. Actually it will stay up for a year or more and still be residue free. Works outside in rain and hot sun with no troubles.
Trying is believing, this is not your horrid gummy residue left behind Duct tape.
You can buy it at Home Depot, Lowes and quite a few hardware store chains. Cost more than the standard duct tape but is worth it when you don't want to have a mess to clean up after the tape is removed.
Another choice but much more expensive is VHB tape. Wait I know people will tell you it can't be removed easily but that is not at all true. The trick is to leave a little extra long tail to one side and put a piece of other type of tape (packaging tape, duct tape, scotch tape or even a piece of paper) against the sticky side of the end so that it will not stick to the surfaces. Now when you want to remove it just grab onto the tail with pliers and stretch the tape pulling it in line with the tape so it stretches out nice and thin. Don't try and pull up on the tape, keep pulling parallel or it won't release easily.
You know those Command Adhesive hooks that release from surfaces by pulling on the tab? That stuff is actually VHB tape. It is another choice, you can purchase replacement tags of it at the hardware store. It will last outdoors for a temporary application. Same thing, you have to pull the tab parallel rather than pulling up on it.