If possible I plan to use two of the holes from the original spoiler plus the carriage bolts that I used to fill those holes in order to secure the ends. I think that will be important since this thing will have to be forced to bend around the slight crown of the trunk lid. To keep the rest of it stuck down I'll used double-sided mounting tape. For testing I will initially forego the real mounting tape in favor of the tape pads from those 3M removable mounting hooks to put pictures and things on your walls. (Heck, that might be good enough to keep.) The idea there is to keep it fixed but retain the ability to remove the spoiler easily if I need to tweak it or decide that it flat-out doesn't work.
I think silicone would be a good choice for a final, 100% finished and tweaked install. It would also be good as a sealer if there were issues with air catching the leading edge, though I would like to roll it under to prevent that.
My only concern with silicone is that it might not handle high temps very well (especially on my black car.) Back when I was more of a 'speed freak' I used a similar adhesive to piece together a pod to mount my V1 remote display on the dash without being too conspicuous. It worked until a hot day came around and pieces started falling off. Needless to say, no longer an issue!
Off to a good start!
First Bend Close-up:
Refined Cut and All Bends Made:
First, I should say that I realized when I got home that it's not aluminum I'm using...it's steel! Apparently it was too hot today for me to notice...oh well! One thing is for sure, this thing will be strong.
Now my major goal is to make this thing safe. Sticking it on the car as-is would be kind of like fitting a dull blade to the deck lid, which is a major pedestrian hazard. The edges need to be made safe to the touch before it goes anywhere near the car. It'll also need at least a coat of rustoleum primer to protect against the weather before I start testing with it.
Can't complain, though. This one came out a whole lot better than yesterday's flimsy version.
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I wanna learn such skills but I'd prolly just cut myself the hell up.
Funny you should mention that. Wear gloves! I learned the hard way that sheet metal causes injury to fingers by mere proximity, much less contact. That should make it fairly obvious that I don't have any special skills, just learning as I go. That and I've probably spent too much time watching American Chopper and the other bike builder shows...what I wouldn't give for a shop full of the right tools!