Taping a plate to ski problem!

swerveitswerveit Posts: 210 Baller
edited June 2018 in Skis Fins Bindings
Hi Team!

Slight issue, I use 3M VHB (very high bond) tape to connect my plate to the ski. The sort of tape you'll find on Gopro mounts. Very strong, Never had an issue with it. However my new ski seems to have a slight concave on the top deck, and if I lay tape in the middle of the plate and down the sides (as normal), the tape down middle causes a pivot point - meaning that the left or right lefts/peals away...
Anyone had this issue or suggestions to safely tape the plate ?
I was considering velcro next ??
(I use fogamans)

please excuse my poor 3D graphic drawings.... :D :D


  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,050 Mega Baller
    I have a similar thing going currently, almost want some thickness in the VHB tape or to use a few layers of VHB on the periphery.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,701 Mega Baller
    Dual lock has some thickness to it. Would a lot of Dual lock provide the connection you are looking for? I dual lock a plate to my ski (a Goode without inserts) then mount releasable (Vapor & RTP) bindings to it. I have never had the plate peel away from the ski.
    Mark Shaffer
  • MSMS Posts: 4,969 Mega Baller
    I would call 3M and see what they say.
    Shut up and ski
  • acmxacmx Posts: 228 Baller
    @MS you funny guy!!!
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 162 Baller
    Woah woah woah! Hold the phone!

    You mean using go pro sticky things is a viable alternative to screws for a waterski binding?!

    So say someone wanted to mount a radar vector hrt on the rear of a Connelly ski where the holes don’t play nice together ... this could be an option?

    For realz?
  • CkruegCkrueg Posts: 28 Baller
    What if you ran the tape across the ski vs from front to back
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Get an adapter plate, mount your Fogmans to the plate and screw the plate to the ski using the pre-drilled holes on the plate and the inserts on the ski. You could then skip the tape in the middle and only use tape down either side for the purpose of creating a flat plane on which the adapter plate can sit. Because of the width and irregular shape of the Fogman plate, you might not be able the get the Fogman plate to sit flat on your convex top ski. You might need to use a slightly longer machine screw and you can leave the top stop on the tape- no need to make it double sided since you are screwed to the ski.

    If you are taping the Fogman plate directly to the ski, you are not using the bindings properly.

    What ski are you using that has a convex top? It would seem that no binding would fit securely to such a ski.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • swerveitswerveit Posts: 210 Baller
    @jercrane - yeah ive used it for 3+ years never had an issue (until now) I use 3 strips 3 inches long at the top and the same at the bottom of the plate. The stuff is so strong I tore my rotator cuff trying to prize it away. now ive learnt that you need to get a hair dryer on it , super heat it and it separates cleanly. I swap it out every 2 years only when I switch/replace skis. believe the product code is 4991 - be careful as theres a really narrow one and a standard one.

    @lpskier - I currently use the connelly/stealth approved plate, issue being is the release mounts are in-front of the screw holes, a big crash would snap the plate like a twig as its super thin a designed to be taped.
    Ive got a Radar pro build, had two of them before and never had this issue - for some reason this ones slightly convex... using the connelly/fogman version with the adaptor plate. Ironically of the Three pro builds ive had this is by the far the best one (other than this annoying issue).
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,050 Mega Baller
    Does the Denali crew have their binding plates available for sale?
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