What do you suggest using to reattach the latches on my Apple ][+

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What do you suggest using to reattach the latches on my Apple ][+

It's a very nice and clean specimen so whatever I do, I want it to look good and work well. Should I use epoxy? It seems to me that normal superglue wouldn't be strong enough. Any advice is appreciated.

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I would suggest ...

I would suggest you use this stuff:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/142278413569/

It's similar to what Apple uses but I think better.  If you can find it in black, that would keep you from having to use a black permanent marker to mask the edge of the adhesive pad before applying.  Using this will not "deface" the case like a glue would.

If you prefer glue, superglue does work but will eventually crack from the plastic.

Some silicone adhesives (specifically an adhesive, not a sealant) work OK but can pry away.

Epoxey works well if you use the steel reinforced stuff.  (JB Weld brand is the best)

 

Hope this helps!

 

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Double sided tape
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Looks relatively the same ...

Looks to be relatively the same, but the key word is "permanent".  The adhesive used makes a difference.

I read the reviews on the product you indicate above, and there's a 10 percent fallout (unsatisfactory) on the product, but that could very-well be how those folks used it.  Doesn't mean it's wrong or bad, but for the price, it's worth a shot IMHO.  No damage if it doesn't work out.

 

Something to consider ...

When the cover is snapped down, there is a possibility that there is pull tension between the 2 mating surfaces.  You'll want to minimize this because the cover could be constantly pulling from the main body, thus pulling at the adhesive.  Using 2 adhesive layers might help in this situation.

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http://www.willegal.net/blog/

http://www.willegal.net/blog/?p=5328

 

auto trim tape  works great - check your local auto parts store

 

regards,

Mike Willegal

 

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keep in mind that II+ shells

keep in mind that II+ shells are painted. I have seen adhesive side of velcros came off with the paint. Some of the II+ shells have velcros welded onto instead of adhesive for thaat reason.

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