Nice look with a new Hood Pad.
Doing this, how many people do you recommend to do this?
The Pad on my 380SL is still good after 37 years.
The Pad on my 560SL is falling apart and I use 3M spray adhesive but I wonder if
there is something better as the pad has come unglued a couple times - might be because the Pad is simply deteriorating.
I don't feel the foam pads will last all that long, but it surprised me how easy it was to apply, in the end, Carl
I used Sika contact adhesive 105, which is a rebrand from their 4600 AU
Didn't bother completely cleaning everything off the bonnet (hood), just removed all the foam and any loose stuff left over
Then used a 130mm foam roller to apply the glue to the pad first (pad takes a tiny bit longer to dry) then to the bonnet
Don't apply the glue to about 20 or 30mm around the pad or bonnet, makes it easier to handle and apply
Definitely two people, one to hold the pad up on one side and in about the right position without contacting the bonnet
The other person lines it up just over the top lip, about 4 or 5mm, and apply the first bit to the bonnet
Hold it there, although if you get the glue set up time right, about 10 mins, it will hold on it's own
Grab the bottom corner, same side, and apply it to the bonnet, keeping it snug inside against the fold in the edge of the bonnet
Then just tap spots along this edge, then lightly push the pad against the bonnet working across to the other side
It will go on and stay surprisingly easy, then tuck in the other edge
That's when I used the roller in the below pic, in this case a carpet seam roller, but anything will do including a small paint roller
Once it's all rolled flat then tuck the edge of the pad into the top lip, finishes it off really well and helps prevent if from peeling off with usage
I thought it would be easier to remove the bonnet, but taking the pad up to the installed bonnet makes it easier, it only contacts the bonnet when you push it on to it, and where you want it
Keep in mind my glue tack time of around 10 mins was with 10c and humidity around 85, drier hotter climates will be quite a deal less
Between this pad and the boot carpet the car feels that much cleaner and neater, and finished (almost!)
Pics below are the glue used, reasonably thin and rolls very easily, the foam roller, carpet roller, and other pic shows the lip you want to install the carpet just over, then tuck it under
I used about half of the first 1 litre can of glue on the boot carpet, then bought another litre to make sure I didn't run out
If you're just doing the bonnet, I used a little over half a litre