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Anyone had this issue as well?

On my Carfax, it lists the dealer installing the trunk/boot spoiler prior to being sold.
So my guess is, the dealer didn't install it correctly with the primer or whatever... as opposed to it being factory installed correctly (if it was even a factory installed option?)

Anyone that has had this issue, how have you fixed it.
Pulling it off and cleaning (iso alcohol) and replacing the tape is the fix (and using the primer/adhesive mentioned in the accessory install instructions), but anyone know exactly what 3M/double sided tape to use?

There are so many choices out there, even for the automotive applications, that it would be great to not have to do this again for at least another 6-7 years.
Amazon is flooded with "3M" knock-off, so I am fine buying and paying a premium (aka... actual retail), if it guarantees legitimate 3M products.

I may also just pull it off (so it doesn't go flying off on the freeway) and see how it looks. But as of now, I would like to re-secure it.

Thanks!!
 

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I used 3M Exterior Attachment Tape for the spoiler on my 2012. Bought it through Amazon but it's genuine in original 3M packaging.

Make sure you get the spoiler aligned just right when installing; the trunk lip is a complex curve and if it's not precisely aligned you can end up with it pulling away again rather quickly.
 

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I used 3M Exterior Attachment Tape for the spoiler on my 2012. Bought it through Amazon but it's genuine in original 3M packaging.

Make sure you get the spoiler aligned just right when installing; the trunk lip is a complex curve and if it's not precisely aligned you can end up with it pulling away again rather quickly.
Thank you. I will check out that 3M tape on Amazon.

As a side note, I just yanked it off (by hand) and it looks like it was only really coming into contact with the tape on the upper trunk lid and right and left corners of the spoiler to trunk lid.
The portion on the rear facing (vertical trunk portion) wasn't even touching... the entire width of the spoiler.
Also, they did use the primer on the trunk lid, per instructions, but then (most likely because it was misaligned front to back) the adhesive on the spoiler, never even made contact with the primed sections on the trunk lid.

Awesome attention to detail from the dealer.

Yeah looks to be 1/4" width for anyone looking to buy the tape prior to yanking it off.

It's not a bad looking car, even with the spoiler off... but I think I still like it slightly more with the spoiler.

Thanks again!!

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I'll add that according to 3M, the primer (called "adhesion promoter" and also available from Amazon) isn't really for painted metal but rather for plastics and rubbers. It should not be necessary on the trunk surface.

My process was too carefully prep the spoiler and apply the tape to that first, letting it set for a couple of days before peeling off the second backing and applying it to the trunk. It also helps if you can let the car sit in the sun for a while before applying the spoiler to ensure that there was a warm surface to enhance the bonding.

I also buffed the trunk lid and did minor paint correction (no wax, just polishing compound to ensure the area was as clean as possible) before prepping with alcohol and attaching the spoiler.
 

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I'll add that according to 3M, the primer (called "adhesion promoter" and also available from Amazon) isn't really for painted metal but rather for plastics and rubbers. It should not be necessary on the trunk surface.

My process was too carefully prep the spoiler and apply the tape to that first, letting it set for a couple of days before peeling off the second backing and applying it to the trunk. It also helps if you can let the car sit in the sun for a while before applying the spoiler to ensure that there was a warm surface to enhance the bonding.

I also buffed the trunk lid and did minor paint correction (no wax, just polishing compound to ensure the area was as clean as possible) before prepping with alcohol and attaching the spoiler.
Odd that Volvo's own instructions mention a "primer"... which did leave behind some dried texture on the paint, which I hope will come off easily.

my entire car is in need of paint correction. I got an amazing deal on it, but looked like someone, who didn't know what they were doing, tried to clean/buff the car and you can see all swirl marks from their orbital/buffer all over the car.
And the black paint magnifies any imperfections.
It's finally getting to be "cooler" weather here in Phoenix, so I'll finally be able to attack this paint!

Thanks again!
 

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S60R ... T5 - Trunk Lid ?

What year is this Volvo?
2013... yeah the "R" is probably the previous owner's "add-on"... must be good for like 50 whp, right??!

I'm going to remove all the badges any way once I get to refinishing the paint.
 

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Just a note, I did mine according to the "instructions" given with the kit, which included the primer and what I presumed to be a one-part moisture cured PU sealant. Since Volvo didn't offer any of these, I just used the standard 3M one-step urethane for window glass installs.

 

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Thank you! Funny that Volvo didn't utilize the two clips and the threaded insert that are in the spoiler. I am glad they didn't drill three holes in the trunk lid, but funny they decided to not use them.
 

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Thank you! Funny that Volvo didn't utilize the two clips and the threaded insert that are in the spoiler. I am glad they didn't drill three holes in the trunk lid, but funny they decided to not use them.
My 2012 R-Design came with the spoiler from the factory and didn't use the threaded inserts either. I think that Volvo must have changed their mind about the mounting system at some point.

Also, mine definitely did not use any sealant from the factory; the was no residue other than tape and a pair of rubber stand offs that had adhesive on both sides. No sealant residue whatsoever.
 

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My 2012 R-Design came with the spoiler from the factory and didn't use the threaded inserts either. I think that Volvo must have changed their mind about the mounting system at some point.

Also, mine definitely did not use any sealant from the factory; the was no residue other than tape and a pair of rubber stand offs that had adhesive on both sides. No sealant residue whatsoever.
My wife likes the look without the spoiler... If I can remove that residual sealant/primer off the paint, I may see how I like it without the spoiler.
I'll probably put it back on (after a while), as it changes the rear of the car dramatically and was one of the main things I liked about this S60 over the other ones I saw for sale.
 

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My wife likes the look without the spoiler... If I can remove that residual sealant/primer off the paint, I may see how I like it without the spoiler.
I'll probably put it back on (after a while), as it changes the rear of the car dramatically and was one of the main things I liked about this S60 over the other ones I saw for sale.
I feel the same as you; without the spoiler the rear looks just a bit too truncated for me.
 

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I feel the same as you; without the spoiler the rear looks just a bit too truncated for me.
I'm with both of you. I paid $250 for that piece of painted plastic... but it was worth it in the end.
 

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I'm with both of you. I paid $250 for that piece of painted plastic... but it was worth it in the end.
Side note... just found a 2014 Virtual Cluster for $80. I have a 2013, so I think I'll need VDASH/Vehicle CEM cracked before it'll even illuminate the center display when installed.
That's a great DIY article too... thanks p.rico
 
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