best adhesive glue for spoilers and bodykits

5 Best Glues for Car Parts 2019

For installing car spoilers, bumpers or body kits to your vehicle, you will need strong adhesive to ensure that it is securely stuck to the car. Both the interior and exterior require certain types of glue for car parts.

The best glue for plastic car parts is Tiger Seal U-Pol Adhesive that comes in an easy to use tube for accurate application.

The adhesive does not have to be in the form of glue from a tube because it is possible to use double sided tape for car trims too. Choosing between the type is highly dependent upon the nature of the part being installed to the vehicle.

Best Plastic Glue For Cars

Car GlueTypeWaterproof
Tiger SealTubeYes
3M 03614Double Sided TapeYes
3M 38808 HeadlinerAerosol SprayNo
Amazing GOOPSmallYes
J-B Weld 50139SmallYes

For gluing car plastic trims, a strong glue that is easy to use is essential. Trims such as clips, buttons and others are easily broken and adhesive is an efficient method of fixing it.

There are many car adhesives that can be used on both interiors and exteriors but not all are waterproof. On top of this, another factor to look out for is how easy it would be to remove the adhesive in case you need to remove the car part.

Sticking car parts with glue needs to be secure with no movement when it is fully bonded. Below is a list of the best glues for plastic car parts that are easy to apply.

Tiger Seal U-Pol Adhesive

Tiger Seal U-Pol Adhesive Sealant ReviewTiger Seal has been a popular adhesive in the UK for many years and increasing in the US. It is one of the strongest adhesive glues that permanently seals plastic trims, body kits and more to any surface. As well as being fully waterproof, it also provides a printable surface once completely cured.

Once the Tiger Seal has been opened, the top of the exit tube becomes solid and very difficult to clear. It is advised to stick a thick long nail down the tube. Another form of advice, is to wear gloves and do not get it on anything else apart from your work area because this product is extremely difficult to remove.

Overall, the Tiger Seal Adhesive is the best glue for plastic car parts and will ensure that it is permanently stuck to the car.

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3M 03614 Double Sided Tape

3M are a worldwide popular brand for detailing and bodywork automotive products. Their double sided adhesive tape is an alternative to the glue form that provides just as much strength.

The advantage of using tape adhesive instead of glue is that its easier to use, no mess/residue and the ability to cut to size so that there is no waste. 3M claim that their double sided tape uses the same technology used upon airplanes and skyscrapers. Therefore attaching plastic trim and body kits to your car should be a walk in the park.

The 3M super strength molding tape has been designed specifically for the automotive market. The use of this tape ensures an easier method of installing and repairing interior and exterior car parts. The adhesive tape forms a strong bond instantly without the use of any tools.

To apply the tape, all that is needed is for you to cut it to the specified length, remove the liner to expose the adhesive and finally hold in place firmly.

Tiger Seal doesn’t really allow for removing a plastic car part at a later date because its permanently in place. When removing the 3M tape, there is no damage to the paintwork or glue stains, which other cheaper products may leave. Overall, it is the best double sided tape for car parts that need to be removed at a later date.

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3M 38808 Headliner Glue

Another 3M Adhesive but this is more directed at those looking for fabric and headliner additions. The aerosol spray is able to evenly cover any surfaces but its recommended for headliners and carpet.

When using the 3M 38808 adhesive spray, allow the formula to dry, which is usually between 30 to 60 minutes. The glue for car headliners needs to be strong enough to hold the headliner itself and cover the whole surface. The Aerosol spray can does an excellent job at this unlike the cheaper alternatives.

Overall, there is no match in terms of performance, it is the best glue for car headliners and other interior fabrics that require sticking.

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Amazing GOOP 160012 Car Glue

Goop isn’t a large brand by any means but their adhesive glue that is specific to automotive parts is excellent. For repairing tears in car seats to repairing a convertible cloth roof, this product is strong and flexible for the best result.

Even when exposed to high temperatures and UV light, the GOOP glue remains strong and resists cracking. GOOP  is relatively cheap for those small jobs that need doing. The glue itself can become quite messy but using a glove and a small thin applicator makes it easier to use.

Overall, it is the best cheap car glue for plastic trims that requires more sticking down to the car. The small container also makes getting into the smaller gaps much easier than the alternatives.

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J-B Weld 50139 Plastic Bonder

Many people may require a fast action glue that bonds a car plastic trim to the cars metals completely in a matter of minutes. The J-B Weld 50139 will do this in approximately 15 minutes with their high strength adhesive.

The small and easy to use container makes gluing plastic car trims much easier than the larger alternatives. However, for large parts such as spoilers and headliners, this would not be the adhesive of choice.

Overall, it is the best glue for fast bonding and works great for small parts such as buttons, clips and other plastic trims.

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Plastic Car Glue Buying Guide

From broken clips to buttons, having glue for car plastic trims readily available to you can save the day. Domestic glues are not up to the job of withstanding the punishment and environmental factors that a car will go through. Specialized adhesives provide a stronger bond that is designed for automotive use.

There is a wide range of car glues available but the before you part with your money, consider the factors below and whether the recommended car adhesives are the answer to your problems.

Best Way to Remove Adhesive From Car

The result of removing car parts such as spoilers, plastic trims and body kits is the residue left behind. Avoid picking the residue with your finger nails or over washing the area because this will cause damage to your paintwork. Instead, use Goo Gone Safe Adhesive Remover that removes all signs of grease and adhesive residue.

The Adhesive remover is safe to use on plastics, wood, metal, carpet and more. When using adhesive, its very easy to get it on surfaces that were not intended for. I have multiple bottles of Goo Gone and mostly use it when debadging a car or removing emblems.

Usage of Car Glue

Glue for plastic car trims can come in a range of types that are designed for specific jobs. For example, glue for car headliners are normally in the form of an aerosol whereas spoilers require a thicker and stronger adhesive from a tube.

Ensure that the car glue you choose is up to the job of efficiently sticking plastic trim to your car. The wrong glue can become a nightmare to apply correctly or remove when you need to take the part off.

What Are Your Thoughts?

  1. Great info. Thank you.

    Have additional question.

    I have a lease car. Want to glue small item to the roof- to stay put and last thru car wash- but need to be able to remove it in a few years w/o damage to car. Advice? Thank you.

  2. Hi Nancy,

    Leasing a car is always risky when doing modifications but if it is something that you really want to do, then I would go for it. With regards to glue on the roof, you can simply use a car polisher machine to remove any excess residue that is left behind.

    If you cannot do this yourself, any professional detailer will be able to do this for you.

    However, do take care when applying the glue. Personally I wouldn’t do it to a lease car but that is just me!

  3. I need to glue my inside drivers door handle in my vw beetle. What’s would be the best glue to Use?

  4. The rubber seal beneath the drivers door on my Ford C Max has come away. Any suggestions as to the best adhesive to use. Thank you.

  5. Hi Ron – The Tiger Seal would be ideal for a job like this. Ensure that you use thin portions because it could get messy otherwise!

  6. Hi Dan,

    I need to glue a plastic (PP) / aluminum gas pedal cover on a Subaru Forester. What would be the best product to use? The 3M doubles sided, considering that at some point it would be necessary to change the pedal cover again? Or the Tiger one, if I assume that such a pedal cover will last for at least a decade. Thanks so much for your guidance.

  7. Hey Erwin – Realistically, do you think you will be changing the pedal again? I would go for the 3M double sided tape if you do intend on removing the pedal again. Trying to remove something that has been stuck on with the Tiger alternative takes a serious amount of effort (Trust me, I have been there!). Hope this helps!

  8. The side skirts on my Fiat 500 Abarth were removed by a body shop and I need to reinstall them. The residue left behind is difficult to remove. They fit as is. What would be the best adhesive to permanently bond them to the body of the car?

  9. Hi Ken – Funnily enough, I was in a similar situation. Whilst having a rear arch painted on an AMG Mercedes, they accidentally tore the side skirts clips. However, a few blobs of the Tiger Seal did the job of holding it to the car. 2 years on and it is still rock solid! The main picture of this article (my classic Mercedes) was also bonded permanently with this stuff too.

  10. The door card on my Astra H has started to come apart, I need to take it off and put it back together. Tried a hot glue gun already and it’s comes apart. I need to remove the glue and try something else, I would like to try the tape as I imagine is not as messy and quicker to bond. What would you recommend? Thank you.

  11. Hi Samy – Do you mean the door card is falling away from the door itself or just falling apart from itself? If it is falling from the door, I would try and fix the clips beforehand because if its glued on, it would be very difficult to remove. For example, you may need to replace the window regulator, which requires taking off the door card. If the door card is falling away from itself, the double sided tape would be a great option. The Tiger Seal is the strongest but you may need to use a lot of it for a full door card, which may give off a chemical scent.

  12. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee that I bought wireless logos. The adhesive attached does not really stick to the car door. What is the best adhesive to use? I also may want to remove it in the future.


  13. Dan

    The plastic wheel well molding has come loose at the end of its run on my Grand Cherokee Summit. It was originally attached with tape. It sticks out from the fender about 1/8 inch like it has a memory, I can push it in with a couple of pounds of pressure. Grass has just enough room to get stuck in it (offroad). Hope this makes sense. Look forward to your recommendation!

  14. Hey Lewis – For this, I would definitely go with the Tiger Seal! Its sticks like nothing else and I have used it on my 4×4 for the exact same thing but a different car. Hope this helps.

  15. Hi, my bumper slightly came off on the right side. Basically a piece chipped off. I can easily just push it back in but it keeps coming back out. A very small repair. I have a Nissan Sentra 2010, What glue would you recommend for me to get to just have the bumper stick? Its a preowned used car! I have no intentions of fixing my whole bumper or spending so much money for a small fix! Please let me know!!

    Greatly Appreciate it!

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