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Offline ultane

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Almost all of my various tracks have the splinter guard strips falling off, especially in warm weather. I replaced one of them with a new Festool strip. But then others started to fall off. I was told that I could use double sided tape to replace them. But the residue on the strip, and on the metal is contaminated with dust.

I’m a little short on money, and would like to not buy more of the Festool splinter guards, as they don’t hold up, especially in the heat. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean the sticky glue off the parts without ruining the soft splinter guard, and what kind or brand of double sided tape to use?


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Re: Splinter guard strips on metal tracks repeatedly falling off
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2018, 02:03 PM »
Here is what I do.
http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-how-to/rail-splinter-guard-fix/msg527319/#msg527319

 Great idea - I like that. What I have been doing when the guards fall off or need to be re-cut is wipe the rail down with acetone and apply 3M Spray Adhesive, works quite well.
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Offline Svar

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Re: Splinter guard strips on metal tracks repeatedly falling off
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2018, 02:19 PM »
Here is what I do.
http://festoolownersgroup.com/festool-how-to/rail-splinter-guard-fix/msg527319/#msg527319

 Great idea - I like that. What I have been doing when the guards fall off or need to be re-cut is wipe the rail down with acetone and apply 3M Spray Adhesive, works quite well.

Note that my approach only works if peel off starts at the ends. If not, re-gluing is the only option.

Offline Claimdude

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Re: Splinter guard strips on metal tracks repeatedly falling off
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 03:42 PM »
I have used Makita splinter strips with great success. I take off the loose Festool strip nd replace with the Makita strip (the Makita strips are black like the Festool strips used to be).

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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Splinter guard strips on metal tracks repeatedly falling off
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2018, 03:53 PM »
As mentioned acetone to clean off. Then Tom offered up this alternative double stick adhesive for the strips. Also a good time to turn the strip around and extend it a tiny bit so it gets cut off again, creating a clean new edge as a cutting guide.
https://www.amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Mounting-Tape-5-Inch-13-8-Yard/dp/B00002N8T6/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1529092197&sr=1-1&keywords=3M+Indoor+Window+Film+Mounting+Tape.5-Inch+x+13.8-Yard%2C+Clear%2C+1+Roll%2FPack

How you care for your rail is very important. NEVER let the weight of the rail rest on the edge of the splinter strip, especially for storage. I also nip the corners of the splinter strip as they are not used since the saw never cuts at the absolute edge.
Edit: I do have a long rail though and very rarely attach them together.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2018, 03:55 PM by Peter_C »

Offline Corwin

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Re: Splinter guard strips on metal tracks repeatedly falling off
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2018, 04:32 PM »
All of my guide rails are older with the black splinter strips, and I have yet to have any issue with them -- even after a dozen years. Festool really needs to return to the old strip material.
Looks like your rabbit joint is a hare off! ;)

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Re: Splinter guard strips on metal tracks repeatedly falling off
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2018, 06:20 PM »
Festool now has an association with 3M on the body shop end.  Perhaps the knowledge base available to them thru probably the largest manufacturer of tape adhesives can solve this issue.  And yes Fstool it is an issue.  Stop worrying about repositioning - rarely does anyone do that.  They just want the strip to stick.

I have resorted to using contact cement to apply my strips.

Peter