How to Properly Apply GoPro Adhesive Mounts to Helmet (& Other Surfaces) | GoPro Tips & Tricks

GoPro’s adhesive mounts are arguably the most
versatile option for mounting your GoPro to most surfaces that more conventional mounts
can’t handle. Follow these very simple steps for optimal attachment and your mount will
be able to stand up to the most extreme environments. I’ll be demonstrating the process on my brand
new Smith Vantage helmet, but the same steps apply to any surface you plan on attaching
to. You will need a few things; a flat or curved
GoPro adhesive mount (depending on how flat or curved your surface is), the GoPro quick
release buckle and white rubber anti-vibration locking plug, some isopropyl rubbing alcohol
(available in any pharmacy or convenience store), measuring tape and a pencil (for finding
and marking the center line) and some sort of clamping tool. The first step, is to determine where you
want to attach the adhesive mount. The options on a helmet are endless, but some recommended
points are front and center, top center or on one of the sides. I’m going to be mounting mine front and center,
so I can capture forward-facing point of view footage, as well as self portrait type footage.
At this point, you need to decide whether to use a flat or curved adhesive mount. Taking
into account the curve of the helmet – it looks like the curved one will work best in
this situation. I want my GoPro to be perfectly centered to
minimize adjustments in post production, so I need to find a center line to follow. To
do this, find two symmetrical points that are equally spaced apart (in this case the
two front vents). Measure the distance between the points, and make a mark exactly half way
between them. Always, make sure to double check your work to avoid a crooked mount.
Now that we have our first point, we need to make another one to get a straight line.
Find another two symmetrical points (in this case the two vents that are on top of the
helmet), and make another mark. Now use the tape measure or other straight edge to connect
the two lines – this is your center line. The GoPro adhesive mounts use 3M VHB adhesive
tape, and 3M has a pretty long instruction manual on proper surface preparation. To put
it simply, the surface must be completely clean and free of any dirts or oils. For most
applications, they recommend using a 50:50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water. Mix
these two together, apply it to some sort of cloth or towel and rub the surface to prep
it for adhesion. You might rub off some of your center line in the process, but that’s
why I made it longer than I needed. Now grab your adhesive mount, peel off its
backing and slowly apply it while aligning its’ center with your center line. Once you
are happy with its’ placement, apply as much pressure as you can with your hands. The strength of the bond takes up to 72 hours
to reach 100% of its potential, and maintaining pressure on it will aid that process. So for
optimal adhesion, you can use some c-clamps, spring clamps or some sort of other clamp
to sustain pressure on it for an extended period of time. This step is not absolutely
necessary, but I like to take all the precautions possible when it comes to these pricey little
cameras. If this video helped you avoid a sticky situation
with your adhesive GoPro mounts, give me a thumbs up, share it with your friends and
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