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Best Velcro for Pedalboards

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by whoatherechunk, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    I have read that the velcro supplied with the Pedaltrain is useless so I guess I'm not going to use that. I have heard that the 3M Dual Lock is the best out there. True?

    And yes....I did search....but I didn't get a velcro specific thread.
  2. LowG

    LowG Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    I like regular velcro brand velcro. You can get a pack of about 15 feet or so at Home Depot. The sticky side holds quite nicely as does the velcro side.
    3M dual lock is cool too.
  3. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    any reason why regular velcro brand> 3M dual lock for you?
  4. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    My brother gets this stuff from the Harley shop that's rediculous. Just lightly nestle it, and the only way to remove it is to quite firmly jam a screwdriver between the pieces.

    I dunno: it's TOO good.

  5. Not sure what Pedaltrain uses, nor what prompted the writer to call their Velcro useless. Keep in mind that this IS the Internet & you can find EVERY possible opinion.

    I've a DIY board where I rummer-cemented fabric store standard velcro (carpet side) to bare plywood. The board goes into a metal briefcase that then gets bounced around by whoever's loading & unloading gear (weekend warrior bar band). Nothing's come loose yet; don't think it's going to. I'm sure it's had some tumbles I'm happier to not have witnessed.
  6. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    joe p: true....i've just read that the stock velcro sucks....so i'm just looking for opinions. thanks for the advice.
  7. afroman

    afroman Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
  8. 5stringwonder


    Sep 24, 2006
    3M Dual Lock definitely...
  9. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    dual lock wasnt at home depot so i just got industrial strength velcro :D
  10. DaveLS


    Sep 5, 2008
  11. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    I don't know, I kind of like the stock velcro. It's a bit annoying that the adhesive on the back isn't stronger (sometimes pulling a pedal off will pull the velcro of the Pedaltrain) but I wouldn't want anything stronger for the velcro itself.

    I could see if you knew exactly how you wanted your board and weren't going to change it. But I move stuff around all the time and don't want to have to pull against industrial strength velcro every time I changed my signal chain.
  12. The heavy duty branded Velcro like this is more than you'll ever need (you can buy it at Homebase, UK peeps):


    The glue on that will last forever and the hook/loop is strong enough to hold a raging bull.

    But the stuff that comes with the Pedaltrain is fine, I prefer it because it does the job and it's easier to pull apart than the heavy duty stuff. However, the adhesive is starting to come away VERY slightly from the board runners at the edges.

    Also, I don't recommend covering the entire pedal in velcro, especially when using the industrial stuff. Makes it much harder to pry off! Little strips are the way forward...
  13. LowG

    LowG Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    Only 'cause that's what was at the store. I've come across dual lock in other places in my life and just figured that it would work well too.

    I've had no problems with the adhesive or the hook-loop strength on regular velcro.
  14. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    The heavy duty velcro works fine for most applications and is much easier to work with if you change pedals frequently. Dual lock is stronger but not readily available local home improvement or hardware stores anymore. Dual lock is also available in 3 or 4 different strengths which most people don't know. They usually order the strongest possible (700 stems per square inch if I'm not mistaken) which is completely overkill for holding pedals unless you're touring with primitive apes for roadies.