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

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

  1. A clear, succinct how-to video. I may have to attach my first GoPro sticky mount in the near future. So this was timely for me.

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  3. As it might seem simple, I made sure to look up how to attach it anyhow. So I came across this video which explains perfectly on how to do it. Great tip on how to keep pressure on the attachment. Thanks for the video.

  4. I used the alcohol and water mixture on my black smith snowboard helmet and it managed to fade the black….Howd that not happen on yours?

  5. a good alternative to the alcohol mix is a window cleaner. should do the job just the same and not leave any marks if people are experiencing that!

  6. Thank you for such a great video i ride a motorcycle capable of 70+mph, I as maybe may other bikers would like to know, with the sticky pad is it sufficient enough to withstand high wind, rain and high speed 
    Many thanks in advance 
    pianoplayer1600

  7. I lost my gopro hero3+ black that was brand new at the time because i didnt properly wipe my helmet, was a shame :/ . I have learned though and now have them sticking properly!

  8. Since I am going to be applying my adhesive to a helmet that I am hiring, I am going to be doing this abroad. I have 2 questions, 1 will nail polish remover work well enough instead of the alcohol, and 2 what is the best way to remove them as I don't want to return the helmet with something attach to it? Thanks

  9. Hey ! great video. Maybe you can help. How would I add the Anti-vibration Locking Plug to a helmet mount with that curved extended part in the way? Any ideas?

  10. Hey, helpful video, but I have a question.
    Can I use tea-tree oil instead of isopropyl alcohol to clean the surface, will it work the same?

  11. I'm just about to do this to my ski helmet. I would do front and centre but I still want to be able to get my goggles up quickly. Does your camera get in the way of your goggles where you mounted it?

  12. I'm going to buy the adhesive mounts, but instead of applying them to a helmet, I'm going to apply the flat surface adhesive to the holister case that comes with a otter box defender case, and while using the GoPro capture app, attach it to the back of my phone, and use it as a more traditional camera. The best part is that the actual mount is so small, when the GoPro isn't mounted it's not that noticeable or out of place, and it's so quick to switch from mounted to not mounted.

  13. if anyone still reads the comments, seths bike channel shows you to warm up or melt the 3m and it will never separate from the helmet. good luck getting it off

  14. Except the GoPro lens is not in the centre of the camera anyway so you need to adjust it in post regardless…..

  15. Is there a non-adhesive alternative, for attaching to higher-grade professional helmets, eg mountaineering or motorbike helmets?

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