Adhesive Selection

Adhesive selection involves the following considerations:

  1. Substrates:  What are you trying to bond?  Are the surfaces the same or dissimilar, porous or smooth?  Are you covering a large area? Do you have heat or solvent sensitive surfaces?

  2. Application restrictions: How do you intend to apply the adhesive- examples: spray, roll, heat gun, cartridge, squeeze bottle?  

  3. Use Requirements: How does the bonded piece get used? How much strength is required? For example, bonding wood requires much more strength than decorative paper crafts do.   What kind of environments might it see?  Will it experience temperature extremes or water/steam?

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(May 2014 Edition)