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Adhesive Types

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Solvent-based and Chemical Adhesives


Description

Surfaces which have been painted or varnished, or materials such as plastics which are not porous, do not glue well with water-based glues and pastes. In these situations, a solvent-based or other adhesive which is set by a chemical reaction might be appropriate.


Safety Point! Take great care with solvent-based adhesives. They can be flammable and their fumes can cause harm. They are difficult to remove and some will stick skin together.


Features and Applications

Multi-part Adhesives, such as ‘Araldite’ epoxy resin, are very good for binding non-porous materials such as plastics, ceramics, glass and metals. Epoxy resins are used to bind parts of aircraft together!

Contact Adhesives (aka Impact Adhesive), such as ‘Evostick’ or ‘Thixofix’, are good at bonding two surfaces together such as when applying a plastic Laminate to a worksurface. The two surfaces are first coated with adhesive then left to dry for 10mins after which they will bond together almost instantaneously.

Balsa Cement is designed for use when modelling with balsa wood but in most circumstances PVA wood glue will suffice.

Cyanoacrylate adhesives, or ‘super glue’, will bond almost any material instantly - including skin so great care must be taken. Acetone, readily available as nail varnish remover, can be used to soften it once cured, if need be.

‘Copydex’ is a latex-based adhesive which is relatively non-toxic and safe to use. It is used mainly for gluing fabrics and textiles together.


DT Online Buyers' Guide
Araldite 15ml Extra Strong Rapid Adhesive in Tube Pack Araldite 15ml Extra Strong Precision Adhesive in Tube Pack Loctite Super Glue Easy Brush Evo Stik 250ml Impact Multi-Purpose Instant Contact Adhesive in Tin 348103 Copydex Bottle Adhesive - 125 ml [Energy Class A] Humbrol 24ml Balsa Cement (Tube) UniBond No More Nails Original Tube - 200 ml SprayMount Adhesive Spray - 400 ml, Transparent 3M CraftMount YP208060159 Spray Permanent Adhesive - 200 ml
Araldite 15ml Extra Strong Rapid Adhesive in Tube Pack Araldite 15ml Extra Strong Precision Adhesive in Tube Pack Loctite Super Glue Easy Brush Evo Stik 250ml Impact Multi-Purpose Instant Contact Adhesive in Tin 348103 Copydex Bottle Adhesive - 125 ml [Energy Class A] Humbrol 24ml Balsa Cement (Tube) UniBond No More Nails Original Tube - 200 ml SprayMount Adhesive Spray - 400 ml, Transparent 3M CraftMount YP208060159 Spray Permanent Adhesive - 200 ml