Contact Adhesive

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Make your connections stronger and longer-lasting with contact adhesives. These fast-drying glues are designed to be applied onto one or both surfaces that need to be joined, providing a secure bond between them. You can use these for an array of surfaces such as metal or plastic. Check out our selection of high-strength adhesives from top brands and discover reputable products such as Evo Stik Impact Adhesive. 

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What Is Contact Adhesive?

Contact adhesive/contact glue is a multipurpose adhesive that is applied to two surfaces and left to dry slightly before bringing the surfaces together. It is ideal for bonding large surface areas and a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. 

Contact adhesives also offer excellent heat and moisture resistance and are commonly used in the construction of countertops and furniture.

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Evo Stick Impact Adhesive

EVO-STIK Impact Adhesive is a fast and powerful adhesive that easily bonds surfaces upon contact - no additional clamping or pressure is needed, it simply bonds instantly.

EVO-STIK Impact Adhesive offers the unparalleled ability to link a vast range of materials, it can even be used to fix non-porous surfaces together including metal to metal. 

Contact Adhesive Applications

Contact adhesive is the ideal adhesive for a host of different applications and materials. 

Suitable materials include: 

  • Glass
  • Mirrors
  • Ceramics
  • Laminate/Decorative Laminates 
  • Leather
  • Fabric
  • Rubber
  • Plastics - including Rigid Plastics
  • Wood
  • Rigid PVC
  • Carpet tiles
  • Concrete
  • Stone
  • Metal

Contact Adhesive Key Features

  • Bonds surfaces on contact - no need for clamping or pressure 
  • Ideal for all your DIY tasks and household repairs/emergency repairs
  • Bonds most materials and surfaces, including glass and metals
  • Easy to apply
  • Resistant to heat and moisture 
  • High adhesive capacity 

Bonding Two Surfaces With Contact Adhesive

No matter whether you're bonding wood or metal, before bonding, it's essential that you ensure sure both materials are clean and dry. 

Use a brush or serrated spreader to apply one surface coat of contact adhesive on each side that is to be bonded. 

After that's been done, allow the solvent to evaporate completely prior to joining them together.

Frequently Asked Contact Adhesive Questions

How Strong Is The Bond Created By Contact Adhesives? 

The bond created by contact adhesives is very strong and durable. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures, as well as moisture and humidity. Once the bond is formed, it is permanent and cannot be easily undone.

How Long Does It Take For Contact Adhesives To Dry? 

The drying time for contact adhesives can vary depending on the type of adhesive and the materials being bonded. In general, it takes between 10 to 30 minutes for the adhesive to dry and become tacky, and another 24 hours for the bond to reach its full strength.

What Are Solvent-Based Adhesives?

A solvent-based adhesive is a type of adhesive that uses a solvent as a carrier for the adhesive's active ingredients. 

One of the main advantages of solvent-based adhesives is their ability to bond with a wide range of materials, including plastics, metals, and wood. They also offer excellent initial bond strength and are resistant to water and heat. 

Solvent-based adhesives are far more temperature stable than solvent-free alternatives, making them suitable for even the coldest environments. On top of that, they tend to better withstand weathering conditions as well - a great benefit if you need your glue to stay strong no matter what Mother Nature throws at it!

What Are Adhesion Promoters?

Adhesion promoters (APs) are bi-functional substances that enhance the bonding strength between a coating and its substrate. 

These materials, also known as "coupling agents," can be applied in thin film thicknesses rather than as an actual coat as priming systems do. The efficacy of APs depends on the adhesive being used and the type of surface it is adhering to.

How Do Water-Based Adhesives Differ From Solvent-Based Adhesives? 

Two types of adhesive formulations dominate chemical bonding adhesive technology: solvent-based and water-based adhesives. The former is a series of viscous, potentially toxic compounds; the latter offers an effective yet safe alternative for surface joining operations.

Solvent-based adhesives have some drawbacks in comparison to water-based adhesives. The solvents used in these adhesives can be hazardous to human health (namely skin irritation/eye irritation) and the environment, and the fumes they produce can be flammable and explosive. 

The use of solvent-based adhesives may also require additional safety precautions, such as the use of protective equipment and adequate ventilation. 

The water-based adhesive solution is not flawless either. Weathering can cause deterioration of the formula when temperatures swing too high or low; however, it is easy to clean up and wipe away - something that cannot be said for a solvent carrier. 

What Types of Failure Can Occur Within An Adhesive Joint?

An adhesive failure occurs when the cementing force between the surface and bonding agent fails. By contrast, a cohesive failure refers to an internal breakdown within the bulk layer of adhesion itself.

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