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Choosing the correct adhesive

A guide to choosing the correct adhesive for the job

When it comes to performing a large number of repairs and maintenance work, adhesives will often prove essential for both commercial purposes, as well as those doing repairs around the home. However, the large number of varieties available can seem daunting and confusing. To ensure you are clued up on the differences between each type, here's a guide to choosing the right adhesive for the job.

Grab Adhesives:
These are used to fix mouldings and skirting boards together and serve as a great alternative to nails or screws.

Filler adhesives:
These are used to fill gaps in masonry, plaster, wood and stone.

Polyvinyl Adhesive:
PVAs can be used on a large number of applications and are great because they’re waterproof as well, so can be used in outside areas. There are a range of different formulas available and they are transparent once they dry, meaning they leave little or no marks on wood or other materials.

Glues:
Super glue is most commonly used for household needs and is used on a wide variety of materials. Though, as the name suggests, it is incredibly sticky and is thus harmful to touch.

Rubber-based contact adhesives:
These are used to glue plaster to man-made boards or for glueing wood to synthetic laminates.

Flooring Adhesives:
These are, as the name suggests, used to stick floors to floor coverings.

Epoxy resin Adhesives:
These resins are fantastic for use in outdoor or damp areas and are used to glue a wide range of materials together. This includes wood, glass, ceramic, stone, metal and rigid plastics.

Tile and coving Adhesives:
Again, as the name suggests, these are used to fill the gaps between floor and ceiling tiles and allow for a certain amount of naturally occurring movement without cracking.

Final notes:

Before sticking any materials together you should always ensure that each surface is completely dry, clean and dust free. Otherwise, they will not stick properly or evenly and the bond will be severely compromised. Also, as you can imagine, they do not stick immediately, and in cold environments, the bond can take even longer to become secure. As such, it is often a good idea to clamp the two materials together for a while to enable them to properly stick. We have a wide number of adhesives available for sale on our website, www.aceworkgear.com/sealants-adhesives . Be sure to properly read the manufacturer guidelines on every product before purchasing and using.

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