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Ask Yourself the Right Questions
To help narrow your search for the proper adhesive, try answering these three basic questions first:
1. What type of surface do I want to bond to?
Will you be bonding to glass, polyester, steel, or wood? Perhaps even foam or rubber? The features of these surfaces will guide you to the appropriate adhesive. Smooth vs. rough, curved vs. flat, dry vs. moist.
2. What material do I want to bond with?
The substrate, or material, is another important factor. The adhesive may need to be strong enough to hold a metal nameplate, or perhaps stick to a plastic that needs laminating. The function of your label plays a key role as well. Does the label need permanent positioning or will removability be required?
3. What are the conditions the bond must withstand?
Understanding the end-use of the label is critical to knowing how much specialty is needed. Typical indoor applications may be easily solved by most general adhesives, but what about exposure to outdoor conditions? A specialty adhesive may be more appropriate. Extreme temperatures, weather, sunlight, grime, chemicals, and water are all external conditions to consider when labeling your surfaces.
Meet the Adhesive Families
Pressure-sensitive adhesives are generally grouped into three families based on their chemical makeup. Acrylic, rubber, and silicone comprise the liquid glues that are used on our products. Knowing the benefits and trade-offs one type has over another can offer insight into your own labeling needs.
|Initial Bond Time||Fast||Moderate||Slow|
|Variety of Surfaces||Most||Many||Specialized|
|Common Application||Typical Indoor||Outdoor||Extreme Conditions|
|Temperature Resistance||< 300°F||< 400°F||< 600°F|