Ask Yourself These Questions When You’re in a Sticky Situation
We streamlined our Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) offerings to help you make sense of the wide variety of PSAs available. To assist you in determining the right adhesive, here is a quick guideline arranged by construction of the products, adhesive type, and service grade.
Do I need Acrylic or Rubber or Butyl?
Rubber based adhesives are appropriate for shorter-term, general-purpose applications where chemical, temperature and UV resistance are not a concern, and cost is a key driver. Rubber adhesives provide a high initial tack.
Acrylic based adhesives are designed for long term bonding applications where chemical, temperature, and UV resistance are required. Acrylic adhesives will have a lower initial bond that will strengthen over time.
Butyl based adhesives have excellent low temperature flexibility, and very high UV and moisture resistance. They are suitable for long-term outdoor applications
Do I need Double coated tape or Transfer tape?
Double coated tapes have a carrier coated on both sides with adhesive. The carrier stabilizes the adhesive for improved handling and adds thickness. Some specialized double coated tapes have different adhesives on either side (differential double coated tapes).
Transfer tapes are constructed with a single layer of adhesive without a carrier, although some are reinforced with scrim. They are appropriate in applications with irregular surfaces or situations which require flexibility and stretching.
What Service Grade Do I Need?
Value – economical options for cost driven applications
Mid-grade – provides good bond with reasonable costs, generally heavier adhesive coat weights and/or thicker release liners
Performance – Aggressive bond on a wide variety of surfaces in more challenging applications
Here is a list of our stock PSAs. Customers have the option to order full adhesive rolls, narrow width tapes, or applied to foam sheets/rolls:
|Product name||Adhesive type||
|Grade||Liner||Service Temp||Available Location|
54” Elkhart, Wurtland
49.5” Elkhart, Atlanta, Ontario
|PSA-FT8302||Value||N/A||175 F||60” Elkhart, Wurtland|
|PSA-IB1183XT||Midgrade||80#||180 F||60” Elkhart, LaPorte, Wurtland|
|PSA-IB1175XTL12||Performance||12pt||180 F||54”, Elkhart, Silao|
54” Elkhart, LaPorte, Wurtland, Silao
60” Elkhart, LaPorte
|PSA-L2DCP||Midgrade||83#||250 F||54” Elkhart, Wurtland, Atlanta|
|PSA-93020LE||Performance||58#||300 F||54” Elkhart, Wurtland|
|Value||74#||200 F||54” Elkhart|
|PSA-9775WL||Midgrade||96#||250 F||54” Elkhart, Atlanta, Silao|
|PSA-950||Performance||60#||250 F||48” Elkhart, LaPorte, Wurtland, Atlanta, Silao|
|PSA-ADMUC||Butyl||Performance||Paper||N/A||47” Elhart, Silao|
(Custom PSAs are available to order for specific applications subject to minimum order quantities)
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