Options in Adhesives and Gluing Equipment Adhesives are created by manufacturers and sold by distributors for a wide range of uses. Your choice of adhesive, whether epoxy, resin or silicate, depends on the chemical makeup of the glue, the surface you are bonding and the load carrying capacity of the solvent. In addition to choosing the right type of glue, it is also important to select the best applicator equipment to ensure your clear adhesive goes on smoothly to provide a good, strong base for your project.
Adhesives fall into two basic categories: hot melt and cold glue. Under this general classification, you can choose from a host of adhesives, all manufactured for different purposes. For example, structural adhesives include epoxy and acrylics. These industrial-strength sealants are particularly effective at sticking polymers in structural applications. Pressure sensitive adhesives come in a variety of forms, including film, liquid and paste. These adhesives can be rolled or supported on mat scrim cloth to provide thickness control. Pressure sensitive adhesives also come as double sided tape that can be applied by a machine for non-structural applications.
Hot melt adhesives begin with a solid base, but become liquid shields when the glue is heated. A variety of equipment can be used to apply hot melt adhesives, depending on what the glue will be used for. Hot melt adhesives come in stick or pellet form, to make it easier to get the right veneer for any project. Some of the hot melt mixes are removable, while others are considered permanent. The right lubricant and sealant can finish the job, ensuring that whatever type of epoxy, resin or silicate you choose, the chemicals will provide the finishing coat that you are looking for.