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What is contact adhesive?

What is contact adhesive?

Posted on 13 March, 2023

Contact adhesive, also known as contact cement, is a special type of adhesive which is rubber based. The adhesive is typically composed of either natural or synthetic rubber such as polychloroprene.

Once a surface is in contact with another substrate which has contact adhesive applied on it, the bonding is permanent, unlike a removable adhesive.

Contact adhesives are highly common in the woodworking and carpentry industry. Carpenters use contact adhesives to bond laminate to various wooden surfaces.

It can also be used to assemble furniture, the tops to counters, or even panels.

Contact adhesive isn’t restricted to carpenters though, anyone can use contact adhesives for a DIY project.

The benefits of using contact adhesive

Some of the benefits of using a contact adhesive include:

  • Strong bonding: Contact adhesives form an extremely strong and durable bond between two surfaces. Once the adhesive is applied and the surfaces are pressed together, they are unlikely to come apart.
  • Versatility: Contact adhesive can be used on a wide variety of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, and leather. It is particularly useful for bonding materials that are difficult to join with other types of adhesives.
  • Timesaving: Contact adhesive dries quickly, so you can move on to the next step of your DIY project without waiting for the adhesive to dry. This can save a significant amount of time, particularly if you are working on a large project.
  • Easy to use: Contact adhesive is generally easy to apply and does not require any special tools or equipment. Simply apply the adhesive to both surfaces, wait a few minutes for it to dry, and then press the surfaces together.
  • Water-resistant: Many types of contact adhesive are water-resistant, making them ideal for use in areas that are likely to be exposed to moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Clean and easy application: Contact adhesive can be applied without creating a mess. Unlike other types of adhesives, contact adhesive doesn't require spreading or clamping, which can create excess adhesive and be messy.

Our product range

At BC Profiles, we sell the following types of contact adhesives from various, reputable brands:

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