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Adhesives are playing a larger role in automotive manufacturing. Where in years gone by, they were used to fix broken parts and get the vehicle back and working, nowadays they do that and the structural bonding of windscreens and panels during the vehicle manufacturing process. Their high strength and sealant abilities have the high performance and sustainability required to work in hot and cold temperatures as well as the vibrations and jarring experienced while travelling on all sorts of roads.
What are the different types of Adhesives?
Contact Adhesive - Used a lot in motor trimming for sticking down head linings, carpet, vinyl and leather interior trims.
Epoxy Adhesive - A 2 part mix that when blended together forms a very strong bond. There are general ones that glue a variety of surfaces together or more specialised versions for plastics or tank repairs. Some dry clear, some can take high heat and others have a shortened curing time so the item can be put back into service more quickly.
Epoxy Putty - Similar to the epoxy adhesive but is designed to fill large cracks or holes where you can't get the 2 surfaces to join together. So tough you can drill it and even tap it with a thread.
Adhesive Powders - These powders can be used to fill gaps and cracks and cures rock solid. Adhesive itself is very strong. Powder colour is black and grey. It has a quick cure time like super glue.
Super Glue - Quick cure time and bonds most things.
Threadlockers - Not considered an adhesive but they work in a similar fashion. The stronger ones are like an adhesive.
When using any adhesive it is a good idea to think through how you are going to use them. What you may need to hold the items together for curing. Protective gloves for hands and paper under the item in case of glue spillage. A place to leave the item to cure. Bond time, so how long do you have to get the pieces together before they stick. With some adhesives this is instantaneous, so the pressure is on to put the items together correctly the first time. Bond time is important but a lot of adhesives have a cure time which is when the adhesive is at its maximum strength.
With more than 400 stores, Repco is your dedicated one-stop-shop for all car parts and accessories. Amongst our range is a variety of general adhesives perfect for basic uses, as well as many different options suited to more specific purposes.
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