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When should you use moisture-curing adhesives?

The Facts About Moisture-Curing Adhesives

The majority of adhesives fall into two categories: latex, which cure as water evaporates within them, and solvent-based, which cure as solvent evaporates. However, a third type, known as moisture-curing adhesives, cures by reacting with moisture in the air or the substrate.


When should you use moisture-curing adhesives?

Moisture-curing adhesives are recommended for:


Difficult-to-bond substrates, like metals, and most plastics, except for those containing either polyethylene or polypropylene

Materials that are exposed to temperatures greater than 140°, like insulation panels or exterior roofing applications

Certain thin, sensitive materials, like sheet metal fascia for stores and some plastic panels (since moisture-curing adhesives won't shrink or distort these surfaces when curing).

When should you NOT use moisture-curing adhesives?


Moisture-curing adhesives can be used on anything EXCEPT materials made of polyethylene, polypropylene or a blend of these two materials.

To determine if the plastic with which you are working contains either polyethylene or polypropylene, look for the letters PE (polyethylene) or PP (polypropylene) in the recycling symbol on the product.


Which LIQUID NAILS Brand adhesives are moisture-curing?


LIQUID NAILS FUZE*IT MAX All Surface Construction Adhesive (LN-3000)
LIQUID NAILS FUZE*IT All Surface Construction Adhesive (LN-2000)
LIQUID NAILS Polyurethane Construction Adhesive (LN-950)
LIQUID NAILS Perfect Glue (PG-00)
LIQUID NAILS Clear Small Projects Silicone Adhesive (LN-207)


How can you tell if another adhesive is moisture-curing?


The label on a moisture-curing adhesive will contain the words "polyurethane," "polyether," "polymer-based technology" or "silicone." (NOTE: This does NOT include siliconized acrylic latex caulking compounds, which are not moisture-curing products.)

The label may also contain warning statements such as "May cause skin and respiratory sensitization" or "May cause allergic reaction."


Can moisture-curing adhesives work in extremely dry air?


If humidity is extremely low, you can help get the curing process started by wiping a damp cloth or paper towel over the surface of the substrate before you apply the moisture-curing adhesive.

Please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for safety and detailed application instructions.



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