A selection of specialist adhesives for trade professionals & home users

ADHESIVES

Adhesives

The right adhesives to bond and stick any material in any situation

As technology moves on at a fast pace and manufacturers discover more innovative and efficient materials and methods to produce adhesive, glues and bonding agents, we pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with the latest products and strive to maintain large stocks of useful, relevant, specialist adhesives in our product range, economical toothpaste-sized squeezy tubes for DIY or convenience and silicone mastic cartridge sized products in a selection of colours, to high specification, advanced structural glazing adhesives, manufactured by the biggest and most trusted global sealant names, including 3C Sealants, Adshead Ratcliffe (ARBO), C-Tec Ltd. (CT1), DL Chemicals, Dow Corning (DOWSIL), Everbuild, Geocel, illbruck, OTTO-Chemie, Shell, Sika & Tremco.

What's The Difference?

Adhesive Materials Explained...

  1. MODIFIED POLYMER ADHESIVES

    Fast becoming a solid choice for many tradespeople as a modern alternative to polysulphide and polyurethane, for their versatility to be used as a sealant if needed, the ability to be used in damp conditions with no priming required, being over paintable and available in a variety of colours, polymer adhesives are usually packaged in standard cartridges from 290ml – 310ml. (From WIKIPEDIA: also silane-modified polymers, modified-silane polymers, silane terminated polymers, etc.) are polymers (large, chained molecules) terminating with a silyl group. SMPs are the main components in solvent-free and isocyanate-free sealant and adhesive products. Typically the sealant products manufactured with silyl modified polymers have good adhesion on a wide range of substrate materials, and have good temperature and UV resistance.

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  2. EPOXY ADHESIVES

    A collection of various epoxy adhesives that can be used as glues for wood, metal, glass, stone, and some plastics. Epoxy adhesives are a major part of the class of adhesives called “structural adhesives” or “engineering adhesives” (that includes polyurethane, acrylic, cyanoacrylate, and other chemistries.) These high-performance adhesives are used in the construction of aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, boats, golf clubs, skis, snowboards, and other applications where high strength bonds are required. Epoxy adhesives can be made flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque/coloured, fast setting or slow setting. Epoxy adhesives are better in heat and chemical resistance than other common adhesives. The following description is from the very useful American website www.adhesives.org: Because of their ability to adhere to a wide variety of materials, their high strength, their resistance to chemicals and environments, and their ability to resist creep under sustained load, epoxies are the most widely used structural adhesive. They are available in one component, heat curing and two component, room temperature curing systems. Unmodified epoxies cure to hard, brittle solids. Most adhesive formulations include modifiers to increase flexibility or toughness of the cured adhesive. This results in bond lines that are able to resist more peel and cleavage stress as well as impact.

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  3. SYNTHETIC RUBBER ADHESIVES (POLYMER-BASED)

    Other than the commonly known adhesive materials, some modern products such as grab or grip adhesives etc. and also adhesives especially for bonding rubber membranes and profiles etc. are made using a blend of synthetic rubber and resin. Wikipedia says the following about synthetic rubber as a compound: Synthetic rubber, like natural rubber, has uses in the automotive industry for tires, door and window profiles, hoses, belts, matting, and flooring. Synthetic rubber, like other polymers, is made from various petroleum-based monomers. The most prevalent synthetic rubbers are styrene-butadiene rubbers(SBR) derived from the copolymerization of styrene and 1,3-butadiene. Other synthetic rubbers are prepared from isoprene (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene), chloroprene (2-chloro-1,3-butadiene), and isobutylene (methylpropene) with a small percentage of isoprene for cross-linking. These and other monomers can be mixed in various proportions to be copolymerized to produce products with a range of physical, mechanical, and chemical properties. The monomers can be produced pure, and the addition of impurities or additives can be controlled by design to give optimal properties. Polymerization of pure monomers can be better controlled to give a desired proportion of cis and trans double bonds.

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  4. POLYURETHANE ADHESIVES

    Traditionally thought of as either springy foam products (such as cleaning sponges and furniture filling etc) or dense finished plastic-type hard rubber such as durable elastomeric wheels and tyres (think shopping trolley or skateboard wheels), polyurethane is also used extensively in woodworking for bonding wood to wood and also used for gluing metal, ceramics, stone, glass and most plastics. Polyurethane adhesives have been the ‘go to’ material for many trades for many years and for good reason, they are a solid choice for tasks that require a strong but flexible final bond, we sell 3 distinctly different types of polyurethane adhesives, expanding foam-types that come in pressurised tin cans for extrusion by either spray nozzle or special foam gun, liquified polyurethanes in squeezable tubs (used mainly for joinery) and mastic-type cartridges, gunned out of a standard mastic gun onto a substrate for  bonding onto another or existing substrate. Here’s the chemistry techy stuff on wikipedia:

    Polyurethanes are in the class of compounds called reaction polymers, which include epoxies, unsaturated polyesters, and phenolics.[12][13][14][15][16] Polyurethanes are produced by reacting an isocyanate containing two or more isocyanate groups per molecule (R−(N=C=O)n[17]) with a polyol containing on average two or more hydroxyl groups per molecule (R′−(OH)n[17]) in the presence of a catalyst or by activation with ultraviolet light.[18]

    The properties of a polyurethane are greatly influenced by the types of isocyanates and polyols used to make it. Long, flexible segments, contributed by the polyol, give soft, elastic polymer. High amounts of crosslinking give tough or rigid polymers. Long chains and low crosslinking give a polymer that is very stretchy, short chains with lots of crosslinks produce a hard polymer while long chains and intermediate crosslinking give a polymer useful for making foam. The crosslinking present in polyurethanes means that the polymer consists of a three-dimensional network and molecular weight is very high. In some respects a piece of polyurethane can be regarded as one giant molecule. One consequence of this is that typical polyurethanes do not soften or melt when they are heated; they are thermosetting polymers.

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The best way to determine product choice is by deciding on what it's used for

Adhesives By Application

  1. BRICK ADHESIVES

    For making minor repairs to brickwork and concrete or bonding or gluing brick to brick, timber to brick, metal to brick or veneer to brick for refacing or cladding, a specialist brick adhesive is required. Brick adhesive glues typically need to be used in ‘at least’ mild temperatures, ensuring that the bricks are clean, dry and free of dust. Some other brick adhesives are specifically suited to colder temperatures or for bonding damp or wet bricks together. Using the correct brick adhesive will ensure that your build or repair work is carried out with the right procedure and that the bond is strong.

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  2. CONTACT ADHESIVES

    Used mainly as bonding agents, contact adhesives are generally applied to two surfaces (both sides) and allowed to dry, before being pressed together to create a strong bond. Commonly used for sticking carpets, joining wood, rubber, fabrics, cork and more, contact adhesive has a multitude of bonding capabilities. Wikipedia says the following about contact adhesives:

    Contact adhesives are used in strong bonds with high shear-resistance like laminates, such as bonding Formica to a wooden counter, and in footwear, as in attaching outsoles to uppers. Natural rubber and polychloroprene (Neoprene) are commonly used contact adhesives. Both of these elastomers undergo strain crystallization.

    Contact adhesives must be applied to both surfaces and allowed some time to dry before the two surfaces are pushed together. Some contact adhesives require as long as 24 hours to dry before the surfaces are to be held together.[25]Once the surfaces are pushed together, the bond forms very quickly.[26] It is usually not necessary to apply pressure for a long time, so there is less need for clamps.

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  3. DAMP TOLERANT ADHESIVES

    Often, surfaces to bond to (or together) are damp to the touch (or even fairly wet) and for one reason or another, there’s no time or way to completely dry the surface, thus there has been an ever-increasing requirement for this type of high quality damp tolerant adhesive, for which several of the main producers of adhesives to the UK market have met. All the damp tolerant adhesives we stock come in one part cartridges to be easily applied by standard mastic sealant skeleton guns directly to substrates for bonding a variety of materials.

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  4. FIXING ADHESIVES

    As interior design and architecture has evolved, so too has the need for more decorative finishes and disguised fixtures and fixings. Traditional methods of attachment such as nails, screws and bolts are still widely used internally and externally on buildings but increasingly often a fixing adhesive is used as the primary or secondary method, thus masking the join and creating a more desirable finish in cladding, decorative panels and accessories etc. Using fixing adhesives to mount mirrors, extrusions and signage reeves the need for unsightly mechanical fittings and looks neater, creating a floating and flush look. Available in a range of colours and various strengths, our range of fixing adhesives come in standard mastic sized cartridges for easy application from skeleton guns.

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  5. GRIP / GRAB ADHESIVES

    For one reason or another, some bonding applications need rapid ‘grip’ or ‘grab’ from the either side of the substrate that’s being stuck on, between or to, this is where a specialist grip adhesive or grab adhesive is required. Although many adhesive products have some degree of instant grab, there does exist a selection of products that are dedicated to this task and as such are categorised as grip adhesives or grab adhesives. For a variety of internal & external bonding applications where an adhesive with a quick grab or instant grab is required, (both commercially and industrially), each application should be assessed for the type of grab or grip which is appropriate and the material then selected, based on this.

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  6. MIRROR ADHESIVES

    Usually associated with internal sealing of such applications as sanitary ware in bathrooms, shower rooms & wet rooms etc. as well as, countertops, sinks & units etc. in kitchens and other food areas, high modulus products are less able to accommodate movement compared to low modulus sealants, but will make a stiffer and more rigid final seal. The high modulus products tend to withstand repeated cleaning more efficiently than the softer more flexible low modulus ones. High modulus (or HM as it’s known)

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  7. GENERAL PURPOSE ADHESIVES

    For jobs around the house, wether it be repair, maintenance or hatred of fixings like nails & screws, a general purpose adhesive (or glue as it’s commonly known) is a must-have in your toolbox. We have a great selection of high quality, general purpose adhesives in mastic sealant-type cartridges (simply applied by mastic skeleton gun or similar), smaller, hand-squeezed tubes and also aerosol spray cans all categorised for  general purpose bonding and glueing applications.

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  8. POWER ADHESIVES

    When you need a bit more muscle, wether it be to hold more weight or grab that bit tighter, then the next level of adhesion is required, that’s where the rapid bond power adhesives come in! Although not classified as grab adhesives or grip adhesives as such, by material, these products are made with such high specifications that they tend to have awesome grip and grab capabilities as a bonus! Simply gunned out of a standard mastic sealant Skeleton gun, the final bond strength of our power adhesives without any mechanical fixings has to be seen to be believed (click here to take a look at our video of our own label 3C Max-Bond for proof of it’s insane, vertical holding strength)

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  1. MULTI PURPOSE ADHESIVES

    For general bonding snagging work, repair, maintenance and everything inbetween, a multi purpose adhesive is an excellent option. An all-rounder, multi purpose adhesive can satisfy a multitude of tasks instead of using many different products and is very handy to keep in your toolbox. We have a select range of high quality, multi purpose adhesives in mastic sealant-type cartridges (simply applied by mastic skeleton gun or similar) for multi purpose bonding and glueing applications.

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  2. PANEL ADHESIVES

    Usually, but not restricted to, commercial or industrial applications where panel or cladding systems are used for decorative or practical cover, panel adhesives, as well as their complimentary primers and tapes are required. Manufactured by industry standard sealing & bonding companies such as Dow (Dow Corning) and Sika, these certified, panel adhesive products are made to very high specifications ,ensuring that they meet the very latest safety and technical guidelines for quality application and adhesion. We stock a select range of panel adhesive and related panel adhesion products in stock.

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  3. HYBRID BOND & FIX ADHESIVES

    Based on hybrid polymer technologies, these types of bonding & fixing adhesives are especially useful for (but not limited to) internal works where human contact is hard to avoid whilst curing, ventilation is poor or the space is confined, due to very low odour characteristics and great movement flexibility and in many cases, an ability to tool or finish off any visible material to a neat, decorative finish. Traditionally, materials such as silicone, polyurethane and heavily-solvented ingredients have been used for such tasks, but as research develops, hybrid adhesives have now all but replaced the old technologies these products perform more efficiently at a lesser cost.

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  4. PLASTERBOARD ADHESIVES

    For a variety of internal plasterboard bonding applications where an adhesive is preferable to mechanical fixings such as screws or as ‘belt & braces’ when using plasterboard screws or similar, there’s a solution available in either mastic-type cartridges or expanding foam-type spray cans. Although it’s often very ecomonical, convenient and time saving to use specialist plasterboard adhesives, test areas are always recommended when using any adhesives without fixings and also a degree of curing time is usually applicable, meaning that some support is necessary for a given time.

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  5. SOLVENT FREE ADHESIVES

    With health & safety a major consideration when it comes to certain bonding applications, one that has always been an issue is the powerful and potentially dangerous solvent ingredients which are associated with chemically-cured adhesive materials. The odour of many of these products is notoriously pungent and can render users or other people in the vicinity dizzy or nauseous especially when used internally and/or in close proximity. Although solvent-free adhesives are often considered inferior in strength to the standard adhesive materials, as technology evolves, the products have increased in effectiveness, with some solvent free adhesives boasting impressive stats.

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  6. 2-PART ADHESIVES

    2-Part Adhesives consist of 2 separate components, that are mixed together, one usually being a catalyst to activate the mixture. Most 2-part adhesives come in tins, but occasionally double (twin) cartridges for a variety of bonding applications including structural glazing, stone repair and fix, and wood repair and fix. Two part adhesives are typically used for creating a very high strength bond by using a curing agent or catalyst to increase the power of the 2-part adhesive. Any accessories needed for our 2-part adhesive products, such as 2-component dual cartridge applicator guns are available from stock also.

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  7. WATERPROOF ADHESIVES

    Although a perfect bond underwater is a rare requirement, there are times when it’s not practical or possible to completely dry a surface or it’s just handy be able to get a job done without the hassle of drying one or both of the substrates to bond. Waterproof adhesives with outstanding performance for various watertight sealing and bonding applications, both internally and externally have become popular as snagging list eliminators fort a variety of tradespeople and DIY customers alike. Advanced technology hybrid polymer adhesives made by the biggest names in the industry are tried and tested for bonding and sticking in very damp or in some cases soaking wet conditions, are strong, flexible and some that can actually be applied directly underwater!

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  8. WOOD ADHESIVES

    For DIY & professional applications where wood has to be stuck together or indeed to something else, a high quality, specialist wood adhesive is required. Our range of timber wood adhesives come in a variety of products such as mastic-type cartridges & foil sausages, spray cans and squeezy tubs, appropriate to the application, and will glue, stick, bond & fix; panels, timber sheets, wooden flooring, fixtures & fittings, cladding and anything else that has a wooden surface to adhere to.

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A Comprehensive List Of Our Adhesives By Manufacturer

3C Sealants is a brand dedicated to high quality, experience-backed products from us ‘County Construction Chemicals’ (hence the name, 3C get it? :-)) A hand-picked selection of high quality adhesives, using the very best materials @ great trade prices.

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ARBO products from Adshead Ratcliffe have been respected throughout the building, glazing & construction industries by architects and contractors alike for many years, with specialist sealant & adhesive products available for marine, automotive and industrial sectors. Although we only carry a select few products in stock here, we can order any others with a fast turnaround.

*  Products are ordered in upon orders being received and will take approx. 2-3 x days

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CT1 From C-Tec Products Available

C-TEC specialise in high quality and exclusive problem solving products, which are developed by listening to their customers and what the market demands. Their flagship product CT1 Unique Sealant & Adhesive has reached an almost mythical status in the UK construction industry, with most, if not all, specifiers and end users aware of the product and it’s capabilites.

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New Name, World of Opportunity: DOWSIL™ Product Brand Name Announced for Heritage Dow Corning High-Performance Silicone Building Products. DOWSIL™ Represents The Combined Power of Dow & Dow Corning; Customers can Continue to Rely on Same Trusted Silicone Technologies for Façade Design. We stock a selection of Dowsil adhesives.

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A British institution for decades, FEB building materials has a strong reputation on the construction industry for their trusty admixtures and bonding solutions. Now under the Sika Everbuild umbrella, FEB are still, to this day, a go to brand for many building trades.

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Geocel have been providing the construction and industrial sectors with high quality sealants, coatings and associated chemicals for more than a quarter of a century. Geocel is a wholly owned subsidiary of the international paint manufacturer, the Sherwin-Williams Company, based in Cleveland, Ohio, global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of coatings related products.

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Founded in 1937 in Milan, Mapei today is the world’s largest producer of adhesives and chemicals for the construction industry. We stock a select few of their industry-standard, high quality, adhesives for commercial and industrial use.

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A brand name of chemical resin manufacturing giants Chemfix, Metolux is a select range of specialist adhesives for the construction industry. Especially useful for many industrial and commercial bonding applications, Metolux adhesives have gained huge popularity with our customers over the past decade with amazing feedback, partly due to it’s ease-of-use and convenient packaging.

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Over the course of 130 years, Hermann OTTO GmbH, an innovative, medium-sized company for applied construction chemicals, has advanced to become a specialist for sealants and adhesives. We are the premier distributor of Otto Chemie adhesives in the UK and carry a vast selection of their product range.

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Known the world over, Shell has a solid reputation for high-end quality and perfromance. Formulated from carefully selected components based on rubber-modified bitumen, easy to apply and designed to offer long-lasting protection and waterproofing. This bitumen sealant & adhesive from Shell has been heavily tested and certified to a very high standard.

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In 2010, Sika celebrated its 100-year anniversary. Developing innovative products & solutions and being consistent in all areas of waterproofing, sealing & bonding amongst other applications, have made it possible for Sika to grow throughout its first century. We stock a select range of Sika adhesives relevant to today’s construction marketplace.

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A selection of our most popular adhesives available

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