The correct application of spray adhesive

Many different types of spray adhesives are now available from specialist retailers. In principle, these can be used for a large number of materials and areas of application. However, to ensure that everything works when using it, a few basic instructions should be observed.

Spray adhesive is suitable for these areas of application and materials

Spray adhesives are mainly used when relatively large surfaces are to be glued together. This is the case, for example, when fixing puzzles permanently. In some cases, however, it can also make sense to use spray adhesive to apply wallpaper to wooden surfaces. In the case of model making, on the other hand, the option is required, because spray adhesive can be applied particularly thinly. Like other types of adhesive, it does not ooze out unsightly on the sides of the adhesive. Other areas of application for spray adhesive are photo collages, handicrafts, furniture repairs or textiles.

The different spray adhesive variants can be used for the following materials:

  • paper
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Wood
  • material
  • leather
  • carton
  • felt
  • Styrofoam
  • Etc.

Whether the respective product is really suitable for a certain material (such as styrofoam) should in most cases be found in the information on the packaging or on the manufacturer's website. In principle, however, spray adhesive is only suitable for relatively light materials; very heavy components or decorative elements cannot be securely attached with spray adhesive.

Important information on the use of spray adhesive

Before using the spray adhesive, it must be ensured that the surfaces to be bonded are absolutely dry, clean and free of traces of grease. In addition, good ventilation should be ensured and suitable respiratory protection should be worn from time to time. Basically, a distinction is made between three variants of durability with spray adhesive:

  • permanently firm
  • can be repositioned for a short time
  • permanently removable

Nowadays there are also combination products that allow all three variants. For a permanent secure hold, the adhesive must then be applied to both adhesive surfaces (spraying from a distance of about 20 to 30 cm) and may only be pressed together after the specified flash-off time. For a certain possibility of correction after the first pressing together, the spray adhesive should be applied on one side and used without a flash-off time. If, on the other hand, the prescribed flash-off time of a 3 in 1 product is allowed for one-sided application, the two parts should also be removable from each other later.

Can be removed again later?

It is almost impossible to take apart a paper handicraft that has been carefully fixed with spray adhesive again undamaged. However, there are definitely ways to remove misdirected adhesive residue from the laminate floor or from your own hands. Depending on the material and degree of soiling, either solvents such as nail polish remover or other methods may be the best choice.

In some cases, products are also available from specialist retailers which, despite the promised adhesive effect, can be removed relatively easily at a later date. To do this, these are simply carefully rubbed off or scraped off with an appropriate tool. This also works with some spray adhesives if the respective area is carefully heated with a hot air dryer.