Is contact adhesive waterproof?

Commercially available contact adhesives can be used to permanently bond a variety of materials together. However, many do-it-yourselfers may ask themselves whether contact adhesive is actually waterproof. In order to clearly clarify this question, it is worth taking a closer look at the composition of the respective product.

Solvent or water based contact adhesive?

There are now many different types of contact adhesives on the market, often also under the name & 8222 Power Adhesive 8220; Tobe offered. Contact adhesive should often be used during processing because of its special properties, because it allows, for example, very fast work with only short waiting times. But when it comes to deciding whether a certain adhesive is really suitable for a specific project, the question of the water resistance of the connections made by the adhesive often arises.

Whether a contact adhesive is absolutely waterproof under all circumstances cannot really be answered across the board. Finally, there are contact adhesives whose formulation is based either on water as a solvent or on chemical solvents. Now a water-based contact adhesive would partially soften again when it comes into contact with water, while a solvent-based contact adhesive is usually completely waterproof.

For which materials and projects is waterproof contact adhesive particularly suitable?

Waterproof contact adhesive is usually suitable for a whole range of commonly used materials:

  • Wood
  • Wood-based materials
  • metal
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • leather
  • rubber
  • cork
  • material
  • felt
  • Glass
  • many plastics

Contact adhesive is therefore particularly suitable for repairing a broken vase. With such work it would be almost impossible to keep the fragments exactly in place until another glue dries. The fast adhesive effect of power glue, on the other hand, makes such a project quite possible. Shoe soles can also be glued and sealed well with contact adhesive, as this type of adhesive, due to its special composition, remains flexible even after drying and thus never becomes brittle.

How can you remove waterproof contact adhesive again??

To remove waterproof contact adhesive, due to the large number of different compositions, you should take a close look at the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on the chemical composition, solvents such as acetone, nitro thinner and ethyl acetate can be used. The exact selection also depends on the materials that are bonded, since acetone, for example, can eat real holes in objects made of copper.