How To Choose The Right Adhesive
Choosing the right adhesive is not as easy as many might think, as there are endless films available on the market for all applications. There are adhesives suitable for decorating glass, walls, and furniture, and depending on the intended use, the materials differ in order to be applied efficiently. There are different types of adhesives but do we know when and how to use them? Most adhesives are made from a plastic material called PVC. This stands for polyvinyl chloride and is a very versatile material that can be used with any other product, whether inorganic or not. PVC adhesives are characterized by their high resistance, as they can be exposed to even severe weather conditions. In order to improve their durability even further, some people recommend applying an additional plastic film. The first major difference between the different types of adhesive is the white adhesive and the transparent film. The former is the most common and is used on both monomeric and polymeric adhesives. Let's try to understand the difference. White adhesive: polymeric or monomeric? White-base adhesive can be divided into two branches: monomeric and polymeric. The monomeric film is the most economical and, at the same time, offers the possibility of an excellent match in terms of quality and price. It is used for short-term work of up to 24 months and is suitable for flat surfaces. However, there is one characteristic that must be taken into account and monitored when choosing a monomeric adhesive. After a few days, it begins to shrink by about one millimeter per side. Polymeric adhesive, on the other hand, is of superior quality. The material is more elastic than monomeric, as it is made from a higher percentage of PVC. This means that it can be used not only on flat surfaces but also on areas with small thicknesses. Durability is also ensured over longer periods. Both adhesives are available in gloss and matt. Transparent adhesive The transparent adhesive is suitable for glass applications, as it has the advantage of being mirrored. This feature offers yet another possibility: that of applying the film to a shop window and, at the same time, having the print visible on both sides. There is, however, also a limiting factor made evident by the opacity. This gives the print a low opacity as a logical consequence of the transparency of the adhesive. To compensate for this limitation, it is necessary to use white, i.e. to use a sufficiently prominent color for the print to highlight the areas concerned. Pre-spaced stickers This is a rather special type, the main feature of which is that it cannot be printed, but the pre-spaced sticker can only be shaped. What does this mean? This means that you take an adhesive film of any color and cut it out. Other advantageous factors are opacity, resistance, and one more important factor. Whereas with transparent adhesives, the film remains in the unprinted area, the situation is different with pre-spaced films. Electrostatic adhesives So-called electrostatic adhesives are commercially available. They are nothing more than adhesives that do not require glue. So how is it applied? It is actually very simple, and the main advantage is that it does not leave any marks once you decide to remove it, as it is not applied with glue. These adhesives are only placed on the chosen surface by means of electrostatic. The film is usually white-based and is very versatile, as it can be used for any surface. Its limitation is durability. An electrostatic adhesive is suitable for short periods. For example, when we see stickers in shop windows, only during promotional discounts or occasional sales, they are certainly electrostatic. Backlit stickers Backlit stickers are defined as those with a white base that has the advantage of allowing light to pass through them, offering the possibility of a backlit effect. They are used on Plexiglas panels.