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Weather Restrictions: Contact Cement - Solvent Based

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Category: Adhesives     Product: Contact Cement - Solvent Based

Temperature Limitations: Use above +15 C (+60 F)

Rain Limitations: Use on a clean dry surface

Wind Limitations:  High winds will shorten set time.

Humidity Limitations: High humidity will lengthen set time

Continuous Conditions: Keep above minimum temperature for at least 1 hour.


Comments: Contact  cement is not a cold weather adhesive. Contact cement is applied to both surfaces and allowed to get tacky, approximately 15 minutes.  When it feels tacky but will not come off on your finger, press the two pieces tightly together.  It sticks to almost all substances.  Water based contact cement is stronger than solvent based.  Although highly resistant to water, keep glued object out of sunlight as high temperatures can soften the glue years after it is cured.  Hence it is rarely used outdoors.

Weather limitations on most renovation products can be located on the WEATHER tab above.



Contact cements -- both solvent based and water based -- are one of the most useful categories of glues we have as they will stick to most everything.

As its name implies, all it requires is "contact", not clamps. Hence both faces of a joint are coated and they are pressed together when it is tacky.

Contact Cement is generally used where there is a large surface area compared to the size of the pieces being glued -- not like carpenters glue which is good for gluing edges of boards together. Hence it is good for all kinds of tapes, banding, trim and laminates.

First it would be a good idea to take a look at WHAT GLUE WILL STICK TO WHAT?  This could even help to choose between solvent or water based Contact Cement.

And then click here for details on WORKING WITH CONTACT CEMENT.

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