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3M introduces alternative to solvent-based adhesives

While many adhesive users have been underwhelmed with water-based products in the past, 3M Fast Tack Water Based Adhesive 1000NF is poised to change perceptions about what water based adhesives can do, according to the company.

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The product offers strength and speed comparable to solvent-based adhesives, with additional benefits including zero VOCs and Greenguard certification.

Suitable for a wide variety of applications — including furniture manufacturing, mattress and upholstery manufacturing, woodworking, foam bonding and insulation attachment, and specialty vehicle manufacturing — 1000NF is derived from a tape formulation that gains strength as it dries. This chemistry gives the adhesive capabilities that were lacking in previous water-based adhesives, including fast bonding (one to 10 minutes) and a strong ultimate strength. Depending on the substrates used, the adhesive can achieve handling strength almost instantly, yet remains repositionable while still wet. Additionally, substrates stay repositionable while the adhesive is wet, according to 3M.

The long-term stable bonds provided by 3M Fast Tack Water Based Adhesive 1000NF also offer good heat resistance. The adhesive also is said to offer good heat resistance, is non-flammable in its wet state and contains no polychloroprene. It bonds most foams, plastics, plastic laminates, wood, plywood and canvas to themselves and each other.

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