Adhesive Materials Used on Different Types of Nameplates

When it comes to nameplates, two of the initial concerns of companies have in the making of these are the material used and how it looks. While these factors are undeniably important, another thing that should be of equal consideration when making choices for nameplates is the adhesive. You might not be aware of this but the adhesive chosen for your tags will also impact the lifespan and effectivity of your nameplates.

There is a wide range of adhesive options available on the market you can choose from. Choosing the adhesive that will fit to your specific needs requires cautious consideration of the substrate and environmental factors. You need to understand the property of the substrate, where it will be attached to, and the environment it will be exposed to. For example, not all adhesives can be used for curved surfaces and some cannot withstand harsh conditions.

Here are some of the adhesive options available for different types of nameplates:

Foam Adhesive - When mounting nameplates to a product, it is important that both surfaces are flat to ensure that the attachment is secured. If your label needs to be applied to an uneven surface, foam adhesive is the ideal adhesive choice. Also, if there is a gap between the nameplate and product, foam adhesive will eliminate any ridges creating a flat bonding surface.

Foam adhesive varies in thickness and can conform to uneven surfaces or gaps between the product and the nameplate. The foam’s front and back side adhesive ensures that the attachment is tight and secured.

There are three main base materials foam adhesives are made of:

  • Polyethylene close cell foam
  • Polyester open cell foam
  • Polyurethane close cell foam

Pressure Sensitive Adhesive - Pressure sensitive adhesive is the commonly used adhesive that meet most of the adhesive requirements for different types of nameplates. It is also known as peel and stick adhesive because it has a liner that needs to be peeled off before the actual application to the surface. It attaches to the surface when light pressure is applied. You can use it for selective or overall application depending on the need.

Heat Activated Adhesive - There are instances where heat activated adhesives are needed to secure the attachment between the nameplate and surface. When pressure is not enough to secure the application, you need to check if heat activated adhesive will resolve it. These adhesives are also referred to as thermo bond because temperature, pressure and dwell time achieve the secured attachment between the nameplate and the surface. Like pressure sensitive adhesives, they can also be overall or selectively applied.

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