Adhesives, tapes, and sealants are used to bond, repair, and protect a wide range of materials. Duct and cloth tape are commonly used for sealing ducts, securing cable, and making repairs. Filament and strapping tape are reinforced with fibers that help prevent the tape from snapping when pulled tight. Film and masking tapes are often used to protect surfaces and splice paper. Foam tape provides an insulating barrier between surfaces that helps dampen vibration and noise. Industrial adhesives, epoxies, and glues can provide additional reinforcement for building materials such as subflooring. They can also be used to join materials in applications where fasteners cannot be used, such as wood joinery or weather stripping.
Threadlockers and Gasket Sealants
Threadlockers and gasket sealants are liquid and tape-based sealants that are applied to parts before joining in order to fill gaps and create tight seals. Gasket sealants are applied to seal gasket flanges on windows and doors, or other plastic, metal, and fabric parts to prevent gas and fluid leaks. Pipe sealant tape wraps around threads to create a watertight and airtight seal with eased threading and removal. Pipe sealant liquid is applied to tapered threads to seal gaps and prevent leakage. Retaining compounds securely join two unthreaded parts without machining them or using mechanical fasteners. Threadlockers, sometimes called thread sealants, secure threaded joints to prevent loosening and seepage of gases or liquids. Valve sealants lubricate valves while providing a tight seal that prevents corrosion in gas and oil, refinery, and petrochemical applications.
Adhesives and Glues
Adhesives and glues are liquid substances that hold materials together and prevent separation after drying. They often form a permanent bond. Industrial adhesives and glues help to provide additional reinforcement for building materials, such as threaded rods anchored in concrete, or subfloor nailed to floor joists. Commercial adhesives also join materials in applications where metal fasteners are not suitable, such as wood joinery or weather-stripping installation.