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Strength v Flexibility; What is more important in an adhesive?

When choosing an adhesive, most people look at strength as the most important factor. In fact, according to Google, the term 'strongest glue' receives over 1000 searches every month. But the term 'flexible adhesives' only gets 170 searches per month.  …
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Solvent-free v solvent-based adhesive: Which is best for you?

When choosing the best adhesive for your application, you will come across two types; adhesives with solvents, and solvent-free adhesives.  But how can you tell which is better for you?  …
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Glass bonding adhesive; Choosing the best glue to bond glass

When bonding glass, you will come across several different adhesive options. For years, polyurethane adhesives have been the go-to option. But they aren't the only adhesive you can use to bond glass. Here at Forgeway, we manufacture and…
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Epoxy adhesives vs methyl methacrylate adhesives; Which is right for you

When deciding which structural adhesive is best for your application, you face a range of options. Two adhesives that people regularly compare are epoxy adhesives and methyl methacrylate adhesives (MMAs for short).  Here at Forgeway,…
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How to choose the right adhesive for your application

When choosing the right adhesive for your bonding application, it can be difficult to know where to start. Cure time, strength, and flexibility are three main factors that people consider before deciding on an adhesive.  But there are so many different factors you need to consider to ensure the adhesive is the right match for your…
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What’s the best adhesive for bonding composite materials?

Bonding composite materials can be a challenging process. If you have been struggling with this too, you're not alone. Here at Forgeway, we are manufacturers of specialist adhesives. Companies in the manufacturing sector often ask us how…
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Purok VX67: Product review

You've been introduced to Purok VX67 as a potential adhesive for your bonding situation. Now you want to know all about it. Here at Forgeway, we manufacture over 3000 tonnes of adhesive products every year. Purok VX67 is one of those…
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Can you use silicone as glue?

Silicone is a very popular sealant in multiple industries. But a common question that pops up is; "can you use silicone as glue to bond materials in place?" The simple answer is yes, you can use silicone as glue. But you will…
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1K Vs 2K adhesives; what is the difference, and which is best for you?

When you are analysing your adhesive options, you will likely come across the debate between 1K and 2K adhesives.  Here at Forgeway, we are adhesive specialists. We manufacture over 3000 tonnes of 1K and 2K adhesives annually so…
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An honest review of Formoa 063: Pros and cons

If you are considering using Formoa 063 but are not sure if it will be a good fit for you, you're in the right place. For those who don't know who we are, here at Forgeway we manufacture over 3000 tonnes of adhesive products every year.…
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The different Adhesive Testing Methods; Deciding which test method is best for you

You are reading this article because you want to ensure that the adhesive solution you are considering is actually going to work. Whether an adhesive supplier has suggested the solution or you believe it might be a good option, you still aren’t sure it is the best solution for you. …
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Why does sealant (like silicone) go yellow? Tips and methods to stop it from happening

If your sealant or silicone has gone yellow or is in the process of going yellow, don't worry. It is a common occurrence. Your sealant is likely going yellow because of exposure to UV radiation. However, there are several other reasons…
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Can you paint over silicone and other sealants? And what you can do.

The very short answer is, "No, you cannot paint over silicone". However, there are so many variables, and the less short answer should perhaps be "No, but you shouldn't need to paint over silicone." You may have found yourself in a situation…
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What is filiform corrosion? How can you prevent it?

The vast majority of the general public will have come across filiform corrosion at some point. Whether they will have been able to identify it as filiform corrosion is another topic. The point remains, filiform corrosion is commonplace.…
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Choosing the best glue for bonding aluminium; What you need to know

We should probably start with a quick disclaimer. If you are an American reader and are wondering why we are strangely spelling 'Aluminum', don't worry. 'Aluminium' is the British spelling.  Whether you call it 'Aluminum' or 'Aluminium', this article will provide the answers to your questions…
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Working with Forgeway: What you need to know

Want to know more about what to expect when working with Forgeway? You are in the right place. This article will answer the questions we typically receive about ourselves. …
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Joining metal to metal without welding: Top 2 alternatives

Joining metals is never an easy task. Welding has been the conventional joining method for the past ten years or so because it is strong, very strong. But maybe you’re facing an issue with welding. Or maybe you are struggling to find…
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Can you bond all plastics? And why Surface Energy affects Adhesion

As with all difficult questions, there is no simple answer. The question around how to bond plastics is no different, but the simple answer is yes, you can bond all plastics. Over the years, hundreds of puzzled manufacturers have asked us here at Forgeway…
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What is an MS polymer adhesive?

If you want to find out a little bit more about MS polymer adhesives, you are in the right place. Here at Forgeway, we first started manufacturing Formoa, our MS polymer product range, in the 1990s. We now manufacture over 2500 tonnes…
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What Is Extreme Sealing Tape And What Is It Used For?

Written by Caleb Shaw. Extreme sealing tapes are designed to span a joint to prevent water ingress. In this blog, I’ll primarily be focusing on the products designed for use on commercial vehicles, caravans, and roof systems. If you have any questions regarding extreme sealing tape for any other use, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists using the number above and we’ll do our best to help…
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Rubber Based VS Acrylic Based Adhesives For Tapes

Written by Caleb Shaw Can't decide whether an acrylic or rubber based adhesive for tape is right for you? In this short blog, I'm going to outline the basic features of both. Tack Rubber based adhesives have a higher initial tack than acrylic. So for applications on…
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3M 4412 Extreme Sealing Tape vs FS500 Sealing Tape

Written by Caleb Shaw 3M extreme sealing tape has been around for quite a long time – is the FS500 sealing tape from Forgeway a valid alternative? 3M  Extreme sealing tape has been widely used for sealing trucks, trailers, roofs - offering very good adhesion to a wide variety of substrates. It is used where operators need a fast and tidy seal…
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Methyl methacrylate adhesives; definition, pros and cons, and cost

You want to find out everything there is to know about methyl methacrylate adhesives (MMAs). The good, the bad, and the ugly; you want to know it all.  We've got you covered. As adhesive specialists here at Forgeway, we know everything…
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What is environmental stress cracking? And how you can prevent it

If you are bonding plastic to a structure that will be under stress, you will likely have considered the threat of environmental stress cracking (ESC).  Some people are seriously concerned about the impact ESC could have on their…
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What affects adhesive cure time?

We've all been there. Sitting, waiting for a product to be ready to use. In fact, you’ve probably said it yourself a number of times. It’s…

Substrates and Adhesion – What’s The Best Combination?

There are many things to consider when selecting your substrate. The composition, metals (which contain a layer of oxides and gases), or non-mentals (which contain moisture and additives). In this blog, we’ll be covering different types of substrates and their individual properties…

What Are Cyanoacrylate Adhesives?

Cyanoacrylate adhesives are more commonly known as super glues/instant glues. They are single component, solvent free products which cure quickly when confined between two surfaces at room temperature. Advantages …

What Are Anaerobic Adhesives?

Anaerobic adhesives are single component materials which cure in the absence of oxygen and in the presence of metal ions (iron or steel). If the adhesive is in contact with the air, the adhesives will not cure. When the adhesive becomes completed deprived of oxygen, the curing…

What is an epoxy adhesive?

You have heard about using epoxy adhesives (also known as epoxies) as a potential bonding solution. Now you want to find out a little more…

How Does UV Affect Commercial Vehicles?

The effects of ultraviolet radiation on vehicles can be seen daily on our roads. The most obvious example is the fading visible on red vehicles such as Post Office vans. Whilst all colours are affected by UV, the effects on red and orange materials are most severe. As all industries…

The Basics For A Successful Bond

We work closely with our customers to ensure they have the correct joint design and choice of adhesive. This enables us to ensure a strong, durable bond even in the most demanding of climates. In this blog we have briefly summarized…