Adhesive Tips for Cold Weather Use
Ok, clearly this isn’t the most obvious time of year to be talking about working in freezing-cold conditions. Nevertheless, it’s not as if the warm weather sticks around for long in the UK at the best of times. Which means that once again, we’ll soon be looking at the kind of dark, dreary and depressing cold days the UK is famous/infamous for.
On the plus side, cold weather doesn’t have to impact your business. If you work with the best 3M preferred tape converters or custom adhesive manufacturers, the efficiency and performance you’ve enjoyed throughout the summer can continue all the way through the winter. It’s just a case of acknowledging the fact that extra precautions sometimes have to be taken, when using adhesives in cold weather conditions.
It’s important to acknowledge the fact that while all custom adhesive products are different, they all nonetheless have their own limitations when it comes to temperature tolerance. As such, the first thing to think about is the kind of temperatures in the adhesive product will be exposed to, both while in storage and in transit. When dealing with liquid adhesives in particular, there is always the possibility that the liquid could reach such a cold temperature that it completely freezes. In which case, the properties of the adhesive may be significantly affected.
That said, the adhesive could also be rendered ineffective if temperatures are allowed to creep too low, irrespective of whether the product freezes or not. The extent to which this may be problematic is something that will be indicated in the manufacturer’s guidelines. So particularly during these times of year when weather conditions take a turn for the worst, it is important to see what the manufacturer has to say about general storage and transportation. If you cannot guarantee our ideal storage conditions for the adhesives you use, you may need to make the necessary changes around the workplace.
What’s also worth bearing in mind is that even if the qualities and adhesive properties are not directly affected, the consistency of the adhesive may change during colder weather. The most obvious example perhaps being a liquid adhesive, which may become significantly thicker and more viscous when exposed to cold temperatures. Its bonding capabilities and properties may remain the same, but the change in its consistency could complicate the application process somewhat.
Should this be the case, the manufacturer of the adhesive will be able to offer very specific guidelines as to how the adhesive can be warmed before use. For obvious reasons, it’s important not to simply make things up as you go along, given the way in which you could end up doing more harm than good. If the cold temperatures appear to be affecting either the effectiveness or consistency of any of the adhesives you use, reach out to the manufacturer for advice.
Along with the adhesives themselves, you will also need to pay close attention to the temperature of the materials and surfaces you intend to join. It’s one thing to ensure that your adhesives are stored appropriately and kept at the ideal temperature at all times. However, you may still encounter difficulties if they are then applied to surfaces that are excessively cold. Once again, this could have a detrimental effect on both the consistency of the adhesive and its bonding properties.
So just as is the case with the adhesive itself, it’s a good idea to be mindful when it comes to the storage of these key materials. Or should it be impossible to keep them at an appropriate temperature, you may want to think about warming them slightly before getting to work with them. Depending on the size and type of materials you work with, this warming process could be anything from effortlessly simple to extremely complicated.
In all instances, it’s important to remember that you are only ever a phone call away from all the advice and support you need. If you are struggling with extreme temperatures of any kind when working with custom adhesive products, it pays to get back in touch with the manufacturer for their own words of wisdom. It could be that there’s a simple and readily available solution and you were not previously aware of.
Proactivity will always make the biggest difference when it comes to these kinds of issues. So rather than waiting until you face issues with cold weather, you might want to think about planning for what’s to come starting right now.