How to choose the right sprayable adhesive

When you hear “3M™ Sprayable Adhesives” you immediately think quality, innovation
and selection. Whatever your performance requirements, 3M has a spray adhesive that
will get the job done. But how do you choose the right one for your particular application?
First ask the right questions

• What are the substrates being joined?

• Are there special end-user requirements?
– LEED compliance
– VOC requirements
– OSHA issues
– Non-flammability
– Greenguard™ certified

• Are there specific product attributes needed?
– High heat resistance
– Strength requirements
– Plasticizer resistance
– Postforming

• Are there specific manufacturing requirements?
– Multiple stations
– Equipment concerns
– Bonding range times
– Single surface bonding

• What is the size of the substrate being sprayed?

• What are the issues with your current product?

Then choose a delivery system
Once you’ve narrowed your adhesive choices, the next step is to decide which
package works best for your application. 3M Sprayable Adhesives come in three
basic delivery systems: aerosol cans, cylinders and bulk.


3M Aerosol Cans are the ultimate in convenience. They’re portable, simple to use and require no additional equipment. Aerosols are especially suited for small, multi-station assembly lines. 3M™ Low VOC Aerosol Adhesives With significantly lower VOCs than 3M’s trusted industrial standards, these “future friendly” products deliver the performance you’ve come to expect from 3M Aerosols. Plus, all meet CARB/OTC VOC requirements, are GREEN GUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified and can help contribute to LEED ® credits. In fact, 3M Low VOC Aerosol Adhesives meet the most stringent air quality regulations in the U.S., including California.


3M Cylinders are self-contained and pressurized. Available in a variety of sizes, they’re portable and require minimal equipment investment and maintenance. Their optimized spray patterns cut waste and maximize adhesive coverage.


3M Bulk Adhesives are available in many of the same formulations as other 3M Sprayable Adhesives, only packaged in larger containers. With existing equipment, it’s hard to beat the cost efficiency and productivity of 3M Bulk Adhesives.

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Source: 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division (

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