Product Information - Adhesives
Combining the benefits of a contact adhesive with a high level of water resistance, this product provides an ideal method of fitting Treadmaster. Walk on the deck immediately after fitting, Treadmaster Marine Contact is ideal for fixing to fiberglass, wood or steel decks. Preparation and application details shown on the can.
Marine 2 Part Epoxy
This two part epoxy adhesive is designed to provide the ultimate in bonding performance. Ideal for use on a wide range of deck materials, it provides a bond which is suitable for the most arduous of conditions. Full instructions are on the can.
Which Adhesive is best for my applictation?
There are many Epoxy and contact adhesives on the market, the following applies specifically to our products but many of the features are common to other products.
Treadmaster Marine Contact adhesive is a specific marine grade of contact adhesive, this means the adhesive will try to immediately 'grab' whatever surface it is applied to, this can mean that it can be difficult to move sheets around to get an exact positioning once the material is in place.
The adhesive will begin to harden quite quickly, but the final bond strength is less than you would get with an epoxy adhesive; this does mean that it is easier to remove when you want to replace the sheets, but not as good at holding them in position, another important fact to consider with Contact adhesives is that they begin to soften with temperature, and if your boat is in the Mediterranean you could find that on a very hot day the adhesive will soften quite considerably, and so we would not recommend there use in very warm climates.
Treadmaster Marine Epoxy adhesive is a two part adhesive, when the two parts are mixed together the adhesive will harden over time, this hardening process is much slower than with a contact adhesive(a pot life of about 1hour is usual although this will reduce as the temperature rises); and the adhesive is initially more liquid allowing much easier moving of the Treadmaster sheets to get an exact position. As the adhesive takes time to harden, once the sheets are in position they should be weighted down in order to hold them in position whilst the adhesive hardens.However, once the adhesive had hardened Treadmaster Marine Epoxy gives a very strong bond that is not effected by temperature (except at very high temperatures, i.e. significantly above 70°C). This does make removal much more difficult.