Proper storage of adhesives and glues ensures their longevity and effectiveness. That said, different types of adhesives have different storage requirements. In this post, we outline the general guidelines for storing popular adhesives, including storage temperatures, environmental considerations, and more.
Storing Adhesives: A Quick Guide
- Water-based adhesives (e.g., PVA, Dextrin, PVOH): Store in a sealed container that does not allow any air circulation to prevent any airborne contaminants. Store between 5° C (41° F) and 25° C (77° F).
- Two-part epoxy resin: Keep the separate resin and hardener containers properly sealed and stored at room temperature. Avoid exposure to temperatures below 13° C (55° F).
- One-part epoxy resin and prepreg: Must be stored in a cool location (5-10°C) to avoid curing.
- Cyanoacrylate adhesive (e.g., superglue): Store in a tightly sealed container to avoid exposure to air during storage, as it cures in the presence of humidity.
- Polyurethane adhesive: Must also be stored in an airtight container to avoid exposure to humidity.
- Hot-melt adhesives: With the exception of PUR hot melts, these thermoplastics don’t require any special storage considerations other than a dry and convenient space.
- Dry-blend adhesives: Avoid storing in areas of high humidity.
Please note this is not a comprehensive list. Be sure to refer to the manufacturer’s recommended storage instructions for your adhesive of choice by carefully reading the label on the container.
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