Acrylic vs Glue Adhesives: Pros and Cons

There are any number of uses of glue adhesives. Glue can be used for anything from kindergarten projects to a fastener used in construction and landscaping. Glue adhesives, however, are not the only option that should be considered when looking at bonding materials, and there are several pros and cons inherent to glues that should be taken into consideration. There are applications where glue is an inappropriate bonding material, in which other alternatives should be considered. Here we will look specifically at the pros and cons of acrylic adhesives, as to those of glue adhesives.

Acrylic Adhesives

Pros: The biggest benefit of using acrylic adhesive is that of the strength of the bond that acrylic adhesives create. Acrylic adhesives are frequently not adhesives at all, but alter molecular makeup of the acrylic material, softening the material and disintegrating the bond between molecules so that when one piece of acrylic is joined with another, they almost literally "welded" together, and their molecules mix to form a bond between the two parts. In fact, this process is frequently referred to as "liquid welding." This bond creates a strong, reliable bond that is far superior to any bond that could be created with glue. Due to the material makeup of acrylic, glue is, for the most part, ineffective or unreliable to join two acrylic pieces.

Cons: The drawbacks of acrylic adhesives are not negligible. Acrylic adhesives are solvent bas