• Rubber Adhesives
  • Acrylic Adhesives
  • Silicone Adhesives
  • Characteristics

Rubber Adhesives:

Rubber adhesives used with tape is based on natural or synthetic rubbers and formulated with tackifying resins, oils and antioxidants. Rubber is the most cost effective PSA and offers quick stick capability. Rubber adhesive is not recommended for high heat applications.

Acrylic Adhesives:

Acrylic adhesives are formulated with acrylic polymers and generally have better long-term aging and are more resistant to solvents and environmental factors. Acrylic adhesives typically develop a stronger bond than the traditional rubber adhesives and are able to take higher temperatures.

Silicone Adhesives:

Silicone adhesives are formulated with Silicone polymers and are the only adhesive that will bond well with silicone substrates. Silicone adhesives are relatively expensive and have a very low initial tack, but can withstand higher temperatures than both rubber and acrylic adhesive.


Characteristic Rubber Acrylic Silicone
Cost Lowest Med/High Very High
Tack Med/High Med/Low Low
Temp. Resistance Low High Very High
Adhesion Med/High Moderate/High Med/Low
Shear Med/High Moderate/High Excellent
Solvent Resistance Poor Good Excellent
UV Resistance Poor Excellent Excellent
Plasticizer Resistance Poor Moderate/Good Excellent
Low-surface energy materials Excellent Poor/Moderate Poor
High-surface energy materials Excellent Excellent Moderate



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