Light-Curable Adhesives vs. Solvent-Based Adhesives

Which is Better for Your Application?

Each adhesive application has a unique set of requirements, therefore some adhesive chemistries fit better than others. The following infographic highlights some of the differences between light-curable and solvent-based adhesives so you can easily compare the two and see which would be a better fit in your application.

Light-Curable Adhesives: Light-curable materials are typically comprised of acrylates (a urethane backbone with an acrylic functional group) that contain photoinitiators. These photoinitators begin the curing reaction upon exposure to certain wavelengths of light.

Solvent-Based Adhesives: These adhesives are typically hard polymers that are dissolved and softened with a solvent. As this solvent evaporates, the adhesive re-hardens and forms a strong bond.

Please Note: The points noted on this infographic are a general comparison of the two adhesive chemistries. It is always recommended that the proper testing be done for each specific application before selecting an adhesive.

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Light-Curable Adhesives vs. Solvent-Based Adhesives