Universal adhesive tapes in the test

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Universal adhesive tapes in the test
Arturo Rivas

Universal adhesive tapes in the test

Universal adhesive tapes in the test

Universal adhesive tapes in the test

Universal adhesive tapes in the test

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HP Panzer-Adhesive Tape: At 70 cents per meter, provisional repairs cost a lot of money. In return, the sturdy armored tape from the car accessories scores with top-notch handling. MOTORRAD verdict: good

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HPX armored tape 6200: For makeshift repairs on a motorcycle, the HPX armored tape should be easier to use in practice. Thanks to the attractive price per meter, however, large areas can be glued. MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory

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LUX fabric tape: The Obi house brand cannot put itself in the limelight on the test bench. But all the more in the practical test in the workshop: one of the favorites of the MOTORRAD adhesive crew. MOTORRAD verdict: good

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Mako repair tape: The house brand from Bauhaus scores points with its full adhesive strength on the test bench as well as with provisional repairs in practice. Shortcoming: adhesive residue when peeling off. MOTORRAD verdict: good

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Nespoli fabric repair tape: With its high adhesive strength and good practical use, the Nespoli tape would be a candidate for the MacGyver Award, but the large amount of adhesive residue when peeling off thwart a better rating. MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory

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Polo textile tape: With solid adhesive strength values, the polo adhesive still secures a place in the front half. In the workshop practice, however, the tape is not entirely convincing. MOTORRAD verdict: good

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Polytex Professional Duct-Tape 111: The practical tip from the MOTORRAD workshop. The Polytex tape is made for ad-hoc repairs of all kinds. With better laboratory values, it would stick to the test winner’s throne. MOTORRAD verdict: good

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Roxolid Duct-Tape: Hornbach’s own brand can only score points in this test with its thick roll at a very affordable price. But then no longer in the workshop or on the test bench. MOTORRAD judgment: sufficient

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Scotch Supreme fabric tape: it sticks. Not too strong and not too weak. But for a universal repair job, the fabric tape from the specialist 3M is unfortunately not universally suitable. MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory

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Tesa Extra Power Universal: On the whole, the Tesa roll does a good job, but cannot be at the forefront when it comes to very special MOTORCYCLE requirements (e.g. fine longitudinal cracks). MOTORRAD verdict: good

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Uhu universal tape: In the laboratory check, the Uhu tape can still stand out with its excellent adhesive strength. And the price per meter is also great. In practice, however, there is a lack of universal utility. MOTORRAD verdict: satisfactory

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Wurth fabric adhesive tape: When it comes to screwing, Wurth is ahead, but when it comes to gluing, the Swabians have to give in. Neither in the laboratory nor in the MOTORRAD workshop does anything stick. MOTORRAD judgment: sufficient

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Well done: Gerry Wagner checks how well the Gaffa tapes are suitable as rim replacement tape. Important: residue-free loosening.

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Length does not always run: In contrast to transverse, the fine longitudinal crack is not possible with every test person.

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Deduction scoring: sticking on is only part of the exercise. Because the residue-free removal of the Bepper is also on the to-do list.

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Usually done in the twinkling of an eye: How easily and, above all, neatly can the tapes be removed from the roll and cut into pieces?

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Just don’t lose the thread: some test samples get out of shape with the “Gerry Wagner special longitudinal crack”.

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A sparkling clean reception at Karcher: Dakar bike from Marc Coma and analysis professionals David Berke (left) and Daniel Manocchio.

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All fabric tapes are glued 25 millimeters wide to a piece of lacquered sheet metal and to a polypropylene plate.

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The two kilogram “Finatrolle” ensures that all test samples adhere to the samples with the same contact pressure.

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The moment of truth: The 180-degree peel test measures the force with which the adhesive tapes adhere to the surfaces.

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A person skilled in the art speaks of delamination when the adhesive tape sticks to the paint or plastic surface after it has been removed.

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Leather, whether it’s a station wagon, boots or bench, can actually be glued well. This also applies to artificial leather. However, release agents such as wax or grease make a successful repair more difficult.

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One of the basic building blocks for the ambitious hobby mechanic who wants to do gluing work on the motorcycle or the equipment: two-component epoxy resin.

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Everything is included: With the Schwanheimer industrial adhesive repair case (89 euros), almost any bond, including the necessary preparatory work, can be done.

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Universal adhesive tapes in the test

12 universal adhesive tapes in the test
Adhesive strength, handling, price

Universal adhesive tapes are part of the basic MacGyver equipment and in every motorcycle workshop. MOTORRAD has intensively tested 12 armored tapes in the workshop and laboratory.

Jorg Lohse

January 31, 2018

Is it worth comparing armor tapes? MOTORRAD chief screwdriver Gerry Wagner only raises his eyebrows briefly at this question, but all the longer on his cigarette, until we hear the answer from mighty steam clouds: “Of course, because the differences will be huge!” The oracle from the underground car park has spoken.

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It is astonishing that almost every hardware store, automotive parts dealer, but also the well-known motorcycle accessory chains have their own type of duct tape. In addition, there are well-known brands such as Tesa, Uhu or Scotch, so that we finally have 12 universal adhesive tapes together for testing and take them to Winnenden, where Daniel Manocchio awaits us in the Karcher materials laboratory.

HP armor tape

Positive: can be torn off cleanly by hand and divided precisely into fine strips using a longitudinal tear; very stable

Negative: very weak bond strength; visible traces of glue on painted sheet metal; expensive


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HP armor tape

Conclusion: At 70 cents per meter, provisional repairs cost a lot of money. In return, the sturdy armored tape from the car accessories scores with top-notch handling.

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Providers: HP car accessories, finish: 50 mm x 10 m in silver; Price: 6.95 euros (equivalent to 0.70 euros / m, bought from A.T.Z. Autoteile in 71636 Ludwigsburg); Adhesive strength: 10 N / 25 mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

HPX armored tape 6200

Positive: very supple textile fabric, easy to model; attractively priced

Negative: weak bond strength; visible traces of glue on painted sheet metal; Frayed severely at the longitudinal crack and turns in


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HPX armored tape 6200

Conclusion: For makeshift repairs on the motorcycle, the HPX armored tape should be easier to use in practice. Thanks to the attractive price per meter, however, large areas can be glued.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Providers: Motip Dupli; Version: 50 mm x 50 m in black; Price: 10.11 euros (equivalent to 0.20 euros / m, bought from Martika in 71332 Waiblingen); Adhesive strength: 13.7 N / 25 mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

LUX fabric tape

Positive: can be torn off very neatly by hand and very precisely divided into fine strips using a longitudinal tear; easy to model; very stable; can be removed without leaving any residue

Negative: weak bond strength


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LUX fabric tape

Conclusion: The Obi house brand cannot put itself in the limelight on the test bench. But all the more in the practical test in the workshop: one of the favorites of the MOTORRAD adhesive crew.

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Providers: Obi; Version: 50 mm x 25 m in silver; Price: 6.99 euros (equivalent to 0.28 euros / m, bought from Obi in 70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen); Adhesive strength: 13.9 N / 25mm * 

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Mako repair tape

Positive: very high bond strength; can be torn off very neatly by hand and precisely divided into fine strips using a longitudinal tear; very stable fabric; favorable price per meter

Negative: leaves residues on painted metal


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Mako repair tape

Conclusion: The house brand from Bauhaus scores points both with its strong adhesive strength on the test bench and with provisional repairs in practice. Shortcoming: adhesive residue when peeling off.

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Providers: Bauhaus; Design: 48 mm x 25 m in silver; Price: 5.50 euros (equivalent to 0.22 euros / m, bought at Bauhaus in 70565 Stuttgart); Adhesive strength: 25.1 N / 25mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Nespoli fabric repair tape

Positive: attractively priced; easy to model; stable textile fabric

Negative: leaves strong residues on painted sheet metal and plastic (PP); not to be used as rim tape


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Nespoli fabric repair tape

Conclusion: With its high adhesive strength and good practical use, the Nespoli tape would be a candidate for the MacGyver Award, but the large amount of adhesive residue when peeling off prevents a better grade.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Providers: Nespoli Germany; Version: 50 mm x 50 m in black; Price: 7.69 euros (corresponds to 0.15 euros / m, bought from Globus in 70806 Kornwestheim); Adhesive strength: 20.9 N / 25 mm * 

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Polo textile strap

Positive: practical adhesive strength; easy to model

Negative: leaves residue on painted sheet metal; Longitudinal crack in fine strips not possible; Stability is only achieved through multiple layers of adhesive


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Polo textile strap

Conclusion: With solid adhesive strength values, the polo adhesive still secures a place in the front half. In the workshop practice, however, the tape is not entirely convincing.

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Providers:  Polo motorcycle and sportswear; Version: 50 mm x 25 m in black; Price: 6.99 euros (equivalent to 0.28 euros / m, bought at Polo in 70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen); Adhesive strength: 16.5 N / 25mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Polytex Professional Duct-Tape 111

Positive: can be torn off very neatly by hand and precisely divided into fine strips using a longitudinal tear; very compact wrap size, ideal for traveling; can be removed without leaving any residue

Negative: weak bond strength


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Polytex Professional Duct-Tape 111

Conclusion: The practical tip from the MOTORRAD workshop. The Polytex tape is made for ad-hoc repairs of all kinds. With better laboratory values, it would stick to the test winner’s throne.

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Providers:  Anticor; Version: 48 mm x 25 m in black; Price: 6.99 euros (equivalent to 0.28 euros / m, bought from Detlev Louis in 70174 Stuttgart); Adhesive strength: 12.6 N / 25 mm * 

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Roxolid duct tape

Positive: very favorable price per meter

Negative: very weak bond strength; frayed at the transverse crack; cannot be torn in longitudinal strips; difficult to model, not very stable; leaves visible residues on painted sheet metal


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Roxolid duct tape

Conclusion: Hornbach’s house brand can only score points in this test with its thick roll at a very affordable price. But then no longer in the workshop or on the test bench.

MOTORRAD verdict: sufficient

Providers: Hornbach; Version: 50 mm x 50 m in black; Price: 8.45 euros (corresponds to 0.17 euros / m, bought from Hornbach in 71686 Remseck am Neckar); Adhesive strength: 10.0 N / 25 mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Scotch Supreme fabric tape

Positive: practical adhesive strength

Negative: leaves visible residues on painted sheet metal; frays heavily in the longitudinal crack and quickly sticks together; not very stable; throws a lot of wrinkles when modeling; high price per meter


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Scotch Supreme fabric tape

Conclusion: It sticks. Not too strong and not too weak. But for a universal repair job, the fabric tape from the specialist 3M is unfortunately not universally suitable.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Providers: 3M Germany; Version: 48 mm x 25 m in black; Price: 8.95 euros (equivalent to 0.36 euros / m, bought from Hornbach in 71686 Remseck am Neckar); Adhesive strength: 17.2 N / 25 mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Tesa Extra Power Universal

Positive: can be torn off cleanly by hand; practical adhesive strength; very stable; very supple, easy to model

Negative: leaves visible residues on painted sheet metal; Longitudinal tear difficult to handle


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Tesa Extra Power Universal

Conclusion: On the whole, the Tesa roll does a good job, but cannot play a leading role in the case of very special MOTORCYCLE requirements (e.g. fine longitudinal cracks).

MOTORRAD verdict: Good

Providers: Tesa SE; Version: 50 mm x 25 m in black; Price: 7.99 euros (corresponds to 0.32 euros / m, bought at Bauhaus in 70565 Stuttgart); Adhesive strength: 18.9 N / 25 mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Eagle owl universal tape

Positive: can be torn off cleanly by hand; very high bond strength; very favorable price per meter

Negative: leaves residue on painted sheet metal; bad to model; too little stability; not to tear into fine longitudinal strips


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Eagle owl universal tape

ConclusionIn the laboratory check, the eagle owl tape can still stand out with its excellent adhesive strength. And the price per meter is also great. In practice, however, there is a lack of universal utility.

MOTORRAD verdict: satisfying

Providers: Eagle owl; Design: 48 mm x 50 m in silver; Price: 9.99 euros (equivalent to 0.20 euros / m, bought from Globus in 70806 Kornwestheim); Adhesive strength: 21.5 N / 25 mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

Wurth fabric adhesive tape

Positive: can be removed without leaving any residue

Negative: very weak bond strength; high price per meter; fray in the transverse and longitudinal crack; throws strong wrinkles when modeling; thin textile fabric with insufficient stability overall


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Wurth fabric adhesive tape

ConclusionWhen it comes to screwing, Wurth is ahead, but when it comes to gluing, the Swabians have to give in. Neither in the laboratory nor in the MOTORRAD workshop does anything stick.

MOTORRAD verdict: sufficient

Providers: Adolf Wurth; Version: 50 mm x 50 m in silver; Price: 17.99 euros (corresponds to 0.36 euros / m, bought from Wurth in 71332 Waiblingen); Adhesive strength: 11.0 N / 25 mm *

* measured according to Finat Test Method 01, deduction of painted sheet metal and plastic surface (PP), force value averaged from both samples.

This is how MOTORRAD tests in the workshop

Of course, repairs using duct tape are considered a provisional Frickel solution by professionals. Nevertheless, no professional workshop wants to do without the sticky tool. How do our MOTORCYCLE screwdrivers rate the twelve test candidates in practice?

For the trained two-wheel mechanic Gerry Wagner, for example, it is important that the armored tape can be torn lengthwise into fine strips, because he likes to use it as a rim tape replacement. MOTORRAD fleet manager Tobias Wassermann attaches great importance to all-round suitability, so that small wounds on bikes or equipment during photo rides or transports can be quickly repaired. 

This is how MOTORRAD tests in the laboratory

Does it stick or not …? Instead of the subjective thumb test, MOTORRAD prefers to rely on the high-precision measuring equipment from the materials laboratory of the cleaning specialist Karcher for this part of the exercise.

To know how well an adhesive sticks, you have to peel it off again. Sounds logical and is also easy to measure if you know how. Two people who know it particularly well are Daniel Manocchio and David Berke from the Karcher materials laboratory, world market leader for cleaning technology. Above all, however, you have the right test device at hand to determine the bond strength indicated in the evaluation boxes.

Things to know about glue

What is particularly common is that adhesive as such is technically difficult to grasp: “Materials such as steels are clearly defined by standards. It is more difficult with plastics, and with adhesives it will eventually be devastating. Everyone cooks their own soup, ”explains Manocchio. At least the bond strength can be determined uniformly.

And there are also uniform rules as to when and how what sticks: “Basically, the cleaner, the more likely it is to be successful!” Summarizes the Karcher laboratory manager. In other words: The surfaces should be meticulously cleaned, preferably with solvents, so that the “Bepper” sticks to them for a long time. How well it actually lasts depends on the material itself, says Manocchio: “The central question: is the material wettable well or poorly at the micro level? This can be checked well with water. If there are droplets – that is, water-repellent surfaces – the adhesive will hold up less well. ”At this point, in a nutshell: Metals have a high surface energy and can be glued on well, while plastics are sometimes, sometimes, particularly hairy with polypropylene (PP) or polyethylene (PE ) – exactly the materials that can be found in abundance in car and motorcycle construction – keyword “yoghurt cups”.

And with that, our gaze falls on the Deauville outside in the parking lot. Does she have any idea what is about to happen in the course of the practical tests in the MOTORRAD workshop? A good girl, you stick high, high, high …

Service: glue properly

Together with the gluing professionals from Uhu and Henkel, we look at typical damage to motorcycle and equipment and say whether and how a repair by gluing is possible.

Fairing parts

Depending on which plastic the parts are made of, they can either be glued very well or not at all. So-called low-energy plastics (e.g. PET, PP or PE) would have to be surface-activated chemically – impossible for D.I.Y. screwdrivers to handle. Much more promising is the repair of parts made of ABS, fiberglass or Plexiglas. These can be repaired, for example, using “cold welding”. Tip: Uhu Allplast, Teroson plastic repair case.

Boots / soles

Contact bonding (by applying adhesive on both sides) and the then necessary pressure build-up are difficult to handle with shoe soles. Permanent repairs can only be carried out by craft businesses that are appropriately equipped. However, it is worth trying to reattach a sole using silane-modified adhesives (e.g. Uhu Max Repair extreme). It only becomes problematic if there are silicones in the adhesive area. Because no glue wants to adhere properly to these non-polar plastics.

Plastic thread / torn retaining lugs

If the plastic can basically be glued, a damaged thread can be filled, for example, with liquid epoxy resin (Uhu Plus quick-setting) or with kneadable epoxy compound (Uhu Powerkitt). In the latter case, the screw can be screwed into the not yet hardened putty. Teroson offers the sandable two-component plastic repair adhesive PU 9225 UF ME, which can also be used to restore missing retaining lugs.

Textile / leather combination

Textile fabrics are generally considered to be good adhesion partners by adhesive experts, so a crack in the outer skin could be repaired with a suitably elastic and flexible adhesive. However, a water-repellent coating or impregnation of the fabric can be problematic – gluing on it is almost impossible. As a rule, leather can also be glued well, either by patching or by means of hardening wet gluing. Tip: Pattex power glue, Uhu Max Repair extreme. Special repair patches that adhere to coated fabric are available for damaged climate membranes: McNett Gore-Tex Repair Kit.

helmet

Even if the plastic of the helmet outer shell is considered to be easy to glue: Stay away from filling cracks or the like. If the structure of the helmet is so damaged, it practically no longer has any protective function. It looks different if the edge sealing tape has come loose or an attached air scoop has to be fixed again. These can be repaired with power adhesives or gap fillers. However, not all adhesives are compatible with foams (EPS, EPP, etc.). If necessary, use special agents here too (e.g. Uhu Por).  

Housing cover

Metal is generally considered a good bonding partner, but cast parts are more difficult to bond than drawn metal parts due to casting residues. Permanently gluing a crack in an engine cover will therefore be almost impossible. But short-term emergency repairs on the go are actually always possible, provided you have the right adhesive tool in your luggage. Teroson offers the Metal Magic Steel Stick, a steel-filled, kneadable epoxy compound. Uhu offers the liquid metal adhesive for such work. 

Tank / seals

Sheet steel can actually be glued well due to its high surface energy. A crack in the metal tank could be worked on with epoxy resin and additionally with fiberglass mats. Once cured, it is a thermoset that is no longer chemically soluble (even with gasoline). However, liquid could infiltrate the adhesive in the long run. Plastic tanks made of nylon, PP or PE cannot be glued. With plenty of practice and skill, however, these could be hot-welded. For this purpose, special plastic welding wires are available in specialist shops or on the Internet. Defective O-rings can be repaired using the Loctite O-ring set. You can make the nitrile round rubber yourself using the enclosed template and cutting knife in the desired size.

The little ABC of glue

To inform

What should be glued anyway? Without more precise information on the material properties and composition, it is difficult to find the right adhesive. On the packaging and package inserts, very specific instructions are usually given on adhesive properties, intended use and processing time. Whoever does not pay attention to this, works for the bin. Also observe the warning notices – especially in order to rule out undesired interactions in the adhesive area. Detailed data sheets can usually also be downloaded from the manufacturers’ websites. There you will also find very specific information on recommended protective equipment (glasses, gloves …) and what to do in the event of an accident with the adhesive.

Prepare

Even if the starting materials are considered to be easy to glue: Failure is inevitable if the surface is not prepared accordingly – in other words, it is cleaned and is therefore free of grease, dust and oil. When purchasing the adhesive, also buy the corresponding products (e.g. a primer as an adhesion promoter) at the same time.

To process

Once the glue has been applied, everything has to go hand in hand and every grip has to be perfect. It is clearly too late to study the clues now. If the handling is complicated and the environment is difficult, do a few drying exercises in order to acquire a routine in handling the glue or the glued joints. In the case of contact bonds, specific flash-off times are specified, which must be observed.

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