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Tuesday November 6, 2012

High Temp Hot Melt vs. Low Temp Hot Melt

High Temperature Vs. Low Temperature Hot Melt and Hot Melt Guns

Glue Guns

Glue guns are used for a wide variety of applications and there are many different types of glue guns and glue sticks. It is important to use the correct glue stick with your type of glue gun, high temp or low temp. Check out our Hotmelt.com temperature descriptions to help narrow what glue you need, then just simply match it up with the correct gun temperature.

High Temperature Glue

High temperature hot melt glue is generally used for more industrial applications. High temperature hot melts are great for a wide variety of substrates, but are known for bonding thick materials like wood, metal, heavy cardboard, etc. Some industrial hot melts like Polyamide work best an even higher temperature than the standard high temperature.

Low Temperature Glue

Low temperature glues are the best option for substrates that might be damaged by high temperatures like a delicate fabric. Many use low temperature adhesives for lightweight materials like foam, paper, fabric. Using low temperature adhesive not only prevents damage on certain substrates, but it also reduces the risk of burns to the glue gun operator. Low temperature hot melt is common for craft and hobby use.

Best of Both Worlds

A variety of manufactures make adjustable temperature hot melt guns, which allows the operator to easily adjust the temperature to fit the adhesive they want to use. A few guns have an adjustable thermostat like Power Adhesives TEC 820 and Surebonder PRO2 220. Some glue guns have interchangeable temperature modules like 3M Scotch Weld EC Applicator and Power Adhesives TEC 3200 Glue Gun.

Still have questions about high temperature and low temperature hot melt or glue guns? Give us a call 877.933.3343 or e-mail support@hotmelt.com!

TEC 820 Multi-Temp Hot Melt Glue Gun

TEC 820 Medium Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun

  • 1/2" or 5/8" stick size
  • Medium Duty Glue Gun
  • Power Adhesives
Surebonder PRO2-220 Adjustable Temp Hot Melt Gun

Surebonder PRO2 220 Adjustable Temp Gun

  • Heavy Duty
  • 1/2" Glue Sticks
  • Surebonder
3M Scotch Weld Polygun EC Multi-Temp Glue Gun

3M Scotch Weld Applicator EC

  • 3m Q & LMQ Sticks
  • Heavy Duty
  • 3M
TEC 3200 Heavy Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun

TEC 3200 Heavy Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun

  • 1 3/4" Hot Melt Slug
  • Heavy Duty
  • Power Adhesives
Ad Tech Pro 200 Glue Gun

Ad Tech PRO 200 Hot Melt Glue Gun

  • Light Duty
  • 1/2" Glue Sticks
  • Ad Tech
Power Adhesives TEC 805 Hot Glue Gun

TEC 805 Hot Glue Gun

  • 1/2" or 5/8" Hot Glue Sticks
  • Medium Duty Glue Gun
  • Power Adhesives
Surebonder PRO2-100 High Temp Hot Melt Gun

Surebonder PRO2 100 High Temp Glue Gun

  • Medium Duty
  • 1/2" Glue Sticks
  • Surebonder
Surebonder PRO2-100 Low Temp Hot Melt Gun

Surebonder PRO2 100 Low Temp Glue Gun

  • Medium Duty
  • 1/2" Glue Sticks
  • Surebonder