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Tuesday September 30, 2014

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 glue 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.

Packaging hot melt is the most common application for standard temp glue sticks. We have a few favorites like Power Adhesives TEC 14, Surebonder 711, Infinity Melt InfinityPack, and 3M 3762. Not looking for packaging hot melt? Check out our blog or give us a call 877-933-3343 for information on other products.

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.

When it comes to low temp hot melts we see a few part numbers that come up time and time again like 3M 3798 Gummy Glue, Ad Tech 2030 Magic Melt and Surebonder 725.

*Special note: Surebonder 725 is a multi-temperature glue stick, meaning it will work on either low temp or standard temperature glue guns. The difference in application temperate affects the viscosity of the formula.

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 sales@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 725 All Temp Glue Sticks

Surebonder 725 All Temp Glue Sticks

  • 20 lbs, 25lbs, & 35lbs Cartons
  • General Purpose
  • Clear Hot Melt
Ad Tech Magic Melt 2030 Low Temp Glue Stick

Magic Melt 2030 Low Temp Glue Stick

  • 22lb Carton
  • Low Temp Applications
  • 1/2" and 5/8" Glue Sticks
3M 3798LM Removable Gummy Glue

3M Removable Gummy Glue

  • 1.1lb or 11lb Carton
  • Removable Hot Melt
  • 3M Size 5/8" X 2" TC Stick
TEC Bond 14 Packaging Hot Melt Sticks

TEC Bond 14 Packaging Hot Melt

  • 11lb Carton
  • Packaging Hot Melt
  • 1/2", 5/8", 1 3/4" and Bulk
3M Scotch Weld 3762 Packaging Hot Melt

3M Scotch Weld 3762 Packaging Hot Melt

  • 11lb & 22lb Cartons
  • Packaging Hot Melt
  • 3M Sizes AE, TC, PG, Q
Infinity Melt InfinityPack Hot Melt Glue Sticks

InfinityPack Hot Melt Glue Sticks

  • 25lbs
  • Packaging
  • 1/2" & 5/8" Glue Sticks
Surebonder 711 Packaging Hot Glue Sticks

Surebonder 711 Packaging Sticks

  • 25lbs & 35lbs Cartons
  • Packaging/Carton Sealing
  • Tan Hot Melt