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High Temp Hot Melt vs. Low Temp Hot Melt

Tuesday September 30, 2014

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 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 contact us here


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