Develops New Warm-Applied Adhesive
Dow Automotive's latest product is a new warm-applied polyurethane glass
bonding adhesive designed to cut down on waste and save time, according
to Phil Jentoft, Dow Automotive commercial manager-aftermarket.
"BETASEAL Advantage is heated only for extrusion. It doesn't need
to be activated," says Jentoft.
Jentoft says the product, which has a one-hour safe drive-away time, was
developed based on feedback received from technicians.
received a lot of feedback from technicians and shop owners that are using
hot- applied adhesives. There were opportunities to improve ease of use
and performance as well as reduce risk," Jentoft says.
According to Jentoft, "The big issues are heating limitations, temperature-dependant
drive-away times and a lack of a high-modulus and nonconductive adhesive
that meets the requirements of every vehicle. To Dow Automotive, these
were some pretty significant unmet needs and we thought we could help."
All of the other products in the BETASEAL line are cold-applied, and this
particular product is designed to be used in all climates.
"It delivers one-hour safe drive-away performance from 0 degrees
Fahrenheit and up," Jentoft adds. "From Phoenix in the summer
to Minneapolis in the winter, it's the only product you need for every
Other features of the adhesive include the following:
- Low waste - Company representatives say BETASEAL Advantage cartridges
can be quickly reheated, so a partially used cartridge doesn't have to
be thrown away.
- Long warm time - the adhesive is designed so that it can be kept warm
for 24 hours, so a cartridge opened one day can be used the next; and
- Fast preparation - BETASEAL Advantage only needs to be heated for 15
minutes in a standard cartridge oven, Jentoft says.
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