Choosing the Right Spray Adhesive

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“Which spray adhesive is best for my project?” We get this question all the time from customers. To help you find the right aerosol spray adhesive for the materials you’re bonding together, we’ve created a helpful chart to make it easier for you to pick the right product for your project. First, read through our blog detailing the spray adhesives we sell, their characteristics and specifications. Then, download the usage chart to find out which adhesive we recommend for a variety of applications. Whether you’re attaching headliner material, installing automotive carpeting, or gluing foam, we have a spray adhesive that’s just right for your DIY.

Sailrite's selection of adhesive sprays.

Let’s take a look at our lineup of spray adhesives and find the right one for your project.

3M™ General Trim Adhesive

Porous to Porous. Porous to Nonporous.

3M General Trim Adhesive is a clear spray adhesive that is heat and moisture resistant. This synthetic elastomer adhesive is most often used for automotive trim work. It’s ideal for gluing lightweight headliner material to your bulkhead. You can also use it to adhere fabrics, cloth-backed flexible vinyl and foam. It’s non-staining, so you can use it with white or light color fabrics without the glue showing through. Bond carpeting, jute pads and plastics to metal and other surfaces.

Properties:

  • mid-strength adhesive
  • wait time before bonding: 1-3 minutes
  • lace spray pattern
  • dries to clear color
  • fast-drying
  • good soak-in control, minimizing bleed-through

3M™ Super 77™ Spray Adhesive

Porous to Porous. Porous to Nonporous. Nonporous to Nonporous.

3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive is an industrial-grade adhesive with incredible holding power. This multipurpose spray adhesive is designed to bond to a wide variety of lightweight materials. It offers high initial tack plus enough open time to reposition materials as needed. It bonds paper, cardboard, felt, cork, foils and fabric to painted or unpainted metals, wood, hardboard, rubber and other base materials. It’s also great for keeping fabric in place while sewing and to hold your canvas in place during roller furling sun cover installation.

Properties:

  • professional, industrial strength
  • wait time before bonding: 1-15 minutes
  • mist spray pattern
  • fast-drying
  • repositionable until fully dry
  • low soak-in on materials

3M™ Super Trim Spray Adhesive

Porous to Porous. Porous to Nonporous.

3M Super Trim Spray Adhesive is widely used in automotive applications, but it can also be used in marine and upholstery work. It’s a fast-acting, high-strength adhesive with excellent heat, water and plasticizer resistance. Its low-mist formula results in less overspray onto your project’s surrounding area, which means less mess and cleanup for you. Super Trim Spray bonds vinyl, foam, heavyweight headliner material, padding and rubber to impervious materials such as metal.

Properties:

  • exceptional bond strength
  • wait time before bonding: 5 minutes
  • low-mist formula reduces overspray
  • dries to pale yellow color
  • fast-acting

NG 1633 Foam Lock Spray

Porous to Porous.

Foam Lock is an upholstery spray adhesive. It adheres foam to foam, fabric to foam, and batting to foam. It’s the go-to spray adhesive for cushion construction and basic home upholstery work. It works instantly and can be used for either permanent or temporary bonds. Spray only one surface and adhere while the surface is still tacky for a temporary bond. Spray both surfaces, allow the adhesive to dry to a tack, and then adhere for a permanent hold. The adhesive bonds instantly, making it difficult to reposition your two surfaces.

Properties:

  • strong bond for upholstery work
  • wait time before bonding: 1-3 minutes
  • weblike spray pattern
  • dries to clear color
  • bonds instantly, hard to reposition
  • fast-drying

Now that you’ve learned about our four spray adhesives and their qualities and characteristics, take a look at our usage chart. We’ve listed the products we recommend for a variety of home, marine and auto DIYs.

A chart pairing spray adhesives with popular projects.

And there you have it! We hope this summary of spray adhesives, their qualities and uses has been helpful. If you still have questions about which product is right for your DIY, or if you don’t see your application or material in this blog, feel free to contact us by email, phone or online chat. We’re always happy to help our customers find the best product for their project. Be sure to post your finished project photos to your favorite social media site using #Sailrite so we can see what you’re making!