Wood and wood-based materials are widely used in the joiner’s and carpenter’s trade, in shop fitting, exhibition stand construction and interior finishing work. However, there are three major reasons why also other materials than wood are used:

  • visual appearance (e.g. bonding natural stone inlays in table tops)
  • protection (e.g. bonding kick plates for protecting doors)
  • construction (e.g. bonding glass panels into wooden or aluminium frames)

The range of materials that can be bonded today is very diverse. When selecting the right adhesive, it makes good sense to first determine the absorbency of the substrate involved, i.e. its ability to absorb or release moisture. Basically, all materials can be roughly categorized into two groups: absorbent and non-absorbent.

When choosing an adhesive, it is important to consider that a lacquered wood surface, for instance, must be categorized as a non-absorbent material.

Based on these facts, three different material combinations are possible:

  • absorbent/absorbent
  • non-absorbent/absorbent
  • non-absorbent/non-absorbent

We have put together for you a small selection of the most commonly used materials, including a material description, the advantages of use as well as bonding tips.