Structural Acrylic Adhesives are 2 Part glues characterised by their high bond strength, wide ranging material compatibility. As the name suggests, they are used for demanding structural bonding applications so correct type selection is crucial.

This guide covers some of the different capabilities of our various types and introduces our new structural acrylic adhesive comparison chart which can help make selection easier.

RK-7200 Used on Transparent Plastic

Material Types that can be Bonded with Acrylic Adhesives.

RK-1300 Acrylic Glue App Image 1.2One of the main benefits of this type of glue is material compatibility. Within our range of acrylic adhesives, you'll find products that can bond types of materials almost no other adhesive can handle. Generally speaking, acrylic adhesives work well with metals, glass, ceramics, composites and many types of plastics. 

For some low energy substrates (e.g. Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyamide, PTFE) you'll want to choose a particular type.

The table below provides a snapshot of some of our glues shear strength ratings for various material types. There's a lot more materials listed on the full chart.

Acrylic Adhesives Average Strength to Metals

Adhesive Aluminium Steel Stainless Steel
RK-1300 20 N/mm² 25 N/mm² 25 N/mm²
RK-1500 20 N/mm² 25 N/mm² 30 N/mm²
RK-7000 20 N/mm² 23 N/mm² 22 N/mm²
RK-7100 20 N/mm² 23 N/mm² 22 N/mm²
RK-7200 8 N/mm² 18 N/mm² 18 N/mm²
RK-7300 5 N/mm² 5 N/mm² 4 N/mm²
PE-PP 45 14 N/mm² 17 N/mm² 16 N/mm²
Plastic-Bond 20 N/mm² 23 N/mm² 22 N/mm²

Acrylic Adhesives Average Strength to Plastics (Table 1)

Adhesive Polycarbonate
ABS Rigid PVC Fibreglass
Carbon Fibre
RK-1300 10 N/mm² 9 N/mm² 6 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 16 N/mm² 24 N/mm² 2 N/mm²
RK-1500 10 N/mm² 8 N/mm² 6 N/mm² 11 N/mm² 20 N/mm² 27 N/mm² 3 N/mm²
RK-7000 11 N/mm² 9 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 12 N/mm² 21 N/mm² 22 N/mm² 1 N/mm²
RK-7100 12 N/mm² 9 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 12 N/mm² 21 N/mm² 22 N/mm² 1 N/mm²
RK-7200 7 N/mm² 9 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 8 N/mm² 9 N/mm² 12 N/mm² 2 N/mm²
RK-7300 6 N/mm² 6 N/mm² 8 N/mm² 11 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 3 N/mm²
PE-PP 45 6 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 11 N/mm² 14 N/mm² 17 N/mm² 16 N/mm² 6 N/mm²
Plastic-Bond 11 N/mm² 9 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 12 N/mm² 21 N/mm² 22 N/mm² 1 N/mm²

Acrylic Adhesives Average Strength to Plastics (Table 2)

Adhesive Poloxymethylen
High Density
RK-1300 - - - - -
RK-1500 - - - - -
RK-7000 - - - - -
RK-7100 - - - - -
RK-7200 - - - - -
RK-7300 5 N/mm² 5 N/mm² 6 N/mm² 2 N/mm² 1 N/mm²
PE-PP 45 2 N/mm² 7 N/mm² 8 N/mm² - -
Plastic-Bond - - - - -

Types of Acrylic Adhesive Dosing Systems.

All of our acrylic adhesives are 2-part glues however the way they are mixed and applied is different. Within our range, there are three different types of dosing represented. These are explained a little below.

No-Mix Process.

The No MIx system is employed by our RK-1300 and RK-1500 Acrylic Glues. This procedure is particularly well suited for manufacturing processes with staggered assembly as it results in practically no pot life.

Simply apply the activator to one surface and leave for the allotted time. Apply the adhesive to the other surface. Join. No-Mix Process for Acrylic Adhesives

Easy-Mix Dosing System.

Easy-Mix Dosing SystemThe Easy-Mix system is used by RK-7000, RK-7100, RK-7200, RK-7300 and PE-PP (though the latter uses different equipment).

It works through the use of a dispensing gun and a mixing nozzle. In this process, the adhesive is pushed into the nozzle in the correct ratios and mixed as it travels through so that it reaches the bonding surface already mixed.

The RK adhesives that use this system all work with our D50 Dispensing Gun and the Quadro Mixing Nozzles.

Our PE-PP 45 uses it's own dispensing gun and nozzles.

A + B Procedure.

A+B Mixing Procedure GraphicThis is the most manual process represented here. Plastic Bond Acrylic Glue uses this system (though it can be dispensed with the quadro mixing nozzle which is sold separately).

Using the A + B method with Plastic-Bond is easy. Simply reject the first centimetre of the dosed bead. Mix the product thoroughly on a surface. Apply adhesive mixture quickly to only one of the surfaces to be bonded. Join both surfaces immediately afterwards.

Other Attributes Impacting Material Selection.

Though what you are bonding is often the first thing you think about when choosing a glue, other factors do come into play as well.

These can include everything from Viscosity / Nature, Gap Bridging Capacity and Colour to Temperature Resistance, Pot Life and Cure Times.

The table below provides these details on each of our main types of acrylic adhesive.

Adhesive Nature Colour Pot Life 
@ 20°C
Max. Gap Temp.
Full Cure
RK-1300 Pasty Beige - 0.4mm1 -50°C | +130°C 24 Hours
RK-1500 Liquid Yellowish 
- 0.4mm1 -50°C | +130°C 24 Hours
RK-7000 Viscous Cream 15 MIn. 0.1mm - 5mm -55°C | +125°C 12 Hours
RK-7100 Viscous Cream 5 Min. 0.1mm - 5mm -55°C | +125°C 12 Hours
RK-7200 Viscous Transparent 1 - 2 Min. 0.1mm - 2mm -40°C | +120°C 6 Hours
RK-7300 Pasty Translucent 
8 Min. 0.25mm - 1mm -55°C | +100°C 24 Hours
PE-PP 45 Pasty Yellowish 
2 - 3 Min. 0.25mm - 1mm -50°C | +80°C 12 Hours
Plastic-Bond Viscous Cream 15 Min. 0.1mm - 5mm -55°C | +125°C 12 Hours

Maximum Gap Bridging capacity for RK-1300 and RK-1500 is 0.4mm with the activator applied to one side. 0.8mm if activator is applied to both.

Acrylic Adhesives & MMAs Comparison Chart LinkOur Acrylic Adhesive Comparison Chart.

To make finding the right acrylic adhesive a little easier, we've put almost all the specifications detailed on this page together into one comparison chart. 

Of course, there's other details that may matter for your particular requirement. More information on all of these quality MMA glues is available on each of their product pages. We're also here to help. If you would like assistance in identifying the best acrylic structural adhesive for your application please do contact us and we'll do all we can to assist.

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