Pressure Sensitive Adhesive PSA is truly one of the best features that we provide at Technicon Acoustics. It’s a low-cost solution for easy installation and is a durable, reliable way to treat vibration and sound issues. However, PSA is often not applied correctly which can decrease the effectiveness of the product. Therefore, we want to offer you these 5 easy steps for applying PSA so we can ensure this product performs well for you.
True or False?
All Adhesives are the same
>>>False. There are numerous kinds of adhesives that are all used for different purposes and sound issues. Technicon has the capabilities to work with adhesives ranging from high-grade silicone and acrylics to rubber-based and two-part adhesives. The appropriate adhesive for your sound solution depends on the purpose, environment, and desired results. All of which Technicon can help you identify.
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The best way to test adhesives is to do the finger test.
>>> False. First, what is the finger test? The finger test is where you press your finger against the adhesive for a short period of time to determine how sticky the adhesive feels. In reality, this test is completely non-effective at measuring any properties of the adhesive. In lieu of the finger test, we recommend you allow our Quality Manager test these products using the appropriate calibrated test standards to determine tack, strength, durability and temperature resistance.
Adhesives can be used for a durable hold throughout product use, as long as you have the right adhesive for the right purpose. At Technicon, we will not only customize your noise solution but with our range of adhesives, we can determine which adhesive option is best for your products and purpose.
HOW TO GUIDE:
Step 1 Clean area of all dirt and residue
Some cleaners and products leave behind oil which can break down the PSA. You should make a small mixture of 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and water to clean the surface. Make sure to wipe off the surface a second time with pure water so the alcohol does not come into contact with the PSA.
Step 2 Wipe the surface dry
If the surface is wet, the PSA cannot adhere to the application area so make sure to dry the site thoroughly.
Step 3 Check the Temperature
The tack or “stickiness” of the PSA is temperature sensitive, so to get the strongest possible hold, make sure the temperature of the area and air is above 50 Degrees F. Ideally the temperature should be between 60 F and 80 F.
Step 4 Apply the PSA
To apply the PSA firm pressure must be applied to the entire part to ensure proper adhesion. It is best to use pressure rollers or pressure plates to make sure that all parts of the adhesive are firmly pressed down.
Step 5 Let it sit
After application, you should wait about 24 hours before putting the PSA and sound solution to work. This will allow the PSA to set properly and ensure a long-lasting bond.
Applying PSA can be a process, but these 5 steps are sure to make the PSA bond long-lasting and durable. In order to perform effectively, the pressure sensitive adhesive must be properly applied and allowed to set. Over the years, we’ve experienced with PSA ourselves to know exactly how to apply and handle the products. It’s important we share this knowledge so you know the perfect way to get both sound solutions as well as easy installation and durability for those solutions.
Technicon Acoustics TECH SHIELD ™ TS -040 is designed to shield components from radiant heat sources. The high-performance PSA offers quick and easy installation to a wide variety of surfaces.
- Protection from 1000 °F heat sources as close as 1″ away
- The overall thickness of 0.125″ allows for installation in tight spaces
- Naturally fire retardant core material
- Low tooling costs and short production lead time
- High-temp PSA with EZ Peel Liner for installation to a variety of substrate.