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Solutions for bonding low surface energy materials

Do more with plastics and other LSE materials – 3M has adhesives and tapes engineered for LSE bonding.

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About low surface energy plastics

  • Chart outlining the different Surface Energy levels of various LSE plastics
  • Low surface energy plastics, or LSE plastics, are often known by their initials and include such materials as polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE or HDPE), polystyrene, acetal, EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) and powder-coated paints. They are generally soft and have a low melting point so they’re easy to process and mold, even at high volumes, and they’re low-density, which helps with lightweighting. Because low surface energy is the primary characteristic these materials share, they’re all more difficult to bond than things like metals, wood or glass – 3M has adhesive and tape options designed to work well, but there are far fewer options to choose from and test.

     


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Need help finding the right LSE adhesive or tape for your project? Contact us if you need product, technical or application advice or want to collaborate with a 3M technical specialist, or give us a call at 1-800-831-0658.

Need help finding the right LSE adhesive or tape for your project? Contact us if you need product, technical or application advice or want to collaborate with a 3M technical specialist, or give us a call at 1-800-831-0658.