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Adhesive Selection Considerations

The information here is to assist you in selecting the appropriate adhesive for your project. Special conditions may result in different recommendations. Please contact us for information regarding unusual conditions such as substrates of metal, terrazzo or flame-treated wood; unusual temperature or moisture exposures or other variables which may affect performance. Complete instructions on adhesive container labels.
Note: lightweight concrete (115 pounds per cubic foot or less) may require more adhesive to obtain proper coverage and bonds.

#5 EPOXY FLOORING ADHESIVE* (Environmentally Friendly) - PART "A" SDS DATA
• 2 part chemically setting adhesive PART "B" SDS DATA
• MUST be used for Target® Tile and Target® Stair Treads (Low flame compounds prevent other adhesives from properly bonding Target® products to substrate.)
• MUST be used for Flexi-Flor® Sheet Rubber in Hospital Operating Suites
• May be used on all Rubber Stair Treads, Flexi-Flor Sheet Rubber and Tile, Lo-Pro® Tile, and Design Surface Tiles

#10 EPOXY NOSING CAULK* (Environmentally Friendly) - PART "A" SDS DATA
• 2 part chemically setting caulk PART "B" SDS DATA
• Specify use inside nose of ALL Rubber & Vinyl Stair Treads and Rubber Nosings
• Fill voids on worn or broken steps to provide support
• Available in dual cartridge with epoxy caulk dispenser gun

#56 LATEX ADHESIVE
(Environmentally Friendly) - SDS DATA
• White Latex Adhesive - trowelable, water base evaporation cure
• For most Rubber Flooring and Stair Tread installations except Target® materials

NEOPRENE CONTACT ADHESIVE
• Brush on, evaporation cure contact adhesive
• High strength rapid drying
• Excellent for Rubber Corner Guards
• May be used on Vinyl Stair Treads & Risers, Rubber Risers, Rubber Stringers, and Rubber Nosings


Some installation considerations when choosing an adhesive for Flexi-Flor


Location Below Grade On Grade Above Grade/Suspended
  We do not recommend below grade installations - Moisture levels must not exceed 3 pounds per thousand square feet per 24 hours
- All concrete curing agents, old flooring, adhesive and any adhesive residue should be completely removed.
- Moisture levels must not exceed 3 pounds per thousand square feet per 24 hours
- All concrete curing agents, old flooring, adhesive and any adhesive residue should be completely removed.
Substrate Concrete Wood Tile
 

*Must be prepared in accordance with ASTM F710.
- Always do a moisture test (Moisture levels must not exceed 3 pounds per thousand square feet per 24 hours)
- Remove all concrete curing agents
- If VAT was removed chemically, all remaining chemical residue must be removed.
- Remove all old adhesive
- New concrete should be cured a minimum of 90 days before installation
- Concrete should be sound(hard and free from scale and other imperfections)
- Fill in any cracks and expansion joints

Contact Us for recommendations when "lightweight" concrete (less than 115 pounds per cubic foot) is used.

Plywood: - Firmly adhere plywood to subfloor.
- Can use Latex adhesive (unless plywood is treated , then epoxy should be used)
Tongue and Groove: - Flooring should be sanded for a smooth/level surface
- Can use Latex or Epoxy (depending on application)
Hardwood: - Flooring should be smooth and sanded for better adhesion
- Can use Latex or Epoxy (depending on application)

Terrazzo: - Rubber flooring installed over Terazzo tile is NOT recommended
Stone: A stone floor should be leveled (or Skim Coated) to make it sound
- Should use Epoxy
Quarry tile:- Rubber flooring installed over quarry tile is NOT recommended
Ceramic: - Rubber flooring installed over ceramic tile is NOT recommended

Application Hospital Corridor: - Can use latex or epoxy
- Epoxy is better able to withstand the rolling loads of hospital beds
ER: Should use epoxy ONLY
- Seal all seams
ICU/CCU: Should use epoxy ONLY
- Seal all seams
  Lab: Should use epoxy ONLY
- Seams should be sealed
Operating Suite: MUST use epoxy ONLY
- Seal all seams
Patient room: - Can use latex or epoxy
Cafetoriums: - Can use latex or epoxy
- If have rolling loads from wheeled tables, epoxy should be used
Classroom: - Can use latex or epoxy School Corridor: - Can use latex or epoxy
Multi-purpose room: - Can use latex or epoxy
- If application includes installing game lines, we recommend using epoxy
- If application includes the use of wheeled tables or carts, we recommend using epoxy
Other Application Considerations: Any latex installation has the option of being epoxy sealed at the seam (4" on each side of seam)  

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