Cold winter weather can often be problematic for liquid water-based glue applications. We take precautions to make sure your glue doesn't freeze, and so should you. Here are some tips...
Winter Is coming (Well.. it's here)
Of course we had to throw in a Game of Thrones reference here. Glad we got that out of our system.
But in all seriousness, we can't stress enough how important it is to to keep in mind that liquid water-based glues are very sensitive to the cold weather. Since water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, your liquid glues are also at risk of freezing if they're exposed to these temperatures.
We takes a number of steps in order to prevent your liquid glue from freezing during transit.
At LD Davis, liquid glue products are only shipped in the beginning of the work week during cold months. Why? Well this will ensure that your liquid glues arrives to you in a timely manner without sitting over night, or over the weekend, in a freezing warehouse.
How can you tell if your liquid adhesive has frozen?
We always recommend doing a thorough inspection of your glue upon arrival to your facility.
If the glue has any type of crystallization on it or has a "lumpy" consistency, the glue is most likely frozen, and unfortunately not usable. Another good indicator is the temperature of the drum or pail.
If the packaging is freezing, there is a good chance your liquid glue froze during transit as well.
Please keep in mind that not only do liquid water-based glues need to be stored in an area above their minimum temperature, but it is essential to keep your substrates in an area that also maintains the required temperatures of the adhesives for the best adhesion properties.
Wondering what the best operational and storage temperatures are for your glues? This information can be found on the Technical Data Sheet.
If you believe your liquid glue has frozen, call our lab at 1-800-553-3284 right away. It’s our job to ensure your liquid adhesive arrives to you on time and in excellent condition!