Single-Part Adhesive: Everything You Need to Know

Single-Part Adhesive: Everything You Need to Know

 

There are many instances during the artificial grass installation process where you may need the help of adhesive to carry out your installation.

When it comes to adhesive, you have two choices. You can use either single part or two-part adhesive.

Which is the best adhesive to use really depends upon a number of factors.

Both types of adhesive have their place within the fake grass installer’s armoury.

The focus of this article is on single-part adhesives. We get many questions from DIYers and professional installers on how to use single-part adhesives, so we have included below the most commonly asked questions, along with all the answers you’ll need to successfully use single part adhesive during an installation.

 

 

What is it?

 

Single-Part Adhesive: Everything You Need to Know

Single-part adhesive is typically sold under the brand name, Aqua Bond.

Aqua Bond is known as a single-part adhesive, as both the hardener and adhesive are contained within a single 310ml cartridge and it does not require the user to carry out any mixing.

The single component is a moisture-curing adhesive of trowellable viscosity, designed to help with the installation of artificial grass, and is primarily used for bonding synthetic grass carpets to a variety of substrates or joining tapes.

 

 

What is it made from?

 

Single-part adhesive is made of polyurethane, which is produced by diphenylmethane diisocyanate.

 

 

What colour is it?

 

 

Single-part adhesive is green in colour, to match the colour of artificial grass.

 

 

How long is the shelf life?

 

Aqua Bond will keep for up to 6 months, in unopened containers.

 

 

How do you apply it?

 

Single-Part Adhesive: Everything You Need to Know

Aqua Bond is applied using a mastic gun. The 310ml cartridge is supplied with a plastic nozzle, to allow you to apply adhesive accurately and consistently to a wide range of existing surfaces and joining tapes.

The adhesive can also be spread using a trowel, to provide a more even coverage.

 

 

How long is it workable for?

 

The amount of workable time you get with Aqua Bond can depend upon the climatic conditions. The table below shows approximate timings, based upon average humidity. The higher the humidity, the quicker it will harden:

Ambient TemperatureWorkable Time
5°C1 Hour
10°C30 Minutes
20°C15 Minutes

 

 

How long does it take to fully cure?

 

The warmer the temperature and the higher the humidity, the quicker it will cure. The table below shows approximate timings, based upon average humidity:

Ambient TemperatureCure Time
5°C4–8 Hours
10°C2–4 Hours
20°C1–2 Hours

 

 

How much does it cost?

 

Aqua Bond costs £7.99 (inc. VAT) per 310ml cartridge.

 

 

What is the coverage rate of one cartridge?

 

Coverage depends upon the thickness of Aqua Bond applied to an existing surface or joining tape.

As a general guide, one cartridge covers approximately 0.3m2. When applying to a joining tape, you’ll be able to cover around 2–3m of tape, at a thickness of 2mm.

 

 

When should you use it?

 

Single-Part Adhesive: Everything You Need to Know

Joining Tape in position ready for the application of joining adhesive in either single or two-part format

Aqua Bond can be used either to adhere synthetic grass to an existing surface or to specialist joining tape.

It can be used on surfaces such as concrete, paving slabs, block paving, decking boards, foam underlay and tarmac. We advise that you test that the product will adhere to a particular surface using a small sample of artificial turf, before proceeding with your installation. For further information and advice on which substrates Aqua Bond can be used with, please contact EnviroStik.

Aqua Bond is also ideal for repair and remedial works to small areas that require ‘patching in’ (i.e. cutting out and replacing a small patch of damaged artificial turf). The nozzle means that it can be precisely applied, which reduces the risk of adhesive coming into contact with the synthetic fibres, causing them to mat together.

 

 

How should you prepare the existing surface?

 

Ensure the existing surface is smooth, clean, sound, and free from dust, loose particles or contaminants, such as oil, which could affect adhesion.

Dampness can be tolerated, but any surface water should be removed.

 

 

What are the advantages?

 

Single-part adhesive, as explained above, is perfect for carrying out delicate repair jobs, as the adhesive can be applied accurately, so reducing the risk of adhesive getting on the synthetic fibres.

It is also ideal for securing the perimeter of an artificial lawn when using a concrete edging, as it can quickly and easily be applied to narrow strips of concrete.

It is a quick and easy product to deal with as, unlike two-part adhesive, the user will not need to mix together the adhesive and hardener – it can be used straight from the cartridge.

For more information on the advantages and disadvantages, and a comparison between single part and two-part adhesives, please click here.

 

 

What are the disadvantages?

 

The main disadvantage of Aqua Bond is that you don’t get as good a coverage rate as you do with two-part adhesives.

Each cartridge of adhesive only covers approximately 0.3m2. This is in comparison to two-part adhesive, which can be purchased in either 5kg tubs, which cover an area of approximately 2m2, or 10kg tubs, which cover an area of 4m2. (Remember though, these quantities are just intended as a guide, as it all really depends upon the thickness in which the adhesive is applied, as to how far they will go)

When you compare costs, you’ll see that two-part adhesives are far more cost-effective, as you can cover a larger area at a lower price. For example, if you have joins over 4m in length, you’ll find that purchasing a 5kg tub of two-part adhesive is more economical.

Single-Part Adhesive: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to adhering artificial grass to existing surfaces, such as concrete, you’ll find the same scenario, and perhaps to an even greater extent.

For more information on the advantages and disadvantages, and a comparison between single part and two-part adhesives, please click here.

 

 

What temperature can you use it in?

 

Single-part adhesive can be used in temperatures ranging from 5°C to 25°C

 

 

Can you use it in damp or wet conditions?

 

Yes, Aqua Bond can tolerate damp conditions, but any surface water should be removed. Do not use in wet conditions.

 

 

What safety measures should you take?

 

Aqua Bond can potentially cause harm if it is not used correctly. It is harmful by inhalation and may cause serious damage to health as a result of prolonged exposure through inhalation. It is also irritating to eyes, the respiratory system and skin.

Single-Part Adhesive: Everything You Need to Know

To prevent contact with skin, whilst using this product ensure that you wear suitable protective clothing and gloves at all times.

Aqua Bond adhesive should not be used under conditions of poor ventilation, unless a protective mask with an appropriate gas filter is worn at all times.

For further information, please read the safety datasheet of Aqua Bond adhesive, by clicking here.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Using single-part adhesive is a quick and easy way to bond synthetic grass to a wide range of existing surfaces and joining tapes. It’s also inexpensive.

There are, however, a few things that you need to know before using the product and, hopefully, this article has provided the answers to all of your questions.

For further product information for Aqua Bond adhesive, please see the manufacturer’s product datasheet.

If you would like to get your hands on some single-part adhesive for your own artificial grass installation, you can buy Aqua Bond here.

If you would prefer that a professional carries out your artificial grass installation, we have a network of installers covering the UK who can help. To find your nearest installer, simply enter your town or postcode on this page and contact your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer for a free quotation.

If you have any other questions regarding the use of single-part adhesives, then please leave your question in the comments section below and we’ll get it – and the answer – added to our list.

 

 

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