Grab Adhesives - is there such thing as the best?

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by SABK, Jun 3, 2021.

  1. SABK

    SABK New Member

    Hi All,
    There's just so many grab adhesives out there claiming to be the 'best', the strongest or fastest curing, I wanted to ask you guys what grab adhesive is the best and for what exact job? There's different technologies, so many brands - Everbuild, CT1, Soudal, Geocel etc. who each have so many different types. I can't quite wrap my head around why
    Which products do you swear by and which would you use for what type of job
    Is there any that are pretty **** at particular jobs/applications? (I heard No Nails is really runny and weak??)
    Is there any slow setting grabs out there?


    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    What job do you specifically want one for?
     
  3. SABK

    SABK New Member

    I'm doing an overhead job and need something that gives me some time before it sets, but all I find is rapid setting adhesives - any suggestions?
    Then it got me thinking about all adhesives and whether there's any that are better than others at some jobs?
     
  4. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select

    What is an overhead job? Clear silicone or gripfill will give you a good bond with a bit of time to play about but they're all similar to each other.
     
  5. nigel willson

    nigel willson Screwfix Select

    Would need mechanical support whilst it sets off
     
  6. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Solvent free grab adhesives are slow setting and don't instantly skin over if your applying to large surface areas - gives you more time to adjust and position item but may be an issue if you need that 'instant grab' - as above, mechanical support may be needed on a temp. basis

    Just depends what your trying to bond - no point spending £8 on an all singing, all dancing, high tech grab adhesive when a sub £3 tube will do the job ?

    Most grab adhesives will struggle to bond to dusty surfaces and many don't like unsealed plaster
    Often skirtings will fall off at the slightest persuasion with the grab adhesive bonded to the timber but comes clean off the raw plaster :eek:
     
  7. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Solvent free are generally useless I found. The old solvent grip fill was good but not easy to use. I treated it like contact adhesive and pull apart for 5 mins then it would stick well.

    As for best I use way more foam now with polymer grab mastic to stick stuff and the £10 a tube seems the best, but they are all very similar. I do use a bit of everbuild stuff at £4 as it's cheap for sticking stuff but I prefer the £10 stuff tbh. It's just a bit better.
     
  8. BiancoTheGiraffe

    BiancoTheGiraffe Screwfix Select

    Sikaflex EBT is bloody good stuff...

    It holds my campervan together, not a chance of pulling off even completely smooth painted metal
     
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  9. pppmacca43

    pppmacca43 Well-Known Member

    We use CT1 or OB1 at work or sometimes sticks like ****, all are decent but to be honest I’ve used cheaper ones from screwfix and toolstation and they usually do a good job too
     
  10. Tilt

    Tilt Active Member

    Wilko's 'Instant Grab Power Bond' is my go to grab adhesive.

    Seriously, nothing else needed where grab adhesive is required. (the 'instant grab' is down to suction effect. It will still allow you to adjust the material for a short while) Great stuff.
     
  11. CGN

    CGN Screwfix Select

    I like sticks like turbo. Stixall is good and normal sticks like ****. They’re all pretty good but prefer solvent varieties.
     
  12. Lina1

    Lina1 New Member

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    I agree this thing is a high quality staff.
     
  13. furious_customer

    furious_customer Screwfix Select

    A comprehensive test :-

     
  14. Mr Rusty

    Mr Rusty Screwfix Select

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