Cleaners, Thinner & Primers

So which came first, the chicken or the egg? The same can be said for an adhesive and an adhesive cleaner. A cleaner is born from the day a new adhesive is formulated. They’ve been around from day one in our business – we believe the two go hand in hand in all types of different application and industries.

Expert advice about cleaners and thinners

Technical advice represents a major element of our service to customers. Our expertise is crucial when it comes to recommending which solvent cleaners and thinners to use. It’s our job to know the exact substrates and products our adhesives are used on so that we can identify the relevant solvent system for you to obtain optimum results. These cleaning and thinning systems are often bespoke to our customers’ requirements and can be supplied in a variety of different container types.

This is where experience counts. We’ve handled and stored unique specialist solvents for many decades on our site at Melton Mowbray. As a result, we have the knowledge and ability to develop not just special cleaning formulas but also thinners that our customers often ask us for.

Cleaners for diverse uses

Solvent based cleaners have lots of uses – the main one being to clean contamination from oil or grease on a substrate prior to bonding. However, you can also use them to clean a gluing area, to remove surplus adhesive and to clean equipment. We formulate all our cleaners to meet your specific needs.

Some customers use solvent blend systems as a solvent weld adhesive where no gap fill is required. This is often the case on thin laminate materials such as PVC where a structural type adhesive does not cure or apply in the same way as a solvent weld adhesive system. We have developed and designed systems especially to work on specific materials and machinery. As a result, they are exclusive to our customers’ application methods.

Why are thinners so important?

Customers sometimes add bespoke solvent thinners to our solvent based adhesives to thin an adhesive down. The viscosity of a solvent based adhesive can thicken – this tends to happen if a container lid has been left off for a prolonged period of time. Adding the recommended solvent thinner to correct the viscosity of the adhesive makes it more viscous and easier to apply.

With such a variety of uses, our cleaners are vital to the range of products and services that we offer. So if you’re looking for an adhesive, you are also looking for a cleaner… even if you don’t know it!

You’re welcome to call us on + 44 (0)1664 480866 or get in touch for advice and guidance about our cleaners and thinners. We are here to help.

Cleaner No. 1

For use with Neoprene (polychloroprene) adhesives e.g. 949, 441

Cleaner No. 2 - Toluene

For use with Neoprene adhesives e.g. 4128 and used for rigid polystyrene welding.

Cleaner GP3 / Doro GP4

Cleaner No. 7 - MEK

For use with polyurethane adhesives e.g. 3353 etc.

Cleaner No. 9 - Acetone

Fast drying and can be used as a degreaser.

Cleaner No. 11

Cleaner 13 - IPA

General purpose glass cleaner.

Cleaner A501

PS100 Thinners / 920 – SBP 60/95

4224 Thinners / Solvent M – Methylene Chloride (Non-Flammable)

Plastaway 79/4 (4344)


White Spirits

Anglo Satreat Primer

Replaces mechanical scouring of most rubbers and greatly improves the adhesion of Anglo adhesives. Supplied in two parts that are mixed prior to use. Mainly used in the Footwear Industry.

Anglo EVA-UV primer

Promotes the adhesion of Anglo adhesives to EVA soling materials. It also contains a UV agent to indicate if materials have been treated.

Anglo Lacsol Primer

To remove emulsifying agents from the surface of soling materials – used in the Footwear Industry.

NOTE: All products can be supplied in additional container sizes to what is stated and prices are negotiable on reasonable volumes.

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