No, none of our LePage® Silicone sealants are paintable. Ensure that the area around your project is painted prior to applying the silicone.
This is a very difficult question to answer. One must understand the nature of the sealing job that has to be done and determine the flexibility and performance characteristics that are required. In most cases, a sealant having high flexibility and elastomeric-like properties will most probably offer the best sealant choice especially for outdoor use. Generally, an exterior sealant requires greater flexibility in order to withstand the extreme conditions. Contact our Technical Service Help Line at 1-800-624-7767 to discuss your current project and to receive a specific product recommendation.
No, this sealant is designed for interior use only,
All of our LePage® PL® Polyurethane sealants are similar in terms of performance and characteristics therefore it is possible to interchange them depending on the project requirements.
No, our QUAD® Advanced Formula Sealant should be used for exterior applications only. It should never be used indoors especially in occupied structures as it has n extremely strong odour which lingers through the full curing process.
Yes, We have two possible Latex-based sealants in our LePage® Sealant line-up which can be used for both interior and exterior applications.1. LePage® GreenSeries™ All-Purpose Sealant is especially formulated for sealing gaps and cracks around doors and windows, indoor and out.2. LePage® Ultra Seal® Windows & Doors is a high performance sealant designed especially for exterior applications. It contains a patented Rain Guard™ Technology which allows uncured sealant to resist washout caused by early rain exposure.
Latex sealants are generally categorized into three performance groups - Low, Medium and High Performance. Each group has special characteristics. Low-end sealants have minimum flexibility but are excellent for repairs to drywall and filling cracks around baseboards. Medium-grade sealants offers good flexibility and fast skinning. The high-end sealants offer the best flexibility, strength and performance.
In general, Latex-based sealants have always been susceptible to washout due to early exposure to inclement weather especially soon after an application. The LePage® Ultra Seal™ Window & Doors Sealant contains a very special ingredient which helps to prevent this washout. It is the only sealant in the marketplace which has this characteristic
Clear latex-based sealants will always initially extrude white but will turn clear as it dries. Oftentimes if the clear sealant is exposed to water before it has fully dried it may temporarily turn white again. With time as it dries out, it will turn clear again.
It's important that before caulking any joint, gap or crack that the area be cleaned thoroughly. All old caulk, dirt, oil, residues and most importantly any existing mold & mildew must be cleaned before any caulk or sealant can be applied. To remove the existing mold & mildew use a mixture of bleach and water with a non-abrasive scrub sponge on all surfaces where caulk is to be applied (Note: Do not use ammonia when using bleach. Bleach and ammonia combined produce dangerous gases. This can be harmful to your health. It is also recommended that when using bleach the area be well ventilated.).
Once an area is caulked and has fully cured, the best way to prevent future mold & mildew is to wipe clean all areas after they get wet.
No, the LePage® PL® Construction Adhesives are all different. Each one is specially formulated and designed for a specific application. Read all packaging carefully.
LePage® PL® Premium is a revolutionary construction adhesive that provides superior results and is safe to use. It may be used inside or outside and it lasts as long as the surfaces it joins together. Since the bonding strength of PL® Premium is so strong, it offers twice the coverage of conventional construction adhesives therefore much less adhesive is required to complete the job. It is also waterproof, paintable and cures even in cold temperatures. It meets and exceeds AFG-01, ASTM D3498 and ASTM C557 specifications making it ideal for sub-floor installations.
LePage® PL® Premium is a moisture cure adhesive. Once you get it on your hands, the moisture on your skin will cause the adhesive to temporarily stain your hands brown / black. We strongly recommend the use of disposable gloves while using LePage® PL® Premium or any other polyurethane adhesives. It is important to keep PL Premium off your skin as much as possible.
LePage® PL® Premium is very difficult to remove once it is cured. Therefore, it is extremely important to clean up any spills of PL® Premium before it has a chance to cure. A cloth dampened with mineral spirits will help to remove any uncured PL® Premium from surfaces and tools. Once PL® Premium has cured however, it can only be removed by mechanical abrasion (i.e. scraping or sanding). Soaking the area in LePage® Poly® Super Strippa first will help in softening the adhesive however this will cause damage to any finished surfaces. Test area before use for compatibility.
Each individual LePage® PL® Construction Adhesive is designed to do a specific job and the strength factor is geared for that specific job. It is very important to understand the nature of the job at hand and to select the proper adhesive for that job. Read the label and if you are still unsure, please contact the LePage® Technical Service Department at 1-800-624-7767.
Yes, you can paint all the PL® Construction Adhesives once they are fully cured. We suggest waiting at least 5 days prior to painting to ensure that the adhesive is fully cured.
Flashing or Venting is extremely important when using a solvent-based adhesive in the installation of foamboard insulation or tub/shower surrounds. These materials are susceptible to attack from the solvents which can result in burn-through or etching. It is also important to do when bonding two non-porous materials as the drying speed will be lengthened due to lack of pores for solvent evaporation. The adhesive is applied to one surface, the substrates are then bonded together, then pulled apart for a period of 2 5 minutes to allow the solvents to evaporate off and then the parts reassembled. Flashing or venting the adhesive also generates a higher tack value thus offering better holding power.
Yes, both of the LePage® solvent-based contact cements can be used if they have been frozen. This includes: LePage® Pres-tite Blue Contact Cement and LePage® Pres-tite® Gel Contact Cement. It is important to allow the container to thaw out at room temperature. The larger the container, the longer the period of time is required to thaw the material. Once LePage® Pres-Tite® Green Latex Contact Cement has been frozen it is permanently damaged and cannot be used. During the winter months, ensure that it is stored at room temperature to prevent damage.
We recommend a very low nap roller or sponge roller. The use of a thicker roller will generate an uneven coat over the surface.
The solvent-based contact cement is not compatible with foam insulation as it will attack it and the latex-based contact cement cannot be used on the metal substrate as it may cause corrosion. Therefore, apply Pres-tite® Blue Contact Cement (solvent-based) to the metal and apply Pres-tite® Green Contact Cement to the foamboard. Observe the recommended drying times for both adhesives, join and press together.
In general, the solvent-based contact cement should be allowed to dry for 10 to 15 minutes before joining the pieces together. The latex contact cement should be allowed to dry for 30 to 40 minutes . The temperature and humidity play an important role during the open time. The above guidelines are based on 23°C and 50% relative humidity. Heavy adhesive application, high humidity or llow temperatures will lengthen the time for adequate drying. Higher temperatures will speed up the evaporation rate.Test for dryness by pressing a small piece of clean Kraft paper on the adhesive. If no adhesive transfers to the paper then the adhesive is dry enough to bond. If the surfaces are left to dry beyond one hour, applying another thin coat will reactivate the adhesive. Again the adhesive must be allowed to dry before bonding. When adequately coated, dry contact cement should have a uniform, glossy appearance. Any dull spots indicate a second coat of adhesive is required. Dull spots occur because either too little adhesive was applied or because of excessive absorption into the surfaces.
There are two possible causes for the bubbling in your countertop. Firstly, it may be that you did not allow all the solvent to evaporate from the adhesive film prior to bonding the laminate to the particleboard. The solvent vapour that remains entrapped between the two surfaces may expand with the temperature in the room and cause a bubble to form. The second possible cause may be when the laminate was laid over the surface of the particleboard, it was laid directly flat to the surface instead of at a slight angle to the surface thereby causing entrapment of air.
There are two possible ways to remove the bubbles from your countertop. One, try to undo the laminate near the area where the bubble occurs by sliding a very thin knife or object under the laminate towards the bubble. This frees up an escape route for the air to pass from the bubble. Take an iron, set it to "cotton setting" and carefully lay it on a soft cloth on the countertop near the bubble. Work the bubble out towards the side of the countertop where you had placed the thin object to form an escape route. Be very careful, as the iron will be quite hot. Allow the surface to cool down. The adhesive should re-bond itself and the bubble should disappear. The second approach to removing a bubble from your countertop would be to drill a very small hole roughly ¼ OD underneath the countertop into the bubble. Be very careful not to drill through the plastic laminate. Use the above method with the iron to work the air down through the hole. The hot iron method will reseal the adhesive and the bubble should go away
The risk of too much uncontrolled humidity below-grade is too great. This may generate a problem of swelling of the parquet flooring itself which in turn may affect the adhesive.
This may be a result of not allowing enough expansion around the perimeter of the room. We recommend the allowance of 1/2-inch spacing around the perimeter of the room to allow for expansion of the parquet floor tiles. It may also be a situation whereby the parquet floor tiles were not acclimated to room temperature prior to the application. The absorption of humidity and water from the adhesive may cause the floor to swell too much. It is important to open all packages of the parquet flooring to allow them to acclimate for upwards of three days at room temperature before the adhesive application. The adhesive should also be at room temperature.
It is recommended to use G1S plywood, exterior grade. Do not use presswood, particleboard, wafer board or chipboard. These boards are dimensionally unstable.
Make sure that the concrete floor is free of repellent coatings that could adversely affect the adhesion. Loose paint should be scraped or sanded from the floor. The cement should not have any powdered residue or efflorescence. Sweep or vacuum the floor just before applying the adhesive.
No, LePage® products are sold exclusively in Canada.
Firstly, the success of the adhesive used to bond metal is in the preparation. All metal surfaces should be wiped down with alcohol or Acetone before any adhesive is applied. LePage® offers a number of adhesives that can be recommended for the bonding of various materials to metal. For large construction jobs such as installing paneling to metal studs, we recommend the use of LePage® PL® 200, PL® 9000 or PL® Premium. For smaller jobs, one can use LePage® Epoxy Steel or LePage® Speed Set Epoxy. To confirm which product is ideal for your particular application, please contact our Technical Service Department at 1-800-624-7767.
In most cases, consumers are unsure of what type of plastic they are working with. This can complicate matters as different plastics require different types of adhesives. Plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene nylon are very common plastics used in today's market however they are extremely difficult to bond. We recommend using LePage® Super Glue All Plastics. Polystyrene, on the other hand, is relatively easy to bond but very susceptible to attack from solvent adhesives. In the case of installing a polystyrene, acrylic or ABS tub surround we recommend using LePage® PL® 700 or LePage® No More Nails® Tub Surrounds. To confirm which adhesive is ideal for your particular application, please contact our Technical Service Department at 1-800-624-7767.
Flashing or Venting is extremely important when using a solvent-based adhesive in the installation of foamboard insulation or tub/shower surrounds. These materials are susceptible to attack from the solvents which can result in burn-through or etching. It is also important to do when bonding two non-porous materials as the drying speed will be lengthened due to lack of pores for solvent evaporation. The adhesive is applied to one surface, the substrates are then bonded together, then pulled apart for a period of 2 - 5 minutes to allow the solvents to evaporate off and then the parts reassembled. Flashing or venting the adhesive also generates a higher tack value thus offering better holding power.
Extrude water-based adhesives or sealants onto a newspaper, allow to harden and dispose of with household garbage. Important: Do not keep within reach of children and animals. The empty containers can then be recycled. Take unwanted solvent-based products to an approved household hazardous waste transfer facility.
Super Glue, also known as Cyanoacrylate, has the ability to bond skin instantly. Gloves and protective clothing should be worn while using this adhesive. One should exercise caution and treat Cyanoacrylate adhesive with great care
Epoxies cure by a chemical reaction. Both the resin and hardener need to be mixed carefully together in a 1:1 ratio. Because Epoxy cures by a chemical reaction, it is very important to mix part A and part B together carefully. Not mixing the resin and hardener together effectively will not allow the chemical reaction to take place properly and as a result, the Epoxy will remain soft.
Epoxies are designed to react when the resin and hardener are mixed together at a specific ratio (1:1), therefore adding more hardener may offset that chemical reaction as well as the properties of the Epoxy. As a result, the Epoxy will not harden properly
In general, Epoxy should be applied at room temperature. In colder temperatures, the epoxy curing rate will slow down. It may require heat to help generate the cure. Always keep the Epoxy at room temperature in order to ensure the best cure rate.
Each LePage® epoxy product can withstand different temperature limits. In general, once the epoxy has cured it can withstand temperatures up to 150°C (302°F).
As with all chemicals, one must always exercise caution in using Epoxy. Ventilation is always required and one should always protect the skin from contact using disposable gloves or barrier creams. Any sensitivity to Epoxy should be treated by a medical professional.
Using a little Acetone on a cloth can clean up epoxy in the wet state. In the dried state however, epoxy is extremely difficult to if not impossible to clean without abrading.
Yes, LePage® Glue Sticks are Acid-Free. They are also solvent-free, non-toxic and washable at 30°C (86°F). Ideal for children.
No, the PL Construction adhesives are all different. Each one is specially formulated and designed for a specific in use. Read all packaging carefully.
The LePage Bulldog Grip PL Premium Construction adhesive represents the latest in Urethane Technology. This exceptionally strong adhesive has low odour, is nonflammable and bonds almost every construction adhesive material available except for plastic. It is very user-friendly and it stands alone as the "gold standard" of construction adhesives in the marketplace today.
Because PL Premium is a moisture cure system, the moisture on your skin will cause the adhesive to turn your hands black. We strongly recommend the use of disposable plastic gloves when using PL Premium. If this is not possible, then we recommend the use of a barrier cream. It is important to keep PL Premium off your skin as much as possible.
PL Premium is very difficult to remove once it is cured. It is important to clean any surface of PL Premium before it has had a chance to dry. A cloth dampened with mineral spirits will help to remove PL Premium in the wet state. Tools can be cleaned by wiping with a dry cloth. Once PL Premium has cured however, it can only be removed by abrading. PL Premium is resistant to solvent when cured and as a result solvents have little effect on the cleaning of PL Premium.
Each individual PL Construction adhesive is designed to do a specific job and the strength factor is geared for that specific job. If you feel that your job is heavy-duty, then is recommended that you use a heavy-duty adhesive such as PL 400 or PL Premium. It is very important to understand the nature of the job at hand and to select the proper adhesive for that job. Read the label and if you are still not sure, please contact the LePage Technical Service Department.
Yes, you can paint all the PL Construction adhesives when they are fully cured. We suggest a curing period of 5 days prior to painting to be absolutely sure the product is fully cured.
Unfortunately there is little you can do. If the cap has become loose or broken, the material will dry out. Make sure it is properly sealed when not in use to prevent this from happening.
This may be a result of the packaging of the Super glue. In some instances it is quite possible that when these tubes are filled, the filling station may miss a tube. Should this be the case, please contact the LePage Customer Service Department to report the incident.
The best way to generate a different shade is to intermix the Interior / Exterior and Tinted Wood Fillers that LePageÂ® offers. Do not intermix the Latex-based wood filler systems with the LePageÂ® Plastic WoodÂ® filler, as they are not compatible. Also remember that the interior and exterior wood fillers should not be mixed together if they are to be used outdoors.
Yes, you can intermix the LePage® latex-based wood fillers, but do not mix the interior and exterior wood fillers together if they are going to be used outdoors.
The Latex-based wood fillers are damaged by freezing and therefore should always be stored indoors at room temperature. LePageÂ® Plastic WoodÂ® is safe to be frozen and can be used after it has thawed out.
You can add a little Acetone to the container and try mixing it in. It is important to remember to keep the container covered as much as possible during use. Once finished with the container, cover it tightly to prolong its shelf life and to keep it from drying out. Adding too much Acetone however may change the properties of the Plastic Wood.
Wood is a natural product whereas wood fillers are synthetic. As a result, the stain will penetrate at a different rate. It is always recommended that you do a small test piece prior to staining, to make sure the appearance is as you expect. Blending of the various latex-based wood fillers to match the wood will always help prior to staining. Remember, do not mix Plastic WoodÂ® with the Latex Wood Fillers as they are not compatible.
Most probably what has happened is that the ingredients have picked up moisture over time. The material should not be used and you should return the box to the store where you purchased it.
Each LePage® Poly® Patch & Repair product is designed for a specific use and application. Poly Filla® Powder is a cellulose-reinforced, gypsum based filer that can repair cracks and holes of any size without shrinking or cracking. It can be mixed to any consistency depending on the project. Poly Filla® Big is a lightweight, one-step, non-shrinking spackling compound ideal for repairing big holes. Formulated for interior or exterior use. Minimal sanding is required. Poly Filla® Prep is a premium filler which produces the best paint results as it smooths out any surface imperfections and sands to a smooth, dent resistant
finish. Poly Filla® Instant is often referred to as the Painter's Companion as it is a fast drying filler ideal for repairing small holes and cracks. For interior use only. Poly® Flexible Filler is a super smooth, water resistant filler that remains permanently flexible for use inside and outside of the home. It compensates for material movement and is ideal for repairing recurring cracks and gaps.
LePage® Plastic Wood® and LePage® Tinted Wood Filler should be filled in layers no thicker than ¼"; LePage® Interior/Exterior Wood filler should be filled in layers no thicker than ¾". Allow for each layer to dry between applications.
We recommend adding the powder to the water with mixing. Try not to beat air into the mix by whipping it too fast. In some cases, it's necessary to let the mix sit for about 10 minutes prior to use. Read the package instructions carefully.
The temperature of the air, the wood glue and the wood itself must be above the Minimum Film Forming Temperature (MFFT) or the Chalk Temperature. Below this temperature, the polymper particles cannot flow together and form a film thereby resulting in a white glue line. The MFFT for LePage® White Glue and Carpenter's Glue is 18°C (64°F) and for LePage® Outdoor Wood Glue is 10°C (50°F). The other reason is if the moisture content of the wood is less than 6% this can result in a white glue line as well. Be aware that a "white glue line" may generate a weaker bond.
LePage® Carpenter's Glue contains special additives which impart better sanding and tack values when compared to LePage® White Glue. The tensile strengths of both white and yellow wood glue are identical. However, the yellow wood glue,is the preferred choice for professional woodworkers especially when working with pine.
LePage® White Glue and Carpenter's Glue are safe up to 5 Freeze/Thaw cycles. Which means it will not be damaged if frozen and thawed up to 5 times. It is important to allow the container to warm up to room temperature and where possible, mix the product prior to use. We suggest gluing two pieces of scrap wood together to be sure the wood glue is functional, making sure that the glue line does not turn white. However, LePage® Outdoor Wood Glue is damaged by freezing after just one time.
The shelf life of our LePage® Wood Glues is 18 months from date of manufacture (unopened). Once opened there is always a risk that the wood glue will start to dry out. Make sure the container is tightly sealed when not in use and that the tip on the squeeze bottle is clean.
In some cases the glue can be recovered by the addition of a very small amount of water with mixing. Once used, it is very important to keep the container lids and spout tips clean and to make sure they are tightly sealed. Keep in mind that once the Wood Glue has been thinned out it may affect the ultimate bond strength of the product.