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Neoprene Gasket Chemical Resistance: Read This Before You Choose a Material

By Scott Chambers on Dec 22, 2021 8:15:00 AM

Nature gave us one of the best gasket materials possible — rubber. Natural rubber can stretch and has the same elasticity in all directions, something wholly unique to the material. 

But the problem with natural rubber is that it can degrade over time — just like anything from nature — and while it does offer certain resistances, it can be vulnerable to oils and chemicals. That means it doesn’t always make the best choice for gasketing material. That’s where neoprene steps in.

Neoprene is a hugely popular and widely used material for gasketing material. You’re probably experiencing it in your house or workplace at this very instant. Neoprene gasket chemical resistance in particular is quite impressive, which is one of its biggest draws.

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How Does Gasket Tape Compare to Alternative Gasket Adhesives?

By Scott Chambers on Dec 7, 2021 7:30:00 AM

“Tape? Spray? Glue? What should I do?” Rhyming questions aside, when considering all the materials needed for a successful custom gasket, it is crucial to factor in the type of adhesive needed. 

The right adhesive depends on numerous factors:

  • the purpose of the gasket (permanent seal vs. temporary seal)
  • the composition of the material it’s bonding to (natural rubber? foam? steel?)
  • what the gasket is meant to contain (water? chemicals? air?)

You have several adhesive types to consider for the task. The most common gasket adhesives are gasket glue, spray, liquid, and gasket tape. Each adhesive type has its own unique characteristics that must be understood before calling on them for your gasketing project.

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Top 5 Benefits of Using Heat-Resistant Gasket Material

By Sue Chambers on Nov 29, 2021 8:00:00 AM

“High temperature” in the industrial world means something entirely different than what you’ll see during the evening weather forecast. When machines are working hard to create products or keep operations running smoothly, moving parts, chemical reactions, and even the substances being used can conjure up scorching temperatures that must be kept in check. 

When you account for these extreme temperatures with the proper equipment, including a suitable gasketing material, you can keep productivity moving at a regular pace. To illustrate this, we’ve gathered the top 5 benefits of using heat-resistant gasket material for your reference.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Rubber Gasket Seal Adhesive

By Sue Chambers on Nov 23, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Simply put, a gasket seal prevents a liquid or air (most often) from going somewhere you don’t want it to go or doing something you don’t want it to do.

Gaskets can be made of metal, plastic, silicone, polymers, neoprene, foam, or rubber. A majority of the time, an adhesive holds them in place, depending on the application (of which there are literally thousands). Yet, not all gasket applications require an adhesive. For instance, some are held on by mechanical fasteners: bolts (classic car engine) or screws (watch).

None of this is news to you, likely, but here’s something new. Think of gaskets as the function it performs, not the construction of the piece itself (its material or shape). So, a gasket can simply be a piece of 3M VHB tape used in a cell phone screen to prevent rainwater from entering, or a piece of double sided tape used within a membrane switch touch panel.

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What Is a Gasket? Everything You Need to Know

By Scott Chambers on Jul 14, 2021 12:39:19 PM

Gaskets are everywhere. They’re in your car, at work, even in the air! A gasket is a common term used to describe any seal or grommet that holds two things together. You can make gaskets from rubber, plastic, metal, and other materials. The material choice depends on why you need to use a gasket.

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