Guest Post: The Perfect Frame Adhesive By RhinoTech

Basically, every screen maker/screen printer needs a great frame adhesive. So…we’ve gleaned information from RhinoTech regarding screen printing frame adhesives that have proven to work  flawlessly. In Part 1, we’ll lay out the specifics of RhinoMite that is a two-part adhesive. We recommend this product from our own research with our screen frames (of all types) that will leave you with no doubts about its performance. And this is important for you as a screen printer/screen maker because we want you to have an adhesive that WORKS, is highly affordable and has a much longer pot life than any other on the market today – we know, we’ve tried them.

Being profiled today is Frame Adhesive # 1: RhinoMite and its characteristics that are:

Durability – the adhesive creates a permanent bond when bonding mesh to frame; it is abrasion resistant and stands up under wear and tear during the daily reclaiming of a screen for reuse (using chemical screen and press wash). RhinoMite can be removed with a frame adhesive remover like ARP 2600.

Flexibility  – designed so that during use under squeegee pressure, the frame adhesive  won’t release from the frame.  And this characteristic is important to ensure its long lasting durability.

The Minimal or Low Odor Factor – what can we say about this other than it is important that a screen maker NOT be overwhelmed with an odor-producing product, so viola! RhinoMite has a very low odor.

Red or Clear Color – RhinoMite is available in either color at the prerogative of screen printer who either wants to see the adhesive as it is applied on the frame or not.

Long Pot Life – this is especially critical and, unlike other products that have a short 1 – 3 hour pot life, RhinoMite Frame Adhesive can be used up to 5 days after catalyzed when properly sealed in an air tight container.  Screen printers get the benefits of a product easy to work with over a period of time with less waste of adhesive, money and time. This is not available in other non-RhinoTech products.

Variety of Viscosities – this is important when a screen maker is using many different grades of mesh counts. Because RhinoMite Frame Adhesive is available in 15, 17 and 19% solids content,  the thinner the adhesive the easier it is to penetrate through the weave of high mesh counts (305 and higher) to enable a thorough, superior bond to frame.

Part 2 of our Frame Adhesive story continues with RhinoBond that is an Instant Screen Frame Adhesive available in a Variety of Grades. The grades include:      1) Performance – that is the highest grade of frame adhesive on the market today. It is used to bond mesh to screen when stretching at a very high tension of 40 Newtons +;  2) Economy – this a cost saving frame adhesive  that also has bonding power of up to 30+ Newtons. Use this product when performance grade tensile strength isn’t paramount; 3) Toughened – this is the most widely-used grade of frame adhesive used. It has been designed specifically for the textile industry when screens are being stretched at approximately 25 Newtons.  This product also has greater flexibility than the Economy and Performance grades. 

Additional characteristics of RhinoBond:

Cures at the Speed of Light – when the frame adhesive has been applied to mesh and frame and then sprayed with an aerosol or pump spray activator (primer), RBP 1500, the adhesive will cure within 10-30 seconds dependent on the grade of product used (Performance, Economy, Toughened). The frame can be used immediately.

Durability – the adhesive creates a permanent bond when bonding mesh to frame; it is abrasion resistant and stands up under wear and tear during the daily reclaiming of a screen for reuse (using chemical screen and press wash). RhinoBond can be removed with a frame adhesive remover like ARP 2600.

The Minimal or Low Odor Factor – what can we say about this other than it is important that a screen maker NOT be overwhelmed with an odor-producing product, so viola! RhinoBond has a very low odor.

Multiple Viscosities – RhinoBond is available in a range of viscosities from  thin to  thick viscosities. For example the lower the product number (RBA5) the thinner it is and the easier it is to penetrate through high mesh counts.  The higher the product number (RBA900) the thicker the product and   the easier it is to penetrate low mesh counts (25-85) as the frame adhesive will fill the open areas between the threads to offer a secure bond.

For screen makers who don’t inventory multiple viscosities, the most versatile and widely-used product on the market available today is a 100 cPs (viscosity) product offered by RhinoTech. This is a middle of the road screen printing frame adhesive that works on most commonly used mesh counts, 110-260, in the textile screen printing industry.

Thank you very much to Shelley Markus of RhinoTech for this information packed guest blog post about RhinoMite frame adhesive. You can find RhinoTech’s complete line of products including the heat transfer dry stencil system on the Catspit Productions website where you can purchase these products with a 5% discount off list pricing and free shipping on orders over $50. Just visit the Print Supplies for RhinoTech. Thanks much to Shelley and Greg at RhinoTech for bringing these offers to the Catspit Productions audience.

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