How Strong Is Your Sealant?

Adhesive Testing Can Give You That Answer

Adhesion is the bond strength measurement of a coating to a substrate. When an adhesive is bonded to an item or surface, numerous physical, mechanical and chemical forces come into play, which may have an effect on each other. These need to be tested before a product can be used. One of the primary features of closed cell polyurethane chemistry is the adhesion strength on almost any substrate.

Determination of the failure point can be critical for the final use of the material and the adhesive. There are a large number of different adhesive products, which require different testing methods to characterise the properties of the material. Some examples include substrates, glue, creams, gels, paints and varnishes and bonding of different materials together in layers, which all require a different adhesive test, some times called pull testing. We decided to test the Dry Wall Adhesive and the Black Can Foam to show you how strong these polyurethane foam sealants are.

Determination of the failure point can be critical for the final use of the materials, depending on the final product they have been designed for. Tests can also be done at different temperatures to simulate real world use for the materials. Material characteristics can change at high or low temperatures due to expansion and contraction. Hopefully this Spray Sealants Blog post can help you to determine which sealants you should choose when considering your next air sealing project.

TYTAN PRO Drywall Spray Adhesive

Drywall Nail Pops No Longer A Problem

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Selena USA, maker of TYTAN brand foam’s, adhesives and sealants. They have some very exciting new chemistry which we will integrate into many of our spray platforms and we see a tremendous opportunity to bring a new way of air sealing to drywall installation.

Rudy Ruiz, owner of RR “Drywall and Painting” in Yorkville, Illinois, regarding his experience with TYTAN’s Drywall Spray Adhesive, and he says it has performed better than he could imagine. He’s been in the drywall and painting business for 40 years and has seen it all with drywall installation, taping and painting issues. He does a lot of drywall installation and painting work for D.R. Horton, one of the biggest residential builders in the country.”

There are two problems he’s had to deal with that are the most important quality issues on any drywall job: screw pops and visible seams. As he said “they can make or break a drywall company like mine.”

In the past, he was using a solvent-based adhesive that worked pretty well, and kept the screw pops and seams to a minimum. But when the VOC regulations changed, it forced drywall contractors to use latex-based drywall adhesives.

Moisture immediately became a problem and it meant screw pops and seams were a big problem as the latex-based glue just didn’t perform anywhere close to the solvent-based adhesive. He said “we were seeing up to 200 screw pops per house and visible seams everywhere. And this was happening after only a couple of weeks. It used to be six months, after the house had settled, before you would get the screw pops, but with the latex adhesive, we were seeing them before we had even finished painting. It was really affecting the bottom line.”

But the good news is once he started using TYTAN Drywall High Yield Adhesive, he found that it has eliminated his screw pop and seams problem. He says “I’m not easily impressed with the performance of any product I have to use, but I am very impressed with this TYTAN drywall adhesive.”

By using TYTAN Drywall High Yield Adhesive he has seen a reduction of screw pops from 200 per house to just 10! And he doesn’t blame the adhesive for those. And No Seams! He says this adhesive has eliminated the seams he used to see all the time.

He also says “we’ve done enough drywall installation now with TYTAN that it works very well, truly much better than any other adhesive I’ve tried since the EPA regulations came down.”

And, yes, it saves him money. It is less expensive than the solvent glue, and he doesn’t need to use nearly as many screws so he’s saving there as well. And, of course the call backs are way down. For this drywall contractor TYTAN Drywall High Yield Adhesive has been a game changer, and he’s even recommending it to others in the industry.

The Spray Pod 2.0

A New Generation Of Portable High Pressure Machines

For over 5 years, Sealant Technologies, Inc. has been developing a simple to use portable spray foam machine that delivers two component polyurethane chemicals simply and affordably. The Spray Pod 2.0 launches in 2016, and it allows the operator to apply spray foams, air barriers and even air seal existing residential houses in a very affordable and seamless way. This allows the business to focus on doing what they do best, which is to make money. Do you have a house or a building that is in need of retrofitting? Why not add energy efficiency to that project? The Spray Pods 2.0 is the ultimate in portable high pressure spray foam equipment as it generates up to 3,000 psi.


Air barriers block random air movement through building cavities. As a result, they help prevent air leakage into and out of your home, which can account for 30% or more of a home’s heating and cooling costs. Although they stop most air movement, air barriers are not necessarily vapor barriers. The placement of air and vapor barriers in a structure is climate-dependent, and it’s wise to work with building professionals familiar with energy-efficient construction in your area.