Microsphere Technology

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What is Microsphere
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Repositionable adhesive
note pads

Enhance everyday items
with microspheres.

Clean release
removeable adhesive

No residue or
damaged surfaces.

A Look at Microsphere Technology

Microspheres are tiny particles measuring between 10 and 250 microns (1 millionth of a meter) in diameter. Individually invisible, when grouped together microspheres have a very visible effect. At H.B. Fuller, we’ve harnessed the power of microsphere technology to formulate water-based acrylic microsphere adhesives with ready-to-go formulations — as well as our unmatched customization capabilities — to meet your unique requirements.


Graphic for removable and repositionalable microsphere adhesive.

Everyday Enhancement

Manufacturers are finding that commodity removable and ultra-removable adhesives have their shortcomings, and maybe some liabilities. Microsphere adhesives eliminate these issues, while also enhancing everyday items like:

  • Labels that can be removed without leaving any visible residue, markings, or damage
  • Photo albums
  • Consumer advertising
  • Masking tapes
  • Wall or window decals, graphics, and wallpapers
  • Removable note pads


 

Reform the Norm

At H.B. Fuller we have three ready-to-go microsphere formulations:

  • MS1000 Series Adhesives (adhesive notepads and news notes)
  • MS2000 Series Adhesives (Paper, self-wound rolls)
  • MS3000 Series Adhesives  (Paper and films, wall graphics, decals and signage)

The formula’s size difference impacts the adhesive tack, as contact between microspheres and surfaces occurs at the top of the spheres.

These formulas are far from your only options, with our team at H.B. Fuller boasting the longest track record of developing custom adhesive solutions. If you have a special project, we can create a unique formula to meet your needs and even provide technical support on how to properly coat.

Benefits of Microspheres

Emulsion adhesives coalesce to form a continuous film that’s uneasy to remove or reposition. Moreover, emulsion adhesives tend to build tack over time and become a more permanent bond. Microsphere adhesives, however, overcome these issues thanks to a size difference in their emulsion particles that reduces the contact area for a more controlled tack. This allows microsphere adhesives to form a discontinuous bonding film, resulting in a more stable tack with low peel and high removability.
 
Specifically, our removable and repositionable microsphere adhesive maintains its integrity for long periods of time without leaving any residue or damage to surfaces. The UV stable, low VOC adhesive works across multiple surface types and allows for the use of non-silicone release coatings in some instances (which are less expensive than silicone release). They also have a high temperature resistance (up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit).   

 

Contact us today to discover the advantages of switching to microsphere adhesive technology.

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