Metal bonding glue

Metal to metal glue 2105 structural adhesive


If you’re looking for a metal bonding glue, then we have lots to choose from. In short, it really depends on the application and what you are trying to bond together. We can bond most materials together though, using our very wide range of products and many years of experience.

Customers often search using the terms they are familiar with, and there’s a good chance you used one of them to get here too:

  • Metal to metal glue
  • Metal bonding glue
  • Metal glue
  • Glue for metal
  • Metal adhesive
  • GRP to metal glue

The list goes on of course, but all of our customers have a specific need… they want to join together two, sometimes more, similar or dissimilar items. You can’t use normal ‘glues’ to bond together GRP (Glass Fibre) and stainless steel for example, as they are just too diverse. They need an adhesive that has specific properties, allowing both materials to be correctly bonded together.  Likewise, metal that becomes bonded to another metal may have to carry a weight or ‘load’ that would cause lesser glues and adhesives to simply come apart. Not too much of an issue for a picture frame bracket, but think of a high-stress bonded aviation, marine or automotive component and you’ll know why countless hours of research and testing have gone into developing our products.


How do I bond metal to metal?

Take a look at our two part structural adhesive here which is suitable for a very wide range of metal bonding applications. We even have trial kits for sale so the price is kept very low!


How do I bond GRP to metal?

Check out our GRP to metal adhesive here. You’ll also see that it’s odour-free and can be used to bond GRP, FRP, composites, metals, plastics and more.


What if I need more advice?

That’s fine, many of our clients came here with a bonding problem that needed solving or a specific problem using other products. We are very approachable and aim to solve any clients’ bonding requirements. Our blog shows some of the diverse applications that our products are used for and also details how we worked with clients to resolve their problems.

We also supply in quantities from small to extremely large, so if your project is anywhere from hobbyist to large multi-national then we can probably help!

Have a browse through our site to see what you need or call us on the numbers above during office hours. You can also use our contact form here to get in touch with any questions.

caravan spongy bouncy floor repair kit

Caravan floor delamination repair

These are caravan floor repair instructions for our CTA 2640 1.1kg kit.  If parts of your caravan floor feel spongy or bouncy this can mean de-lamination.  The caravan floor is made from polystyrene (also called styrofoam) that is sandwiched between plywood and the base. De-lamination often occurs near the door or in the kitchen area, with heavy use the polystyrene can become squashed which creates the spongy or bouncy feel.

The de-lamination kit, with the help of the dowels to reinforce the floor, will harden the floor and restore your caravan floor stopping the bounce.

• Easy to use.
• Make sure areas to be reinforced are clean and dry.
• Drill 8mm holes in the de-laminated section 250mm apart in a diamond pattern.
• Mix Part A and Part B together, until a smooth consistency is produced.
• Draw product into syringe and squeeze into the holes that have been filled ensure enough product into the cavity (when it protrudes from the holes).
• Tap in dowels, clamp/place weights on panel until dry, ideally 24 hours, then sand area to remove excess adhesive and protruding dowels.
• Replace the carpet or vinyl covering.
• Covers approximately 1 square metre.

Can you replace a rotten floor in a caravan?

While not every caravan floor is capable of being repaired, our kit can repair those cases where the laminate and polystyrene are still structurally sound, just separated from each other. The whole process can usually be done in a few hours plus a curing time of 24 hours, during which there should be no foot traffic or movement to the floor area. If the floor is completely rotten then it is unlikely to be repairable.

Why do caravan floors delaminate?

Caravan flooring typically has an upper plywood that you walk on, a mid layer of polystyrene and a base layer of external plywood. They are bonded together with an adhesive that reduces performance over time and is also weakened by moisture. This leads to separation of either two or all layers. We call this ‘delamination’ and our solution is to inject our powerful adhesive by syringe into the gaps, using the method above.


If you would like further information about our caravan floor repair products, or need to decide if this kit is right for you, talk to our expert Mark Plimmer T: 0121 378 2909

You can also use the contact form here outside of UK office hours.

Follow this link to purchase or view our repair kit now: Caravan floor delamination repair kit

Crusher Backing resin compound for cone crushers

Crusher Backing resin compound for cone crushers is a 2 part polyurethane system used in cone crushers. It offers superb protection for the mantle and hopper.

Our CTA crusher backing resin is used as a shock absorbing compound that prolongs the life of the cone crushing machines. Quarrying and mining industries worldwide use our product as a cost saving flexible backing of low viscosity that flows into small cavities behind the manganese steel plates.

Also available with this product is our Crusher Backing Resin Release Agent. This is a wax based release agent which can be applied to the new mantle or hopper prior to pouring in the backing. This will allow the backing to be removed easily during the next service and manganese mantle change.

Why use CTA Crusher Backing Resin?

  • Easy application by machinery operators
  • Non-flammable means reduced transportation costs
  • Impact and shock resistance
  • Increased lifespan of equipment
  • Labour saving
  • Neatly packaged 10 kg kit
  • Part A is in a metal pail (8.33kg) and Part B is in a metal can (1.67kg).

Crusher Backing Resin Compound Kits

To ensure ease of application and reductions in transportation we decided to encompass the activator within the main tub of backing. This has been made possible by filling the activator into a foil bag, rather than traditional metal or plastic containers. Also reducing wastage and disposal of secondary container. The above images show how we have made this possible.

Advantages for purchasing from CTA Ltd

CTA are one of only a handful of suppliers who offer a NON-FLAMMABLE polyurethane as opposed to an epoxy resin. This results in reduced transportation costs for the customers and often a large reduction in paperwork and documentation required.

Contact us now for bulk discount and more information on our Crusher backing resin compound for cone crushers. To purchase a couple of kits or a full pallet of 80 kits please contact us.

Surface preparation for adhesives and best working practice

It is vitally important to ensure the maximum performance of the adhesive or tape is achieved, so we have put together this ‘best working practice’ for adhesive surface preparation.

It is always advisable to bond materials together in ambient temperatures i.e. between 15°C and 25°C . The first task before bonding your substrates is surface preparation, follow the guide below to ensure an optimum performance:

After selecting the correct adhesive, surface preparation is the most important thing you can do to achieve sufficient bond. This is because adhesives adhere to surfaces, and surfaces are often covered with dust, dirt, grease, oil, oxide films, rust inhibitors, and in the case of plastics, mould release agents. All these contaminants, even at a microscopic level, interfere with the adhesive doing its job. In fact, poor surface prep is the number one reason for bond failure.

For the strongest and most durable bonds, the goal is to apply adhesive to the substrate itself. However, often there are layers of surface contaminants that obstruct the surface. The ‘loose’ layer is all dust, dirt, and other loose particles. Beneath the loose layer lies surface oils and grease. Finally, there is sometimes an embedded layer clinging firmly to the surface such as rust, other oxide films, rust inhibitors, additives that have migrated to the surface such as mould release agents, and surface coatings like paint and sealants. All of the aforementioned prevent a strong bond, which is why surface preparation is so important.

We have put together a short video to show how easy surface preparation can be with our high-performance IPA cleaner and degreaser, primer and lint-free cloths


How much surface preparation do I need?

Below are our recommendations for preparing surfaces for adhesive bonding. Please note that all manufactured materials vary significantly, even within the same type, as a result of different additives and methods used in the manufacturing process. This is especially true for plastics. Always test first on samples to determine suitability.

As a general rule, the more surface prep you do, the stronger and more durable a bond. Minimal surface prep, such as wiping the area clean, might be fine for simple bonds. For structural strength bonds, more treatment is required.

Here are the types of surface prep you can do, in order of greater effectiveness:

  1. Clean the surface
  2. Degrease
  3. Abrade
  4. Surface Alteration

1. Clean the surface

Prior to bonding all surfaces must be made clean and dry ready to apply your adhesive. Remove as many surface contaminants as possible from the bond area, including dust, dirt, and grease. For delicate surfaces, clean off as much as is practical, especially any loose particles or surface films. If you use detergents or liquids to clean the surface, make sure the surface is dry and void of trace cleaners before applying adhesive. Ideally use CTA IPA

2. Degrease

The next step you can do is to degrease the surface. Degreasing removes all traces of oil and grease (even relatively clean surfaces have oils from fingerprints). If possible, use a solvent such as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), acetone, or isopropyl alcohol CTA IPA. Wipe the surface clean in one direction. We recommend degreasing whenever possible, because surface oil or grease will get in the way of almost all adhesives and weaken adhesion (with the exception of methacrylates).

How to test if your surface is clean and degreased: For many surfaces, especially metals, a simple test to determine if your surface is clean and degreased is to drip a few drops of water on the cleaned area. If the water spreads to cover the area with a continuous film, the bond area is clean. If the water beads, that means the surface needs to be degreased further. Remember that all surfaces need to be dry before bonding. Also, bond the surfaces as soon as is practical after cleaning and degreasing to avoid having a re-contaminated surface. Also this test will not work well for certain plastics, because the water might bead, even though the surface is not clean enough for bonding.

CTA IPA Cleaner / Degreaser Kit

3. Abrade

For the strongest and most durable bonds possible, we also recommend abrading. Abrading a surface gets rid of surface films, mill scale, paint, and oxides and also gives a much better area for the adhesive to “grip”. We only recommend abrading if practical for the material you are bonding. Use fine grain sand paper (120-200 grit), emery cloth, steel wool, or grit blasting. Abrade enough just to clean and roughen the surface. After an abrasion treatment, remember to remove all loose particles before applying adhesive. Brush the surface or blow with compressed air, and then degrease to clear away all loose particles and residual oils. Abrading and degreasing is enough surface preparation for all but the most demanding industrial applications.

4. Surface Alteration

Finally, some materials are simply difficult to bond. These include EPDM rubber, and “polyolefin” plastics (such as polyethylene, polypropylene, acetal, and hard nylon). Also, some metals such as copper, stainless steel, and aluminum are slightly more challenging to bond than other metals. If you are bonding these materials, you might need to change the surface properties or tension to get good adhesion. Specifically, these are considered low energy surfaces, and you need to alter the surface to increase the surface energy. This involves using chemical primers, scorching the surface, grit blasting, or acid etching the surface. Because all materials are slightly different, please call for advice or use our chat box to speak to an advisor. Always first determine if a solvent can be used without harming your material, especially in the case of plastics. Also, note that organic solvents are highly flammable. Follow all safety instructions and local regulations when using such solvents.

Surface preparation can be critical to achieving a satisfactory bond. Feel free to call our technical team to discuss any questions you may have.

Metal to metal bonding adhesives

With a wide variety of metal bonding adhesives available, CTA can offer great solutions for your project. We can supply in small amounts or offer bulk purchase solutions for larger businesses. Our experience in the industry is huge and our service is unrivalled.

Take a look now at our metal to metal bonding adhesive which is 2 part adhesive, suitable for bonding most metals and plastics. On that page you’ll also see how diverse the applications can be, it really is one of our most versatile adhesives.

You can purchase directly from our website in large quantities or even trial kits for smaller projects or to experiment with. If you need more help or friendly advice on adhesives for metal (or any other applications), give our team a call on 0121 378 2909 or drop us an email here

Single part adhesive

CTA 1000 series consists of all single part adhesives, whereby no mixing is required.

1000 Series single component adhesives

Hybrid adhesive

Adhesive Sealant 12126

Adhesive Sealant 15500 (Clear MS)

Pre Powder coat seam sealer 16002


Fire Protect Acrylic Sealant

Fire protection Intumecent Sealant


Colour Match Silicone Sealant

Colour Match Silicone Sealant


Cyanoacrylate adhesive

 Contact Adhesive

Single part adhesive


Thread lockers anaerobic

Bearing lock / Retainers Anaerobic


Polyurethane / MS Polymers / Silicone

UV Curing Adhesive

Single part adhesive

Hot Melts

  • 130012
  • 130015

Two part adhesives

CTA 2000 series consists of our two part adhesives, whereby the resin and activator are automatically mixed prior to application.


Two Part Structural Acrylic Adhesive

ProductWorking timeFixture timeTypeColourCartridge sizeSuitability
21042-4 mins4-7 minsAcrylicPink & green25 / 50 / 400mlMetals, plastics and composites
21055-7 mins7-10 minsMethacrylateNeutral / Black25 / 50 / 400mlMetals, plastics and composites
212012-15 mins20-25 minsMethacrylateNeutral / Black50 / 400mlMetals, plastics and composites
215035-40 mins40-60 minsMethacrylateNeutral50 / 400mlMetals, plastics and composites
21551-2 mins4-5 minsMethacrylateClear50 / 400mlSign making
22022-4 mins4-6 minsMethacrylateBlack50 / 490mlMetals, plastics and composites
22033-4 mins7-10 minsMethacrylateBlack50 / 490mlMetals, plastics and composites
22066-10 mins12-15 minsMethacrylateBlack50 / 490mlMetals, plastics and composites
26053-4 mins5-7 minsEpoxyClear25 / 50 / 400mlComposites, Plastics and Malleable metals
262025-35 mins40-45 minsEpoxyClear50 / 400mlComposites, Plastics and Malleable metals
25-5210 seconds15 minsPolyurethaneBlack50mlComposites and plastics

Open time varies from 4 – 50 minutes.

Toughened Epoxy Resins

Open time vary from 5 – 50 minutes.

Anchor Fixing

PU / Polyurethane Adhesive

Polyolefin Bonders

Aerospace adhesives and sealants

Aerospace adhesives and sealants from Central Tapes & Adhesives Ltd have been developed and tested over many years and can be used for applications such as bonding, filling and repair.

We are able to supply military specification products.  We are the UK & European distributors for Hernon® able to supply extreme high quality and specification products to the aerospace industry.  Call our technical team to discuss your application.

See also MOD Aerospace

Please contact us to discuss how we can help cut costs and bring our high quality products to your projects.

Fast Exhibition 2014

Fast Exhibition banner

Thank you for supporting us at the Fast Exhibition 2014, we hope you enjoyed your time at the Heritage Motor Centre as much as we did, it was nice to meet new people and say hello to some familiar faces.  We were overwhelmed with questions about our products and it was great to to spend some face to face time with you, providing technical support which is what we at CTA do best, provide innovative solutions to your bonding challenges.

This years exhibition we launched our Pre Powder Coat Seam Sealer which is technologically advanced in it’s making and a great addition to our already comprehensive metal bonding range.


Central Tapes & Adhesives Ltd are a midland based company, supplying specialist adhesive and tape solutions to numerous industries and niche market sectors.  The majority of our products are UK manufactured and supplied throughout the UK, Europe and Worldwide.

A team of people forward thinking, passionate about adhesive with numerous years of knowledge and expertise in the field.  We work hard to retain what is important to our customers;

• Innovative solutions – resolve bonding challenges & provide technical support.

• Improve production processes, eliminate bottle necks and reduce costs.

• Comprehensive range of quality bespoke and made to order products.

• Professional and effective customer service and reliable delivery.

Extensive portfolio of specialist adhesives; two part structural acrylic adhesives, polyurethanes, epoxies, Cyanoacrylate, anaerobic, high bond tapes and much more in our ever expanding product range.  In addition to the CTA brand we are the UK & European distributor for Hernon® Manufacturing, supplying extremely high specification products i.e. MIL specs, offshore etc. which complement our range.

If you are unable to attend the event.  However, wish to discuss any of our bonding range then please contact us, we can visit your premises and perform a demonstration, call our friendly technical team T: 00 44 (0) 121 378 2909 or e-mail us at [email protected] or contact us now!

MOD and Aerospace adhesive

MOD and Aerospace adhesive and sealants from Central Tapes & Adhesives Ltd have been developed and tested over many years and can be used for a variety of applications such as Bullet sealant, bonding, Thread & Bolt Locking and Bearing Sealants.

We are able to supply military specification products.  We are the UK & European distributors for Hernon® and able to supply extreme high quality and specification products to the MOD & aerospace industry.  Call our technical team to discuss your application.

Trusted Products for MOD Applications

The technological world leader for ammunition sealants and application machine technology, Hernon Manufacturing provides trusted, military-grade products for MOD applications.

For more than three decades, Hernon Manufacturing has been a proud supplier to the U.S. GSA and DLA, and our products continue to serve as the preferred adhesive and sealants for modern fighter jets, nuclear submarines, armed vehicles and more.

We make it simple to find the military-grade product you’re searching for. Simply search the Hernon product database by NSN number or Mil-Spec. For questions, recommendations or customized formulas for your application, talk with an engineer at CTA.

Ammunition Sealants and Other Solutions for Military Applications

Our dedication to providing solutions for the military continue to this day as our Research and Development team pursue specialty sealants for ammunition, explosives, mines missiles and more to support military applications.

Our military-grade adhesives certify to a military specification and have NSN National Stock Numbers used in military product cataloguing. We make it simple to find military-grade ammunition sealants and adhesives for MOD applications on this site.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help cut costs and bring our high quality products to your projects.

Suppliers of tapes and adhesives across the west midlands

CTA have been working closely with local businesses to resolve their bonding issues. They are Suppliers of Tapes & Adhesives across the West Midlands, Birmingham, SuttonColdfield, Erdington, Walsall, Halesowen and surrounding areas. Over the years it has been a main focus to support customers with technical knowledge and backup.

Suppliers of tapes and adhesives across the west midlands, UK, europe and worldwide.

For more information on our products please follow one of the below links:


Tapes Adhesives

In addition to supporting and being Suppliers of Tapes & Adhesives across the West Midlands cta are increasingly supplying across the length and breadth of the UK and Europe.

Adhesive Tapes | UK Tapes Supplier

CTA Ltd are an adhesive tapes supplier in the West Midlands, UK. We provide a wide range of adhesive tape types, including high bond foamed acrylic tapes, high performance tapes, thick double-sided tapes, thin double-sided tapes, single-sided tapes, hook & loop, re-closable fasteners and converted products, such as die cut.

Browse our range of adhesive tapes below and click the links for more information on the specific adhesive tapes we supply, many of which are available for online purchase.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us via the yellow chatbox, fill out our online contact form, email us at [email protected], or call us directly on +44 (0) 121 378 2909.
adhesive tapes - structural acrylic tape

6000 Series of Adhesive Tapes: Very high performance acrylic tapes

All adhesive tapes in our 6000 series are very high performance and can be used for demanding applications across various industries. Features include high temperature ratings (up to 220°C), high shear, and the ability to bond in both interior and exterior applications.

The 6000 series of foamed acrylic adhesive tapes can be used with high surface energy (HSE) materials, such as aluminium, and low surface energy (LSE) materials, such as polyolefin plastics.  The 6000 series consists of our strongest adhesive tapes, all with a distinctive red filmic liner.

 5000 Series of Adhesive Tapes: Thick double-sided tapesadhesive tapes - double-sided foam tape.

Our 5000 Series of tapes is a comprehensive range of quality foam-based adhesive tapes in a range of thicknesses and from high to low density. This range of adhesive tapes includes solvent acrylic, emulsion acrylic or hotmelt on both sides for each specific application.  The strongest adhesive tapes in the 5000 series are our CTA 5175 tapes, with a solvent acrylic adhesive and which has a distinctive green filmic liner. The rest of our 5000 series of adhesive tapes have either white or amber liners.

NOTE:  Some applications involve difficult to bond surfaces, where the need to increase the surface tension and the ability to bond a given surface is required.  We strongly recommend our CTA Primer or our unique UV Primer as an addition to your application.

4000 Series of Adhesive Tapes: Thin double-sided tapesadhesive tapes - thin double-sided tape

Our 4000 series of adhesive tapes is our largest group of thin double-sided tapes and includes tissue, PVC, scrim and perm peel. Most have either a white or amber liner. Use our product selector guide to see which adhesive tapes suit your application needs or contact us for more information.

NOTE:  If you are looking for the strongest of our thin double-sided tapes, look at our CTA 6105 (0.25mm thick), which has a similar price bracket to the 4000 series, but has similar features to the high performance 6000 series. It also has a distinctive red liner.

For any other variation or specific requirements please contact us.

NOTE:  Preparation is the key to a great bond and maintaining that bond. Always ensure substrates are clean, free from dust, dirt or grease. Even handling substrates can transfer natural residues from your skin.  Brand new substrates are not necessarily clean; they will have a residue and this can impact on the performance of your bond.  We recommend using an isopropyl alcohol-based product (that evaporates) to clean surfaces before applying tape or adhesive. See our CTA IPA Cleaner Degreaser for more information.

3000 Series of Adhesive Tapes: Single-sided tapes

Our 3000 series of adhesive tapes are self explanatory and do what they say in their description. These adhesive tapes include single-sided tapes for different purposes.

 7000 Series of Adhesive Tapes: Hook & Loop

adhesive tapes - hook and loop tape

8000 Series of Adhesive Tapes: Re-Closable fasteners

 Converted tape products

Converted tape products are pieces of foamed adhesive tapes cut or “die cut” for the purpose of individual application. These include simple 25mm dia circles on a thin single-sided cloth tape, to intricate shapes with cut-out pieces that fit a specific item, such as a circuit board or machine.

Send us your drawing (if you have one) and a tool can be made just for you. Talk to us about your application and with our technical knowledge, we will advise the product to suit your application and manufacture your die cuts. Contact us for more information.

For free technical advice on adhesive tapes, do not hesitate to contact us via the yellow chatbox, fill out our online contact form, email us at [email protected], or call us directly on +44 (0) 121 378 2909.

We supply adhesive tapes to a diverse range of industries and for various purposes. These include signage, point of sale, plastic moulding, metal fabrication, construction, automotive manufacturing, furniture building, recycling companies, and much more.

Many of our adhesive tapes are manufactured in the UK and we are proud to be supporting UK industry.

FAST Live Exhibition

CTA were proud to be exhibiting at the “FAST Live” Fastener Exhibition. FAST Live is the UK’s only specialist fastening, bonding and assembly exhibition for engineers, manufacturers and all types of tape, adhesive and fastener buyers.

We met lots of great people and enjoyed discussing our new and innovative products. Whatever you’re designing or manufacturing we can probably help to reduce your costs, solve bonding issues or increase production speeds. Our diverse range of products can help you to successfully join completely different materials together such as GRP to steel.

Event details

Date: Please note this event has now finished
Time: 08:30 – 14:30
Location: National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

Co-located with: Engineering Materials Live – the leading exhibition for UK engineers to source and specify plastic mouldings, composites, prototyped parts and advanced engineering materials.

What does your free badge entitle you to?

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free access to meet and do business with 70 leading suppliers of fasteners and advanced materials
  • Free attendance to technical seminars – delivered by Albis, EMS-GRIVORY, Intertronics, Phillips Screw Co and Plastribution View seminar agenda
  • Free entry to tour the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum (otherwise priced at £9.95)
  • Free parking, free breakfast roll (if you arrive before 10:30am) and free WiFi at the venue


If you want to chat before the event or would like us to bring any products specific to your requirements then please get in touch here


Hope to see you  at the next event!

Which Adhesive do I need?

Which Adhesive do I need?  A common question when determining which product to bond substrates together successfully.  This part of our website including it’s links are an informative guide to assist you in your quest for the right adhesive, giving a basic knowledge and understanding of common terminology used in the industry.

• Types of adhesives and adhesive terminology

Adhesive comparison; Advantages versus limitations

Structural Adhesives

Types of adhesive joints

Problem Solving

Problem Solving  this category has been designed to share our knowledge on all aspects of bonding to assist you with your projects and understanding of adhesive selection, Joint design, Loads and stresses on bonded joints.

At Central Tapes & Adhesives Ltd, we are always on hand to discuss your application, visit your premises and provide a demonstration and perform product trials on your behalf. We have the technical knowledge and experience in most industries, we keep up to date with competitor products available in the market place and go above an beyond to remain innovative in providing the best solutions in all your bonding needs.

Please use the following links to help with your adhesive selection:

Types of adhesives and adhesive terminology

Adhesive joint design

Adhesive stress loads

Calculate adhesive quantities

Conversion chart

• Surface preparation for adhesives and best working practice

Stress loads on adhesive joints

Stress loads on adhesive joints can vary from application depending on the substrates being bonded and how pressure/force is loaded upon a joint. It is difficult to determine how differing stress loads on adhesive joints may affect the overall performance and durability of a bonded joint within an application.   Various tests can be performed to ascertain each adhesives optimum performance and also what performance can be achieved when differing stresses are applied to a bonded joint.  Stress is a force applied to a bond, usually expressed in N/mm² (Newton’s per square millimetre) or MPa (Mega Pascals).

Below you will see a variety of diagrams with an explanation about the stresses commonly found in adhesive bonds.  One type of stress is Impact stress which occurs when a sudden force or shock is applied to a joint.  for more information on joints view adhesive joint design. 

Tensile Stress

Tensile stress:   to pull an object apart.  It also tends to elongate an object.



Compressive stress:  the opposite of tensile stress, compressive stress tends to squeeze an object together.Compressive Stress



Shear stress:  created by two surfaces sliding over one another.

Shear Stress




Cleavage stress:  occurs when a joint is being opened at one end.Cleavage Stress





Peel stress:  occurs when a flexible substrate is being lifted or peeled from the other substrate.

Peel Stress





To speak with out technical team on any of the above contact us.






Adhesive joint design

Adhesive joint design can vary tremendously dependent upon materials, dimensions and various limitations.  This section has been put together to help determine and understand the numerous ways of bonding joints together and how this can benefit in strength and performance or adversely be detrimental to the overall performance and durability of the adhesive joint.

Their are many different attributes that need to be considered when metal bonding, these factors are types of joints, types of stresses and distribution of stress across the joint.

Types of joints

Please view the images on this page to assist in understanding popular joints.  These images are cross sections of joints, grey signifies your chosen metal and blue signifies adhesive.

Double Lap Joint

Double lap joint:   Incorporates two lap shear joints in one.

Butt joint:   Formed by bonding two objects end to end.

Butt Joint


Joggle lap joint:   Offset joint very similar to the lap joint.

Joggle Lap Joint


Lap/Overlap joint:   Formed by placing one substrate partially over another substrate. Lap Overlap Joint

Scarf joint:   An angular butt joint.  Cutting the joint at an angle increases the surface area.Scarf Joint

Cylindrical joint:   Uses a butt joint, to join two cylindrical objects.Cylindrical Joint


Single or Double strap joint:   A combination overlap joint with a butt joint.

Strap Joint

Double Strap Joint

Buiscuit Lid Joint


Biscuit Lid Joint:  a variation on a joggle lap joint


Flange Joint


Flange Joint:  A variation on an overlap joint




Toggle joint:  Formed by fitting the two substrates together in a ‘tongue and groove’ type formation

Toggle Joint



Stepped lap joint:  a variation of a lap shear jointStepped Lap Joint


If you would like to discuss adhesive joint design further, please contact our technical team.








How much adhesive do I need?



How much glue do I need?    How much adhesive will I get out of a cartridge?

These are the most common questions asked of our technical team here at CTA. Below you will find a quick reference guide to the most popular cartridge and bulk formats used to dispense different adhesives. When dispensing or applying adhesives, you will most likely apply a linear bead. Depending on your application this could be differing greatly in volume and rate of delivery. We have calculated volumes and therefore lengths of the most commonly used beads per tube, cartridge or pail of adhesive. This will help you to answer the question “How much adhesive do I need?”

Bead length chart for CTA Adhesive products

Use the above chart to determine the approximate bead length for any CTA cartridge, tube or bulk application in comparison to the bead profile. To calculate the cost of adhesive per part produced, divide the cost per cartridge (or price per gallon for the bulk applications) by the appropriate bead length given above, and then multiply by the length of the bond line on the part.

For any technical help or to talk through your requirements with a member of our team, please call us or use the quick contact form here

Adhesives for transport

Adhesives for transport, CTA’s extensive portfolio of transportation tapes & adhesives are all high specification, quality items, necessary for today’s demanding market.  Our high performance products are often used by many OEM’s and meet with the engineers requirements. At Central Tapes & Adhesives Ltd we offer a wide range of customised solutions in order to improve manufacturing processes.  We offer adhesives for the transport industry with a diverse range of applications.  Typical usages include bonding exterior/interior trim, roof cladding and badges right the way through to DIY repair kits for caravan floors.

We can also help you to find a product that will be cost-effective and durable for bus, truck and trailer manufacture and refurbishment including body panels, flooring and more. For rail, we can assist in your rolling stock assembly and retrim/reflooring.

Over the years we have developed processes for exterior panel bonding using one of the following product ranges:

Adhesives for transport application

Within the different transportation sectors we have assisted in the development of many different production processes with our customers. The key sectors that we work with are:

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Shopfitting adhesive and tape

Shopfitting adhesive and tape is available from Central Tapes & Adhesives.  We hold products ex-stock to suit all shop fitting applications from our contact adhesives to double sided tapes, all high performance products and competitively priced within the market place. Our products are used extensively within the industry and capable of bonding woods, metals, plastics, glass and other materials used when shopfitting, such as bonding panels with contact adhesives or glass cabinets and shelf production, using our UV adhesives.

Shopfitting adhesive and tape

Below are some of our most popular products used by our shop fitter customers;

Clear foamed acrylic tape 6110c

Double sided foam tape 5310

Double sided tape 4202

Two part structural adhesive 2105


Cyanoacylate (Super Glue) 1115 HV

Contact adhesive 1217

Mirror adhesive

Glass & Metal bonder UV2

Shopfitting adhesive and tape technical support

All of the products in our shopfitting range are manufactured in the United Kingdom.  We offer technical support and assistance. We recommend you surf our website to find a product of interest then telephone our technical team to discuss your application. The products shown are just a snap shot of our biggest sellers!  Contact us through our website.