The Science of FluoroGrip®

The Science of FluoroGrip®

Integument’s proprietary cold gas plasma surface modification is the science that makes it possible to apply adhesives and coatings that bond permanently to surfaces of any fluoropolymer film. These include FEP (Teflon®), ECTFE, PTFE, and PFA, MFA, ETFE and more, without changing the intrinsic properties of the film.

Integument’s unique surface modification creates reactive functionality on the surface of fluoropolymers, which can be covalently bonded to appropriately selected substrates, composites, adhesives, sealants and coatings.  The chemical bonds provide an environmentally stable and permanent bond between adhesives and sealants and the fluoropolymer lining or coating material.

FluoroGrip® materials do not rely upon etching or other inferior forms of physical degradation to promote adhesion enabling them to be used in applications where no conventional adhesive fluoropolymer sheet or film product can. The bond withstands a variety of thermal and mechanical stresses including extreme temperature cycling, UV, humidity and a wide range of aggressive chemicals without delaminating from the adhesive.


Double-Sided FluoroGrip®

FluoroGrip ® comes standard with both sides modified for adhesion. The product can be laminated on one side with a pressure sensitive fluoropolymer adhesive and release liner. The top side is activated but does not have an adhesive. The top side can then be coated with a variety of caulks, coatings, sealants or adhesives if necessary.

Double-sided FluoroGrip ® is especially useful when installations involve seams, overlaps or top coating. If the installation warrants additional reinforcement, cap strips can be laid over the seam to create an impervious seal. A range of fluoroelastomer caulks and sealants for sealing edges of FluoroGrip® fluoropolymer linings, films and coatings are available. These sealants can also be used as tie-ins to other compatible materials and substrates. The top side modification also allows for the addition of non- skid toppings for traffic areas.

Single-Sided FluoroGrip®

A single-side activated version of FluoroGrip ® comes with fluoropolymer adhesive and liner laminated to the bondable side and virgin fluoropolymer on the top side. The single-sided product is recommended for non-stick and anti-graffiti applications.

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