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Glue A-Z


Acrylonitrile, Butadiene Styrene. Thermoplastic used in industry for rigid, light and moulded products.

Sheets covered with abrasive material, which are very supple and resistant and used either manually or on various machines in order to smooth down all types of metal, woods, plastics…

Salt or chemical ester whose formula is CH3COO-

Also called vinyl polyacetate or PVA. Glue called "white glue" used for porous materials. Its utilization is very popular for the binding of books.

C2H402 Corrosive acid present in vinegar that can be used as an antiseptic or disinfectant.

CH3COOCH3 A solvent used to make soluble organic species and for dissolving glue and cellulose based fibres.

C2H2 Reacts with chloridic acid to produce vinyl chloride. Its high temperature combustion point enables the soldering of metals such as aluminium,inox,copper, and alloys.

CH2=CHCOO- Ester of the vinyl family.

Acrylate based synthetic fibre.

Metal based on hydroxide of alkaline or ammonium. The alkaline metals include lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium.

Material composed of the hydroxyde of a alkaline or ammonium metal.

Excess of a substance e.g excess of glue.

Series of chemical reactions of an organism in an environment devoid of oxygen.

Referring to an element containing no water.

Also called anionic tensio-active. Compound with a high foam and detergent power which can be found in detergents and cosmetics.

Substance / material containing water.


An edge, e.g. edge of a table,frame etc., cut at an angle.

Used to describe a manufactured good which decomposes naturally and quickly to become growth or fertilizing element particles for plants.

A woven or braided strip made for decorative purposes.

C4H8 Colourless liquide used as an industrial solvent.


French public research institute aimed at improving the comfort and security in the construction sector. Cf.British private sector institute BRE group.

Code used to describe a plywood which is resistant to dampness and water. These codes refer to established standards. Ex. in U.K. WBP plywood.

Code used to describe a type of plywood.

A paint using one colour in several tonal variations.

The action of a liquid (elevation or depression) in relation to solids whether by contact or simple proximity.

Protein or fibre obtained from milk and used as a binding element in paint.

Adjective referring to the reaction of an ion or group of ions in cathode, that is to say when the electrical charge exits in an electrolyser.

Earliest plastic manufactured from nitrocellulose and camphor.

(C6H100R)n Carbohydrate component to be found in the walls of vegetable cells.

Containing cellulose or a component of the cellulose family.

Name for a solid compact mass of distinct elements (wood for example).

Very resistant PVC  which is not subject to corrosion.

A tool used in carpentry or building which enables two elements to be placed in conatct mechanically.

Multi-layer plastic obtained from extrusion.

Covered with a thin plastic layer.

Mixture of ether and alcohol.

Chemical compound of macromolecules made up of different monomers.

A light, thin fabric with a wrinkled surface.

Refers to the modification of a polymer through the linking of micromolecules.

An adhesive derived from cyanoacrylic acid enabling a particularly solid bonding.

A product derived from cyanoacrylate.


Working table used to prepare wall paper.

Product derived from the degradation of starch through heating or hydrolysis used to make glues.

A joint which takes into account movements due to severe temperature variations.

Junction agent between polymers and elastomers.

Manufactured in order to have two levels.


Also called PSE. It's a white and solid foam usually used to protect objects.

Elastic polymer extracted from the rubber tree (Amazonian forest) and which includes rubber, latex, neoprene and silicon.

A decoration made up of projecting intercrossing lines.

Continious diffusion of one liquid into another which produces a heterogeneous environment.

Cyclic ether entering into the preparation of solvent and plastics.

That which encloses epoxide.

Macromolecular compound made of cyclic ethers entering into the preparation of solvent and plastics.

C2H4 Hydrocarbon also called R1150. Part of the creation of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and in various plastic materials.

Polyethylene where the volume has been augmented.

Type of expanded vinyl wall paper.

Referring to the action of pushing plastic through a spinneret in order to fluidify it.


Action of filling-up a crack or a hole.

Refers to something which is covered with a substance and which will only burn with great difficulty.

Technology enabling the making of flexible bondings in extreme conditions while still keeping a high tack.

Putting down parquet flooring by fitting together the planks, without fixing them on the ground.

Wooden parquet type flooring when the planks are not fixed on the floor but only fitted together.

Product preventing fungus growth.

A term used to qualify a product which protects wood against lignivorous micro-plants and preventing their coming back.


C3H803 By-product of the reaction of saponification taking place in the making of various medecines but also in the manufacture of cellophane.

A joint surrounding the contours of an element such as a floor tile.


C7H16 Hydrocarbon.

Qualifies a physical contact melted-form glue.

Polymer, the terminations of which have been modified artificially in order to increase adhesion.

An element composed of carbon and hydrogen, but also referring to oil and natural gas.

A science measuring the properties of water.


C=N=O Organic composite used in the manufacturing of paper, adhesive, textil and insulation.


Also called liquefied petroleum gas. Residue from oil extraction generally used as fuel.

Referring to a material made up of several identical layers stuck together by a resin or silicon.

Action of levelling a wall or relief i.e. raised surface.

Horizontal support above a door, window or bay window holding up the remaining masonery.


Methyl Cellulose eXtra Glue for wall paper.

Medium Density Fiberboard. Wood fiber composite of medium density mainly used in decorating and fitting-out.

Polymer Silicone Sealant.

A tube made mainly of rubber used in the car industry to convey air or fuel from different parts of the engine.

A model which enables the tracing out of certain objects or for respecting reglementary dimensions of an object.

Also called Thion. An organic compound comparable to alcohols which has the particularity of reacting with mercury ions. Mercaptan is characterised by its strong and unpleasant smell.

An action which aims at removing the oxides from the surface of a metal.

A water soluble compound to be found in water based paints, textil size and in the making of cardbooards.

A mixture of sand, cement and water for building and redering purposes.

Refers to the action of pasting up wallpaper with a pressing movement from the centre to the sides.


Also called polychloroprene, neoprene is a synthetic rubber.

Collodion is the term given to jellified nitrocellulose.

A cellulose and polyester fibre based textile which is particulary resistant and easy to put up.

A narrow tube enabling a liquid to be injected into an orifice or onto a surface.


Strands coming from hemp or linen.


Also calledTéflon®. CF2-CF2 polymer with high resistance to chemical products, heat. Can be found on non adhesive coatings.

Also called Polyurethane. Urethane polymer used in wood glue due to its water resistance.

Referring to the action of putting glue  or paste on an object. Glue for wood, paper etc. paste for wallpaper, posters etc.

Polymer used in making glues and adhesives.

Physical contact glue. Adhesion takes place with the evaporation of solvent.

Resin resisting to the temperature variations mainly used in the building sector and in the transport industry.

Chains of polymers which join together when in contact with light and which form a network.

A supporting length of wood used in construction work. Sometimes called a bracket.

Paste coming from the scattering of polymer powder in a plasticizer.

Acrylic bind which polymerises while drying, taking on the aspect of thick paste in strong glues.

Polymers used in the making of plastic material in the textil industry.

A soft, resistant and inflammable plastic.

Plastic waterproof film used in the making of barriers against water and vapor.

Known under the abbreviation PBI. A very resistant Synthetic fibre  more particularly used in the making of ropes and joints which are very resistant to high temperature.

Very frequently called neoprene. Synthetic elastomer.

Polymers which patterns are related by ester functions.

Bi composant glue.

Plastic material.

Macromolecule composed of a repeated pattern. Among these polymers, we can count rubber, cellulose, polyamide and polyethylene.

Jointing of several identical molecules (pattern) to form a polymer macromolecule.

Referring to the action of joining several identical molecules to form a polymer.

Transparent thermoplastic.

CnH2n+2On Also called glycol or polyalcohol, is used in making foam.

Also called PP (CH2-CH-CH3)n Polymer with a propylene pattern used in the car industry, for plastic pieces such as a bumpers, but also in  food packaging and in types of paper.

Polymer used in various adhesive products but also in varnishes and non-driving films.

Also called PS. Coming from the polymerisation of styren. It Is most commonly used under its expanded form as a white protective foam. Also present in the making of rigid plastic and food packaging.

(CH2=CH2)n Plastic at the root of inert plastic also called under the abbrevation PE, usually used in plastic bags.

Also called PU. Urethane polymer used in wood glue due to its water resistance.

Also called polyvinyl polymer. One of the main components of white glue.

CH2-CH-O-COH3 thermoplastic polymer used in the elaboration of adhesives, films, varnishes and paints.

Also called Polychloride vinyl. CH2=CHCl Polymer usually used in the sticking and soldering but also in the creation of various types of plastic such as the one used for pipes.

Mixture of monomer and polymer aiming at polymerization.

An instrument for measuring the pressure of a fluid.

Coating which increases the adhesion of a floor, or of paint.


Polymerization of radical chemical species.

That which removes or strips.


A synthetic rubber, also called Styrene butadiene rubber, present in tyres, chewing gum and in cars.

A residue of bacterial development in the form of white fibres on walls or floors of buildings.

A product which effectively removes the oxides from the surface of a metal.

Referring to the action of causing all the bumps, and depressions on the ground.

That which combines or unites hetergenous elements automatically.

Describes the manner by which part of a construction is held up by wooden or metal joists.

Also called polysiloxane. Polymer allowing, in different forms, the manufacturing of plenty of products. It can take a liquid form, sopple, solid and can be found in glues, sealants and other adhesives.

A fiber textile derived from a mexican plant (agave) used to make cord and certain textiles.

The lower part of a wall or pillar in contact with the ground. Often added to the base of a wall.

A substance possessing the quality of being able to dissolve other substances without altering or degrading their chemical properties.

Containing starch.

An element undergoing changes which are examined after a chemical reaction.

SO2OH Can be found in certain salts and esters.

A two part molecule one of which reacts to water and the other to oily substances. These molecules are particularly present in detergents.


Properties of immediate support of a glue or a sealant. The glued object is instantly maintained on a surface (even vertical) but it hasn't got all the adhesive properties of glue. It is important to wait until it is dry, according to the guidelines, before subjecting the object to any pressure.

Gives instant adhesion. This adhesion is nevertheless not definitive and a defined drying period is neccessary before subjecting the glued object to any pressure. This drying time lapse is indicated on the product.

Application and drying time before sticking of a layer of adhesive on a surface.

Also called polyetrafluorethylene or PTFE. Polymer with a high resistance  to chemical products and heat, can also be found in non adhesive coatings.

Also called tetrahydrofurane. Ether is usually used as a solvent.

Measure of the humidity of a place according to the heat and the pourcentage of humidity present.

Used to describe a substance which gives rise to adhesion when heated.

Polymer having the particularity of becoming liquid, soft due to heat and also to become malleable.

To modify the speed of a chemical reaction without modifiying the end product of the reaction.

Referring to the action of pushing plastic through a spinneret in order to fluidify it.

The action of releasing a liquid that seeps in contact with walls.

Describes a surface marked with cavities or grooves.

To apply and drying time before sticking a layer of adhesive on the surface.

To put at the same surface level a wall or raised surface.

Stick by exerting a pressure from the centre to the sides.

Referring to the action of putting paste on an object such as wallpaper.

C2HCl3 Also called ethylene trichloride or trichlo. This is a chemical compound usually used as a solvent and which has the particularity of not being very inflammable.

Activity concerned with decorative details.


Referring to a non plastified PVC not subject to corrosion.

Synthetic glue.


That which contains vinyl.

CH3COO-CH=CH2 Present in solution form in solvents. Also in the make up of certain textiles and paper.

Name given to a thermoplastic copolymer which possesses the characteristics of a thermofusible glue.


Water Regulations Advisory Scheme concerned with the quality of water.

That which is soluble in water or in a watery environment.

Stock of intracellular carbohydrate soluble in water or in a aqueous environment.

That which offers a protection against dampness and water.

Refers to the width or length of a piece of wallpaper cut from a roll. By extension used also for a piece of cloth cut from a roll.