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Evolution of Innovation: The Story of ZAP Foam Safe Super Glues and Foam Safe Kickers

December 19th, 2011
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RC (Radio Control) Airplane Hobbyists make up a big part of our Research and Development Team at Pacer Technology.  We consult with them, and they consult with us, on a regular basis to work out solutions to new challenges.   As with other industries, an improvement in one step of a process can result in new problems or failure in another step of a process.  Innovation often arises out of necessity or as the Roman philosopher, Seneca, stated in 1st century AD, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” 

Balsa wood has been a mainstay building material for many years and our cyanoacrylates have proven to be the best – fastest and strongest – glues to use for traditional wood construction.  In recent years, a variety of foam and fiberglass materials are being used in building RC Airplanes.  “Foamies” can be made from free or inexpensive plans which can be found online or can come from RTF (Ready to Fly) or ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) kits.  In general, “Foamies” are much less expensive to build and when they crash they can either be repaired simply and easily or remade cheaply reusing the electronic parts.  These new foam materials used in building RC airplanes raised a particular challenge for our R & D team.  Regular CAs (cyanoacrylates) would burn through or melt the foam before curing.  This was a huge frustration for the airplane hobbyists.  Overall, these hobbyists have exacting personalities and strive for perfection in construction of their planes.  Understandably, they did not like adhesives burning through their foam materials yet they needed the added support and protection of  CAs to properly construct their planes.  After much testing, consultation and “trial and error” between the two teams two new terrific products were developed – Foam Safe CA and Foam Safe Kicker.

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When ZAP Foam Safe Kicker is sprayed on the foam surface prior to applying the Foam Safe CA (Zap-O) parts can be joined fast enough so that a foam meltdown doesn’t occur.  (Note:  Some users prefer to spray the kicker along the adhesive edge immediately after joining the parts, but our lab testing showed better bonding when the kicker is applied first.) Whatever works best for your purposes is what we recommend!  It’s always best to test your preferred process on a small piece of scrap foam.

If you do not use the foam safe kicker it will take longer for the adhesive to cure.   Additionally, we found that using the foam safe kicker along with the foam safe CA ensured a bond on materials that didn’t bond with just the foam safe CA alone.

The following video clearly illustrates a unique process of using Zap Foam Safe CA with Zap Foam Safe Kicker to apply fiberglass material onto foam and balsa surfaces.  In this case the CA is applied prior to using the kicker:

 [Video Credit:  Peninsula Silent Flyers with Brett Becker]

Constant communication with our customers and the consumers who use our products is a key to our success.  We want to hear from you.  Tell us a particular challenge you are having with traditional CAs or tell us how you use our products and you may win free samples!  We’d love to help develop a new adhesive product that will better meet your needs, too!