Automotive door panels have evolved over the years to include innovative speakers, airbags, lightings and controls. As adhesives are used more in door panel assembly, gain insight into two considerations to make and smart adhesive options.
Larger sunroofs increase the amount of UV light entering car interiors, which in turn increases temperature levels. This means door panel adhesives must offer higher temperature resistance in order to maintain performance and functionality.
Aging performance is another key factor when considering automotive door panel adhesives. Car doors are subjected to a range of harsh environmental conditions over many years. It’s important to assess an adhesive’s ability to maintain physical, mechanical and chemical properties throughout the vehicle’s life. This will also impact the door panel’s aesthetic appeal to consumers.
Smart Adhesive Options
The following chart provides an at-a-glance reference on smart adhesives for door panel assembly:
|Door lamination||Fabric to plastic||Reactive SBA, WBA, HMPUR, Reactive PSA and PA|
|Speaker||Construction and vibration||PUR, foam-in-place|
|Watershield||Sealing on foam and direct sealing||Foamed HMPSA, butyl|
|Weatherstrip||Gal filling and flocking||Foamed HMPSA, butyl, HMPUR|
Odorless and cost effective, these solutions also aid in fast, efficient door panel assembly, improving operational efficiencies and worker safety.
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