One of our most popular questions is: Does our anti-slip material work underwater?
The answer is a possible yes but also mainly a no!
Almost all high-quality self-adhesive systems work in the same format; a semi-liquid coating that, when pressure is applied, ‘wets’ out allowing the strands of hotmelt to grip and hold, after about 24~48 hours the full adhesive bond of the acrylic adhesive kicks in. Any water present in the surrounding area prevents the adhesive from bonding resulting in immediate lifting.
Many of our customers have achieved success by applying our anti slip tape onto a non-porous surface that is clean, dry and free from grease then submerging that. Although in most of, many of instances it is successful there are some situations where it has failed. We believe that the failures are most probably due to certain chlorine mixes, but, due to the small number of applications for this and even smaller number of failures we have not investigated it further.
What 100% guarantee can be offered?
But slippages on surfaces underwater are quite common, surely Heskins have a plan?
We do, testing is ongoing but this problem is very difficult and surprisingly complex. We are working with companies that produce specific underwater temporary tile fixing bonds. We have a test area, it is the company president’s hot tub! Different adhesive solutions are submerged and progress monitored.
Should we wish to talk about this further and request documentation from us, please feel free to speak to the sales team via live chat, phone or fill out the contact us form and one of our representatives will get back to you as soon as they possibly can.