ELASTOSIL® E43 TRANSPARENT
ELASTOSIL® E43 TRANSPARENT is a self levelling, one-component acetoxy-cure silicone rubber which cures at room temperature under the influence of atmospheric moisture.
It shows excellent mechanical properties, has good adhesion properties to many substrates. In particular used as adhesive on cured silicone rubber
- moderately self-levelling
- excellent adhesion on cured silicone rubber
- high-tear grade
- recommended service temperature from -45 °C to +180 °C
max. recommended short term peak temperature exposure 200°C
Specific features of ELASTOSIL® E43 TRANSPARENT
- Excellent mechanical properties
Multipurpose sealant and adhesive for general industry and electronics for FIPG applications. Particularly suitable as adhesive on cured rubber or silicone coated textiles like seam sealing.
ELASTOSIL® E43 is a ready-to-use, one-part silicone rubber which starts curing when exposed to air moisture. Typical curing characteristics are given in the table "Properties Uncured".
As RTV-1 silicones require humidity for curing, free access of air moisture to the silicone rubber is essential. Additionally, the vulcanization time of ELASTOSIL® E43 can be greatly reduced by increasing the level of air's relative humidity. Please note that, unlike the initial skin formation, the total curing rate of RTV-1 silicones is limited by moisture's diffusion speed in silicone rubber.
As increasing the curing temperature has just a minor effect both on the skin forming time and the curing speed, ELASTOSIL® E43 typically is vulcanized at room temperature. Heat curing is recommended only for applications where the silicone rubber is applied as a thin film (thickness less than 0.5 mm), because otherwise blistering is likely to occur due to the quick release of acetic acid.
After completion of the vulcanization the silicone elastomer may continuously be exposed to constantly changing climatic conditions, UV radiation and high temperature without damage. Cured ELASTOSIL® E43 usually shows good primerless adhesion to many substrates, e.g. glass, ceramics, metals, plastics and powder coatings.
Removal: If removal of the silicone from machines or dispensing equipment is necessary, white spirit or similar nonpolar solvents are recommended. However, cleaning ideally should take place before the silicone rubber is fully vulcanized. Cured silicone needs to be rubbed off or removed mechanically, if necessary in combination with a swelling agent (solvent) or a chemical silicone remover ELASTOSIL E43 shows good primerless adhesion to many substrates. We recommend running preliminary tests to optimize conditions for the particular application.
Detailed information about the processing of RTV-1 silicones is given in our brochure “ROOM TEMPERATURE VULCANIZING (RTV) SILICONES - MATERIAL AND PROCESSING GUIDELINES”.
The 'Best use before end' date of each batch is shown on the product label.
Storage beyond the date specified on the label does not necessarily mean that the product is no longer usable. In this case however, the properties required for the intended use must be checked for quality assurance reasons.
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