It appears that 3M has recognized your concerns and developed a
product called Pro-Spray that uses a water-based adhesive and a
specially-designed canister for spraying.
There's a great 3M-produced flash presentation explaining it:
From Design News, March 2002:
Adhesive sprayer takes an environmentally friendly tack: Dispensing
system helps adhesives go solvent free
Solvents and propellants may make it easy to get liquid mounting
adhesives out of an aerosol can, but these chemical agents hardly take
it easy on the environment. ?They tend to be greenhouse gasses,?
according to Russell Blette, a 3M technical specialist. Water-based
adhesives, although friendlier to the atmosphere, have had their own
problems with slower tack times and reduced adhesion. ?The Holy Grail
in our industry has been a water-based formulation that still meets
the performance standards of solvent-based adhesives,? Blette says.
Well, Hallelujah. Blette has invented a way to make up for the
shortcomings of water-based adhesives by doing away with the
traditional aerosol can, solvents, and propellants . His patented
Pro-Spray system instead creates a quick-tacking aerosol spray through
purely mechanical means: The system uses a bladder-filled plastic
bottle to deliver the liquid adhesive to a nozzle, which then atomizes
the adhesive with a blast of air. Both components fit a low-cost,
handheld thermoplastic dispensing gun.
* Non-flammable water-based formulation with less than 1% Volatile
Organic Compound (VOC) is safer for your work environment than
conventional solvent-based aerosol adhesives.
* Fast drying rate, similar to solvent-based adhesives, saves time in
mounting and matting.
* With no bleed through, Scotch Pro-Spray Water-based Mounting
Adhesive mounts lithographs, screen prints, art paper, rice paper,
fabric, maps, certificates, or other memorabilia; and bonds delicate
fabrics, papers and foils to mat board.
* Mounting and matting are permanent.
* Built-in applicator regulator maintains adhesive consistency and
quality. No external regulators needed.
If you have any questions, please let me know. By the way, are you an
industrial design student?
Google searching strategy:
1. environmentally friendly adhesive
2. blette adhesive
3. 3M pro-spray
Request for Answer Clarification by
14 Aug 2004 19:18 PDT
Thanks, joey, for the helpful response. During your search, though,
did you come across anything else? I just checked Pro Spray prices,
and while the cartridges are inexpensive, the applicator gun is 90
bucks. Is this my only option? Are stickers made sticky with spray
adhesive, or some better means? Thanks.