Using the right adhesive with latex sheeting
Several years ago I ran a company that bought latex fashions wholesale from abroad and sold them via retail in the US. I no longer have the company, but I did have some of the latex garments remaining that I found when doing some spring cleaning.
As I went through those remaining latex items, I found that some of them had substantial damage. I had stored them in plastic bags outside of the sunlight and been careful about exposure to anything that might damage them.
Upon closer inspection what I found was that the adhesive used in making them had eaten away at the material over time. These garments were between 3 and 5 years old, and I was amazed to see what had occurred.
The white latex had discolored to a brownish color, and the adhesive had dissolved the latex and left pockmarks and holes.
Don’t let this happen to you! If you care about the longevity of your latex clothing, we recommend either buying your latex adhesive from MJTrends or confirming with the company you are buying from that their adhesive is safe for use with natural latex rubber.
Also, if you are diluting your rubber cement – please be careful about what solvents you use. Off-the-shelf components from your home big box store are probably corrosive to latex. Xylene and strip-clean are two that we receive questions about and we recommend that you do not use them.