These glues provide the PDR technician with the convenience of not having to use solvents such as alcohol to release spent glue from their tabs or vehicle surfaces. Both Premium Gold and Agent Orange provide strong adhesion and pulls yet can quickly be removed by simply peeling the glue off the tab or vehicle surface after the pull. This removes the messy step of spraying solvent and wiping it back up, in the glue pulling process. Also no more soaking your tabs in solvent. Who hasn’t had the frustration of tipping over their cup of alcohol and tabs all over the car? They’re FASTER, CLEANER and EASIER.
To remove the glue without solvents simply place your nail under the glue edge and snatch up and in the opposite direction. This technique works with both Premium Gold and Agent Orange. Premium Gold will not release using alcohol as it tends to dissolve Premium Gold. Premium Gold releases quite easily without solvent.
However, Agent Orange is a sort of hybrid between both solvent-free and traditional pdr glue. Whereas it can be removed with or without solvents such as alcohol. Both Premium Gold and Agent Orange work well on aluminum panels.
Premium Gold and Agent Orange will work great in outside air/room temperature as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 95 or more. The difference is the “time window” to pull the glue fluctuates with the surface temps. If repairs are made in lower temps the working time is reduced and quick use of the lifter is required. The opposite is true in warmer temperatures that allow for slower pull times. We suggest using a digital infra red thermometer to check surface temperatures. Optimum vehicle surface temperature for Premium Gold and Agent Orange is between 75-88 F. If a surface seems to cold for them to adhere adequately we suggest using a heat gun to warm the surface area to the recommended surface temperature. However, both Premium Gold and Agent Orange have been observed to work great in extremely cool temps without using heat guns to modify surface temps. Much will depend on the speed of the technician with the lifter.
Air quality, such as humidity, can play a role in performance since it can effect drying time. And even an extremely thin layer of moisture on the surface can affect any brand glue’s adhesion. It should be noted that the most influence on a glue’s performance is surface temperature. Since hot melt adhesives cure more in relation to vehicle surface temperatures than humidity, working time varies with the temps of the surface.
When pulled, Premium Gold has a nice snap or flex to it. It’s technician preference in how thick or thin to apply. Experience using the product will dictate this.
Agent Orange is a bit more dense and can be brittle. It needs to be at least the thickness of a US quarter between it and the surface. If too thin the bottom will “tear out” and a positive pull may not occur. If after pulling there is a hole or tear in the spent glue, then it needs to be thicker when applied.
While some technicians prefer to apply the glue to the tab and then apply to the dent, we suggest applying the glue to the dent surface first. Then it’s easier to aim the tab simply by placing it in the middle of the glue. When glue gun temps are between 265- 300 degrees fahrenheit, it’s possible to do this even on side damage, as the glue has enough form not to run down the panel.(see “Which type of glue gun is best?”) We suggest a temp that allows the glue to have the shape of a chocolate kiss. To achieve this the glue gun needs to be at the temps mentioned above. This technique prevents glue from running off tab onto fingers during the tab application.
To release Premium Gold or Agent Orange simply grip the edge of the spent glue with your nail under edge and lift while pulling in the opposite direction.
If you have a gun that bubbles glue from the end, the gun temp is too hot. It’s not only cooking the product but waste it as it drips from the end. Therefore, we suggest a variable temperature glue gun. Being able to “dial in” the right temperature helps prevent waste from glue dripping. The Premium Gold and Agent Orange seem to work best around 265-300*F gun temp.
If a variable temp gun isn’t available a dual temp gun can suffice. By simply switching the gun from “High” to “Low” every few minutes will achieve a more moderate gun temp. Obviously, when first using Solvent-Free glues a new gun should be used. Since other glues can contaminate the Solvent-Free formula and hinder its performance.
Premium Gold is not a glue to put multiple tabs down before lifting. It works best in short periods, usually working on one dent at a time. Premium Gold should usually not be left on more than 10-20 seconds before lifting. The time it takes to pick up the lifter and attach it to the tab is a good working time for the glue. Of course, the timing can vary.
If the Premium Gold is on so long that removal is difficult, use a window wedge to slowly tap at the tab edge. The tab should pop off the glue. To remove the glue from the tab or surface, place your nail under the edge of the glue and snatch up and in the opposite direction.
If this does not work, place a small drop of citrus cleaner such as Goo-Gone at the edge of the glue and it will then easily peel off. Afterwards, clean the surface area with Sprayway glass cleaner.
The working time for Agent Orange is typically a little longer than Premium Gold.
For additional working time details see “What’s the best working temperatures?”
Using a cleaning agent such as Sprayway’s ammonia free glass cleaner can do much to help with the ability for any glue to stick to the surface. Most automotive surface cleaners work great to remove the grime and residue to allow for solid adhesion.