What is surface energy?

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Surface energy is a term used to describe the attraction of a given surface. Surface energies range from high to low. A high surface energy would mean the strongest adhesive attraction. Surfaces such as glass, stainless steel, painted aluminum vehicle bodies, or smooth linoleum tile, are a few examples of extremely high energy surfaces. While surfaces such as textured flooring, cardboard, or painted drywall would be low energy and would need a more aggressive adhesive to remain adhered to the surface type.

See below for a visual showing the different surface types. It shows how high energy makes direct contact with the adhesive in all areas. While low energy only makes contact with the surface in a couple areas.

Learn more how sticker adhesive bonds with different surface types.

High Energy Surface Types
Medium Energy Surface Types
Low Energy Surface Types
Other low surface energy types
Vinyl Falling Off Wall
Example of incorrect vinyl type of low surface energy.

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