Commonly named "white glue", PVAc based adhesives are
strong, dry to a clear film and offer good adhesion to a variety of surfaces. They are
environmentally friendly and do not pose health risks.
These resins set rapidly at room temperatures and have high dry strength, but their
moisture resistance is inferior to that of some other adhesives; furthermore, joints
with thick glue lines tend to creep under sustained loads. This makes them inappropriate
for use in structural applications. They also have poor resistance to heat.
Because of their ease of application, their high dry strength, the fact that they can be
used with low clamping pressures and their competitive cost, polyvinyl acetate adhesives
are normally used as a general woodworking adhesive and also used for furniture assembly
and panel construction.