Elastic adhesive for bonding in vehicle construction

Sikaflex®-252 is an elastic one-component polyurethane adhesive that has been specially developed for bonding large assemblies in vehicle construction. Sikaflex®-252 is suitable for bonding coated metal, GRP, ceramic materials and plastics.


Good adhesion on a variety of substrates


Suitable even for high dynamic loads


Good gap-filling properties


Product advantages

  • Good adhesion on a variety of substrates
  • Suitable even for high dynamic loads
  • Good gap-filling properties
  • Recoatable
  • Vibration damping
  • Electrically non-conductive


Sikaflex®-252 is suitable for assemblies that are exposed to dynamic loads. Suitable substrates are wood, metals, especially aluminium (also anodised), sheet steel (also phosphated, chromated or galvanised), metal primers and lacquers (two-component systems), ceramic materials and plastics. Observe manufacturer’s recommendations before using Sikaflex®-252 on materials at risk of stress cracking. Pre-tests must be carried out with original materials to avoid stress cracking. This product is only suitable for experienced users. To ensure adhesion and material compatibility, preliminary tests must be carried out with original materials under the relevant conditions.

Product details

Product features

Chemical base 1-component polyurethane
Colour (CQP001-1) White, grey, black
Curing mechanism Moisture-curing
Density before curing Depending on colour 1.2 kg/l
Stability Good
Application temperature Environment 10 to 35 °C
Skin formation time (CQP019-1) 40 minutes
Through-curing speed (CQP049-1) See diagram 1
Hardness Shore A (CQP023-1 / ISO 7619-1) 50
Tensile strength (CQP036-1 / ISO 527) 3 MPa
Elongation at break (CQP036-1 / ISO 527) 400 %
Tear resistance (CQP045-1 / ISO 34) 7 N/mm
Operating temperature (CQP513-1) -40 to 90 °C
4 Hours 130 °C
1 Hour 150 °C
Durability (CQP016-1) Cartridge / Bag 12 Months

Technical information

Sikaflex®-252 cures by reaction with air humidity. At low temperatures, the water content of the air is lower and the cross-linking reaction is somewhat slower.

Sikaflex®-252 is generally resistant to fresh water, sea water, dilute acids and dilute alkalis; temporarily resistant to fuels, mineral oils, vegetable and animal fats and oils; not resistant to organic acids, glycol, concentrated mineral acids and alkalis or solvents.


Surface pretreatment

The adhesive surfaces must be clean, dry and free from grease, oil, dust and impurities. The surface preparation depends on the specific condition of the substrate and is decisive for a durable bond. Instructions for surface pretreatment can be found in the current Sika® pretreatment table. The information contained there is based on experience and must always be verified by preliminary tests with original materials.


Sikaflex®-252 can be processed between 10 °C and 35 °C (climate and product). Changes in reactivity and application properties must be taken into account. The optimum temperature for substrate and adhesive is between 15 °C and 25 °C.

Note viscosity increase at cool temperatures. For easy application, heat the adhesive to room temperature. For an even adhesive layer thickness, it is recommended to apply the adhesive in the form of a triangular bead (see figure 1).

Apply Sikaflex®-252 with a suitable cartridge/bag gun or pump unit. The skin formation time is significantly shorter in hot and humid climates. Always join components within the skin forming time. Do not press after a skin has formed.


Smoothing must be carried out before the adhesive forms a skin. For smoothing we recommend Sika® smoothing agent N. Other smoothing agents must be checked for their suitability.


Not cured Sikaflex®-252 can be removed from tools and equipment with Sika® Remover-208 or other suitable solvents. Cured material can only be removed mechanically. Hands/skin must be washed immediately with suitable cleaning cloths (e.g. Sika® Handclean) or industrial hand cleaners and water. Do not use solvents on the skin!