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3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3738

  • 50 second open time allows for positioning
  • General purpose 100% solids adhesive
  • Ideal for POP displays, carton sealing, furniture, upholstery, and woodworking
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  • 50 second open time allows for positioning
  • General purpose 100% solids adhesive
  • Ideal for POP displays, carton sealing, furniture, upholstery, and woodworking

3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3738 is a clear, multipurpose adhesive for effectively bonding wood, lightweight metals and some plastics in furniture, upholstery and woodworking applications.

Open Bond Time Allows for Fit Adjustment and Positioning 3M™ Hot Melt Adhesive 3738 features a 50 second open time that allows for positioning and adjustment on wood, polypropylene, corrugated boxes and lightweight substrates. Its nearly instant bonding property reduces production time for POP assembly, joining, attaching, securing, repairing, potting, panel bonding, wire tacking, bundling, sealing, encapsulating, rigidizing, foam bonding, and packaging. For use with a 3M™ Hot Melt Applicator. Recommended Applications Cabinetry Woodworking Sound damping Furniture manufacturing Upholstery POP displays General industrial Understanding Hot Melt Adhesives Hot melt adhesives, also known as glue sticks, are liquefied thermoplastic adhesives available in both low and high-temperature versions. Low temperature hot melt adhesives are applied at 250ºF/121ºC temperatures, which makes them ideal for bonding electronics, plastics, cloth and other heat sensitive materials. High temperature hot melt adhesives are applied at 380ºF/193ºC and produce a stronger bond than the low temperature hot melts.  Melted adhesive is extruded through a nozzle using a 3M Hot Melt Applicator by either pneumatic pressure, a mechanical trigger mechanism, or with pressure applied directly on the stick. Different nozzles can be used to apply thin, wide strips or narrow, thicker beads. Hot melt adhesive generally sets quickly, ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the adhesive formulation. Bringing Better Ideas to the Surface through Science and Innovation In our 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, we apply the science of adhesion to deliver innovative solutions that improve the design and manufacturing processes of companies around the world. In the end, our technologies help customers like you deliver competitive products to the market faster and more efficiently.

Adhesive Type
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate
Application Method
Bulk Process, Handheld Process, Spray
Consumer Label
Heat Resistance
130 Degree Fahrenheit
Automotive, Construction, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Furniture, General Industrial, Military and Government, Packaging, Retail, Signage, Specialty Vehicle, Transportation, Woodworking
Net Weight (Imperial)
11 lb., 22 lb.
Open Time
50 Second
Overall Length (Imperial)
12 Inch, 2 Inch, 3 Inch
Overall Length (Metric)
0.05 Meter, 0.07 Meter, 0.3 Meter
Overall Width (Imperial)
0.45 Inch, 0.62 Inch, 1 Inch
Overall Width (Metric)
11.4 mm, 15.9 mm, 25.4 mm
Product Form
Shear Strength at 72 Degrees F (22 Degrees C)
375 Pound-Force Per Square Inch
Solids Weight Percent (Approximate)
100 Percent
Temperature Setting for EC Heat Gun
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