Specific advantages of solvent bonding are:
- homogeneous distribution of mechanical loads
- good aesthetics
- economic assembly
- low weight, no heavy screws, bolts and nuts
- heat sensitive constructions or materials, which welding would distort or destroy, can be joined
- good sealing and insulating properties.
Potential limitations are:
- entrapment of solvent in the joint
- stress cracking or crazing
- dissimilar materials can only be joined if both are soluble in a common solvent or in a mixture of solvents
- differences in thermal expansion of components are not compensated if dissimilar materials are bonded
- reproducibility/process control
- high solvent evaporation time due to its entrapment in the polymer matrix
- no disassembly possible
- assembly hazards such as fire or toxicity.