AFM Safecoat 3 in 1 Adhesive

a low odor, non toxic, water-based adhesive
by AFM Safecoat

Safecoat 3 in 1 Adhesive is a low odor, non-toxic, water-based adhesive designed for hard composition wall and floor tiles and carpeting. This adhesive is recommended for adhering floor tiles made of ceramic, vinyl, parquet, Formica and slate; for lightweight wall tiles; and for any carpet application where a typical carpet adhesive would be used.

Advantages/Significant Benefits:

  • Effective, easy to use adhesive
  • Low odor, non-offensive to installer and occupant
  • Safely used by and for the chemically sensitive
  • Very low VOC content, meets or exceeds all federal and state air quality regulations, including California
  • Contains no formaldehyde

Surface Preparation:

All substrates to receive adhesive and overlays must be sound and intact. Any loose areas should be repaired or anchored to produce a firm footing for adhesion. All surfaces must be cleaned of any grease, oils, dust, dirt, wax, unsound prior adhesive and other foreign materials. Washing with a low odor, non-toxic cleaner like SafeChoice Super Clean is recommended. The surface must be completely dry and stable before the application. For maximum adhesion, apply a thin coating of Safecoat Safe Seal to the substrate and if possible the back of the tile before spreading adhesive and laying the tiles.


Always have adequate ventilation. For Mexican pavers and ceramic tile, an application should be made with 1/8" or larger notched trowel (commonly v-notched for walls and square notched for floors, but consult your installer), except that a 3/16" notched trowel should be used for wall tiles. All other applications require 1/16". Due to rapid cure do not spread the adhesive over areas larger than 16-20 square feet. Allow adhesive to set up or "tack-up" for a few minutes (typically not more than 10-15 depending upon temperature and humidity), and then insert tiles into the mastic. All tile must be at room temperature and above 55 degrees. Maintain a wet, tacky surface during the installation of the tile. Do not allow the adhesive to skim over. If a film forms or adhesive skims over or sets up so that it is no longer sticky, scrape all adhesive off the surface and reapply. Allow 24 hours for 3 in 1 Adhesive to cure out before opening to traffic or for any further surface filling. A trial application is recommended to assure proper adhesion can be obtained. Testing is particularly important for parquet and wooden floor material, which varies considerably in consistency and may have a tendency to warp. Again, seal the bottom of the material with Safecoat Safe Seal to help provide a moisture barrier.


50-60 square feet per gallon with 1/8" notched trowel. 100-120 square feet per gallon with 1/16" notched trowel.


Clean tools and equipment while they are still wet with a solution of SafeChoice Super Clean and warm water.

Drying/Curing Time: 24 hours for full cure.


Do not apply to a substrate in direct sun or were hot to the touch as this will cause excessively fast curing and prevent adhesion into a wet, tacky base. Sample test a small area to assure proper adhesion can be obtained. Use only where room and surface temperatures are above 55 degrees and below 90 degrees F. Do not freeze. Unused contents should be kept in a closed container in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Do not contaminate.

Usage Guidelines


Country of Manufacture: United States