The History of DAP
DAP is a leading marketer of home repair and construction products, such as
latex caulk, silicone sealants, contact cements, construction adhesives, glues,
glazings, spacklings as well as patch and repair products. You'll find DAP
products in the hands of professional painters, remodelers, builders and
do-it-yourselfers. You'll find DAP products in 60,000 retail outlets ranging
from home centers and mass merchandisers to your local hardware and paint
stores. You'll find DAP working behind the scenes in your home. It's the glue
holding the baseboard to the wall, it's the caulk hiding that imperfection or
providing that water tight seal around your tub, it's the spackling that
repaired the hole in the wall, or it's the wood filler hiding nail holes in
your molding and providing a hard resilient finish. Simply put... "You'll find
DAP in all the right places."
DAP traces its roots back to 1865, when Robert H. Dicks and Elmer Wiggim began
producing sealing wax for food-canning out of Dicks' garage in Dayton, Ohio. In
those days before refrigeration and commercially prepared foods, canning was a
widespread practice, and demand for their product was high. In 1906, Dicks
bought out Wiggim and joined with George Pontius, incorporating their
partnership in 1913 as the Dicks-Pontius Company. When Robert Dicks died, his
son John entered the business and expanded it to include putty and caulk
manufacturing in bulk form.
The Dicks-Pontius Company revolutionized the home repair products market in the
1940's and 50's through its marketing and product development including moving
the industry to marketing caulks and sealants in disposable cartridges. Through
the 1950's, the company grew through several acquisitions, including a merger
with the Chicago-based Armstrong Company in 1957. The resulting entity was
renamed Dicks-Armstrong-Pontius, which was eventually shortened to the brand
The company continued its path of innovative growth, introducing new products
and expanding its reach. In 1964, DAP pioneered the development of latex
caulking compounds followed with acrylic latex technology breakthroughs in 1970
and advanced acrylic latex technology introductions in 1984.
Through innovation and acquisition, the company continued to expand its product
line. DAP entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with the worldwide
leader in silicone technology in 1980 to market a full line of silicone
sealants. In the mid 1980's, Weldwood® branded adhesives came into the fold.
Subsequently, the Plastic Wood® brand was intregrated into the
DAP portfolio of products in the 90's. Finally, the first decade of the twenty
first century led to an exclusive marketing agreement with the worldwide leader
in antimicrobial technology, Microban International, as well as the integration
of the Phenoseal® brand of adhesive caulk.
Today, DAP continues improving and introducing new products to better meet
consumer needs. The DAP family now includes some of the best known brands in
home repair including Kwik Seal® Tub and Tile Adhesive Caulk, Alex Plus®
Acrylic Latex with Silicone Caulk, 33® Glazing, Weldwood® Contact Cement,
Plastic Wood® Filler, Latex Window Glazing, 100% DAP Silicone and Vinyl
Spackling. The company continues to innovate, inventing products that make jobs
easier for do-it-yourselfers and professionals. Products like Easy Caulk, an
aerosol dispensing product which eliminates the need for a caulk gun, DAPtex®
Insulating Foam, a latex-based product which is water clean-up, has no odor and
will not over expand, Drydex® Spackling, the first spackling that "goes on
pink" and turns white as it dries, and the industry's first Titanium® strength
silicone. The momentum continues with introductions in anti microbial Kwik Seal
Plus® as well as an all weather sealant, SideWinder® Premium Siding and Window
Sealant. Its most recent innovation CoVinyl X-9000™ technology makes DAPtex®
Plus the best latex foam sealant on the market.
DAP also seeks to help professionals and do-it-yourselfers use their products
more effectively by providing information and support for its products.
Customers can reach the company through a toll free hotline 1.888.DAP.TIPS or
Internet site www.DAP.com and receive tips, product information and
The DAP "Stars" represent its 700 strong associates around the world which
support its vision to produce and market America's best home repair products.
DAP's five manufacturing or distribution facilities in the United States of
America, Mexico and Canada service North America and the world.
DAP is an operating company of RPM International Inc. RPM owns subsidiaries that
serve both the consumer and industrial markets. Consumer brands used by
professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home improvement, automotive and boat
repair and maintenance, and hobbyist include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP,
Varathane and Testors. The Industrial products include roofing systems,
sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty
chemicals. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco