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Establishing Roots

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.

THE BUY OUT

1906

In 1906, Dicks bought out Wiggim and partnered with George Pontius.

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1913

DICKS-PONTIUS COMPANY

In 1913, Dicks and Pontius incorporated their partnership 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 Revolution

1940

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.

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1957

Dicks-Armstrong-Pontius

During 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 name DAP.

Latex Caulking Compounds

1964

DAP continued its path of innovative growth, introducing new products and expanding its reach. In 1964, the company pioneered the development of latex caulking compounds.

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1970

Acrylic Latex Caulk

DAP is the first to introduce Acrylic Latex Caulk. The new caulk formula is ideal for sealing window and door frames prior to painting with latex or oil-based paint. It ensures a durable seal in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Siliconized Latex Caulk

1980

In 1980, DAP is first to market with Siliconized Latex Caulk, which was designed to cure quickly to form a strong, flexible and watertight seal that does not shrink. It quickly became a preferred caulk for a wide variety of interior and exterior surfaces.

1983

Weldwood® Joins DAP

Weldwood products merged into the DAP product line, expanding the company’s expertise and offerings in the adhesive category.

Advanced Acrylic Latex

1984

DAP is first to introduce 230-grade sealant.

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Plastic Wood
1990

Plastic Wood®

The Plastic Wood® brand is integrated into the DAP portfolio of products in the 90's.

DIY Revolution

1996

DAP revolutionized the DIY market with the introduction of aerosol caulking and a seven day a week 888-DAP-TIPS hotline, making projects like caulking your own bathroom easier than ever.

1997
1997

DAPtex® Latex Insulating Foam

DAP is first to market with the latex insulating foam DAPtex®. The foam is designed to effectively seal and fill large cracks, gaps and voids. Unlike polyurethane foams, it doesn’t over expand, is toolable, moldable and cleans up easily with water.

Dry Time Indicator Spackling

1998

America’s number one selling spackling compound is introduced. DryDex® Spackling contains a patented dry time indicator causing the product to change color when optimum dry time is achieved. It goes on PINK and dries WHITE.

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2000

DAP line of Polyurethane Sealants

DAP introduced a line of commercial grade sealants specifically formulated to provide a long-lasting, durable seal when filling exterior gaps, joints and cracks. The high-performance sealants offer superior adhesion to most substrates and remain flexible.

Advanced Polymer Sealants

2001

Designed with an advanced polymer formula, SideWinder siding and window sealant debuted delivering excellent performance on a variety of substrates.

2001 Sidewinder
2002 Firestop
2002

Fire Stopping Sealants

DAP introduced two unique fire-stopping sealants, Blockade® & Fire Stop, designed to impede the spread of fire and smoke in both commercial and home settings.

Phenoseal® Acquisition

2004

DAP acquired the Phenoseal® brand, a line adhesive caulk that Does It All!

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2007 DAP 3.0
2007

DAP 3.0™ Advanced Hybrid Sealants

A new line of high-performance sealants hit the market. DAP 3.0™ Advanced Hybrid Sealants combine the best performance properties of urethanes and silicones in a formula that provides significant adhesion, movability and durability.

SmartBond

2013

SmartBond® Construction Adhesives debuted as a dynamic polyurethane adhesive foaming gel that is faster and easier to use than traditional cartridge adhesives. It provides 8 times the coverage of standard cartridge adhesives, meaning you can do more with less.

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2013 ALEX FLEX
2013

Alex Flex™

Alex Flex™ Premium Molding & Trim Acrylic Latex Sealant hit the market and was specifically formulated for use on molding & trim applications. It delivers maximum adhesion and flexibility for a crack proof seal.

Simple Seal™ Home Sealants

2014

Simple Seal™ debuted offering specially formulated sealants to tackle kitchen and bath, weatherproofing and paint projects.

2014 Simple Seal
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2014

Commercial Kitchen 100% Silicone Food-Grade Sealants

DAP’s Commercial Kitchen Silicone is NSF certified and suitable for food-zone areas in commercial/ industrial kitchens.

Kwik Seal Ultra®

2015

Kwik Seal Ultra® Premium Siliconized Kitchen and Bath Sealant is engineered with groundbreaking sealant technology that repels water, liquids, soap scum, stains and dirt so the sealant is easy to clean and stays looking fresh and new. It is ready for water exposure in just four hours, applies smoothly, cleans up easily with soap and water and is low in odor. DAP Kwik Seal Ultra® stays mold and mildew free for the life of the sealant and is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

2015 Kwik Seal Ultra
2015-Silicone Max
2015

Silicone Max Premium Sealants

Silicone Max Premium Kitchen & Bath and Window & Door Sealant debuted providing maximum silicone performance to seal out air and water. It provides maximum flexibility and adhesion to withstand contraction and expansion caused by temperature and weather fluctuations without cracking or losing adhesion.

Dynaflex® 800

2015

Dynaflex® 800 Advanced All-Weather Sealant provides a durable, 100% waterproof and weatherproof seal around windows, doors, siding and trim. It stays flexible to withstand extreme joint expansion and contraction caused by weather and temperature fluctuations. Plus, it won’t shrink, crack, crumble or break down.

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2016 RapidFuse
2016

RapidFuse™ All-Purpose Adhesive

DAP launched RapidFuse™, an all-purpose adhesive that is two times more durable than super glues and can be used on a wide variety of materials for many home repairs and DIY projects. It sets in just 30 seconds, bonds virtually everything to anything and is ideal for plastic, rubber, metal, glass, wood, tile and more.

Plastic Wood X® with DryDex®

2016

Plastic Wood® All Purpose Premium Wood Filler is an easy-to-use solution designed to rejuvenate wood surfaces. In 2016, the line expanded to include Plastic Wood X® with DryDex® making the application process even easier. The patented DryDex Dry Time Indicator features a unique formula that goes on pink and dries natural, letting you know when it’s time to sand and stain.

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2017-TNF
2017

Acquisition of Convenience Products

DAP Global acquired the foam division of Clayton Corporation, best known for its Touch 'N Foam and Touch 'N Seal brands. The insulating sealants and adhesives are an easy and cost-effective solution for a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial applications. The products are used around homes, buildings and other structures to eliminate air leaks and drafts, seal gaps and cracks, and insulate against the elements.

Extreme Stretch

2017

Extreme Stretch entered the market as a new Urethanized Acrylic Sealant that combines the superior flexibility, adhesion strength and durability of polyurethane with the ease of clean up and paint properties of an acrylic latex. It’s specially formulated to provide exceptional flexibility and superior adhesion to a variety of surface materials for a seal that won’t crack.

2017 Extreme Stretch
2017 Alex
2017

Alex Plus® and Alex Flex® Spackling

DAP expanded its popular Alex® brand with two new spackling solutions. Alex Plus® and Alex Flex® Spackling provide unsurpassed performance for filling holes and cracks on surfaces throughout the home with exceptional durability. Repaired areas won’t sink or shrink and can be easily sanded and painted.

Storm Bond 2

2017

Storm Bond 2 is a fast-curing, ultra-strong, two-component adhesive that virtually eliminates the need for nail and screw penetrations in the roof.

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2017 Ultra Clear
2017

Ultra Clear™

Ultra Clear™ Flexible All Purpose Waterproof Sealant outperforms the competition with its superior flexibility that won’t crack and clearer-than-silicone finish that stays crystal clear. Developed for interior and exterior projects, it stays permanently flexible, even in cold weather, providing a 100% waterproof and weatherproof seal.

DynaGrip®

2017

DAP created a new, complete line of construction adhesives with innovative technologies, including high-performance latex, solvent, and cutting-edge hybrid formulas. DynaGrip® Construction Adhesives formulas deliver high-strength bonds in hours and provide exceptional performance even in the most extreme weather conditions. The line is easier to gun for greater efficiency and includes several formulas that are low odor and compliant with stringent VOC regulations.

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2018

Platinum Patch™

DAP introduced its innovative Weather Max Technology® for superior all-weather defense and powerful UV protection against color fading, yellowing, discoloration and damage from harsh weather. The technology is featured in the company’s top-selling Dynaflex Ultra™ and Platinum Patch™ brands.

Dynaflex Ultra™

2018

Dynaflex Ultra™ Advanced Exterior Sealant entered the market as the latest innovation in sealants. Powered by breakthrough Weather Max Technology™, Dynaflex Ultra provides all-weather protection so the sealant won’t crack, color won’t fade, dirt rinses off and mildew and algae won’t grow.

2018 Dynaflex Ultra
Tank Bond
2020

Tank Bond™

Tank Bond™ entered the adhesive market as a complete line of hard-working adhesives ideal for an extensive list of professional and DIY applications. The family of products from DAP includes Thread Stopper, Liquid Grip, Heavy Duty Epoxy, and Threadlockers. Combined these military-grade adhesive products are strong enough to tackle repairs ranging from tools, home products and outdoor maintenance to boats, bicycles, automotive, motorcycles and even musical instruments.

Fast Dry Premium Spackling

2020

DAP Fast Dry Premium Spackling launches as a professional-grade spackling compound uniquely formulated to provide strength and durability like traditional heavyweight spackling, but also dries fast and can be painted in as little as 15 minutes. The ready-to-use formula spreads easily and won't sink, shrink or crack, filling even the largest of drywall repairs in one coat.

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2020

Premium Wood Filler

DAP Premium Wood Filler is a custom 3-in-1 wood filler, grain filler and sealer coat. Its unique formula allows users to match existing wood tones to create a repair that is seamless and invisible, or to add a touch of color to highlight undertones and natural grain patterns.

Premium Textured Concrete

2020

DAP Premium Textured Concrete is a textured latex sealant that simulates concrete allowing users to achieve more accurate color matching to common concrete material. The formula combines the extension recovery, elongation and durability needed to properly move and flex with heavy trafficked concrete surfaces while providing a long-lasting seal that is resistant to cracking. Its strong adhesion can be applied to concrete, mortar, brick, metal, stone, stucco, grout and textured walls.

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2020

Sound Block™ E90

Sound Block™ E90 is ideal for sealing openings around electrical boxes, pipes, duct systems, cut-outs and other types of utility equipment penetrating wall surfaces, as well as perimeter edges including abutting surfaces and corner joints. It also reduces smoke migration and drafts. Sound Block E90 meets all of the industry standards required for these applications, such ASTM E90, C919 and E84/UL723, making it the ideal choice for professionals.

Power Point® 300

2020

Rounding out DAP’s line of Power Point® caulks and sealants made exclusively for the pro painter, Power Point® 300 provides maximum flexibility and strong multi-material adhesion for a long-lasting, durable seal that won’t crack. Available in a full line of 14 colors to match today’s top trim and siding colors, it’s designed to stand up to the constant expansion and contraction that homes go through as the seasons change.

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2020

Extreme Stretch Acrylic Urethane Sealant

DAP expanded the Extreme Stretch product line to include 12 new colors designed to match the most common building substrates for windows, doors and siding. Extreme Stretch is specially formulated to provide exceptional flexibility and superior adhesion to a wide variety of building materials.

EclipseTM Rapid Wall Repair Patches

2020

DAP revolutionized the patch and repair category with its fastest, strongest and thinnest drywall repair solution to date: Eclipse™. Developed to solve the most frequent drywall repair frustrations faced by professionals and DIYers, Eclipse is a specially formulated all-in-one drywall repair solution that requires no spackling, sanding or additional tools for a completely mess-free repair – simply apply and it’s ready to paint immediately, allowing projects to be finished in minutes versus hours.

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2021

Low GWP Foam Kits

DAP revolutionized the patch and repair category with its fastest, strongest and thinnest drywall repair solution to date: Eclipse™. Developed to solve the most frequent drywall repair frustrations faced by professionals and DIYers, Eclipse is a specially formulated all-in-one drywall repair solution that requires no spackling, sanding or additional tools for a completely mess-free repair – simply applyand it’s ready to paint immediately, allowing projects to be finished in minutes versus hours.

Craft Foam

2021

DAP’s first spray foam designed for arts and crafts enthusiasts, Craft Foam expands to double its initial size when sprayed and cures to a hard, rigid surface that can be easily manipulated with its ability to be carved, sanded and painted. Dry to the touch in just 10 minutes and cuttable after one hour, the new spray foam allows crafters to easily design, shape and color their creations.

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2021

RapidFuse® Expansion

The RapidFuse line expanded with two new hybrid adhesives: RapidFuse® Ultra Clear All Purpose Adhesive and RapidFuse® Fast Curing Gel Adhesives. RapidFuse® Ultra Clear dries crystal clear and stays crystal clear with exceptional color stability for years to come, making it the ideal solution for repairs that may be visible inside or outside of the house. RapidFuse® Fast Curing Gel Adhesives feature a thick gel formula that won’t drip or run, making it particularly well suited for hard-to-reach areas or repairs on uneven or vertical surfaces.

Tank Bond™ Thread Stopper Tape

2021

Thread Stopper Tape is introduced as a new addition to the Tank Bond line. The new tape is designed to absorb shock and vibration while holding screws tightly in place. It works on all fastener types and sizes and is ready immediately – no dry time required – simply wrap the tape around the threads of any loose screw for a fast and effective solution. Screws treated with Thread Stopper Tape can still be easily removed and reused up to three times. The tape works on metal, wood and plastic, and a single roll covers up to 150 screws so you can fix every shake, slip and rattle on the job or around the home.

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2021

ALEX® Ultra

DAP expands legacy ALEX brand with the launch of ALEX® Ultra, a new sealant that outperforms the competition as the lowest shrink latex sealant on the market combined with a fast 15-minute paint ready time. Formulated with breakthrough anti-shrink technology, ALEX Ultra features silicone additives for greater flexibility and excellent adhesion to a wide variety of substrates, including wood, drywall, plaster, brick, masonry, glass, and most plastics and metals. These two features combined provides a long-lasting bead and excellent finish that won’t crack or lose adhesion over time.

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