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 OUT1906
In 1906, Dicks bought out Wiggim and partnered with George Pontius.
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 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.
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 Compounds1964
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.
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 Caulk1980
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.
Weldwood products merged into the DAP product line, expanding the company’s expertise and offerings in the adhesive category.
Advanced Acrylic Latex1984
DAP is first to introduce 230-grade sealant.
The Plastic Wood® brand is integrated into the DAP portfolio of products in the 90's.
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.
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 Spackling1998
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.
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 Sealants2001
Designed with an advanced polymer formula, SideWinder siding and window sealant debuted delivering excellent performance on a variety of substrates.
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.
DAP acquired the Phenoseal® brand, a line adhesive caulk that Does It All!
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® 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.
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 Sealants2014
Simple Seal™ debuted offering specially formulated sealants to tackle kitchen and bath, weatherproofing and paint projects.
2014 Commercial Kitchen Silicone 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.
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 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.
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.
Acquisition of Convenience Products
DAP 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, cost-effective solution for a variety of residential, commercial and industrial applications, and are used to eliminate air leaks and drafts, seal gaps and cracks, and insulate against the elements.
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.
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 22017
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.
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.
DAP created a new cutting-edge line of high-performance latex, solvent, and hybrid construction adhesives with innovative technologies. DynaGrip® is easier to gun for greater efficiency, delivering high-strength bonds in hours and exceptional performance in extreme weather conditions. Several formulas are low-odor and compliant with stringent VOC regulations.
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™ 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.
Tank Bond™ is a hard-working, military-grade line of adhesives ideal for various professional and DIY applications ranging from tools, home products and outdoor maintenance, to boats, bicycles, automotive, and even musical instrument repairs. The family of products from DAP includes Thread Stopper, Liquid Grip, Heavy Duty Advanced Epoxy, Clear Epoxy and Threadlockers.
Fast Dry Premium Spackling2020
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.
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 Concrete2020
DAP Premium Textured Concrete is a latex sealant that simulates concrete, enabling better matching of common concrete material. Formulated with the extension recovery, elongation and durability needed for heavy-traffic surfaces, its long-lasting, crack-resistant seal is perfect for concrete, mortar, brick, metal, stone, stucco, grout and textured wall applications.
Sound Block™ E90
Sound Block™ E90 is ideal for sealing openings around equipment penetrating wall surfaces and perimeter edges including abutting surfaces and corner joints, and for reducing smoke migration and drafts. Sound Block E90 meets all industry standards required for these applications, including ASTM E90, C919 and E84/UL723, making it the ideal choice for professionals.
Power Point® 3002020
Rounding out DAP’s line of Power Point® caulks and sealants made exclusively for pro painters, Power Point® 300 provides maximum flexibility and strong multi-material adhesion for a long-lasting, durable seal that won’t crack. Available in 14 colors to match today’s top trim and siding colors, it’s designed to withstand a home’s seasonal expansion and contraction changes.
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.
Eclipse™ Rapid Wall Repair Patches2020
Eclipse™ revolutionized the patch and repair category as DAP’s fastest, strongest and thinnest drywall repair solution for common drywall frustrations. Eclipse is a specially-formulated, all-in-one, mess-free solution that requires no spackling, sanding or additional tools—simply apply and it’s ready to paint, allowing projects to be finished in minutes versus hours.
Low GWP Foam Kits
DAP optimized its premium Touch ‘n Foam® Professional and Touch ‘n Seal® spray foam products to provide superior insulating properties and lessen their environmental impact with a lower Global Warming Potential (GWP). The reformulated foam kits are developed to meet changing hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) regulatory requirements in low-pressure polyurethane spray foams.
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.
RapidFuse® Ultra Clear All Purpose Adhesive dries and stays crystal clear with exceptional color stability for smooth repairs both indoors and out with a self-leveling, non-brittle formula. RapidFuse® Fast Curing Gel Adhesives are ideal for hard-to-reach, uneven or vertical areas and won’t drip or run. It comes in a tube or gel control applicator for precise applications.
Tank Bond™ Thread Stopper Tape2021
Thread Stopper absorbs shock and vibration and secures loose screws and fasteners of any size. Simply wrap it around loose threads on metal, wood or plastic surfaces for an instant, tight grip. Every roll covers up to 150 screws, and those treated with the tape can be removed/reused up to three times, making it perfect for every shake, slip or rattle on the job or at home.
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. Formulated with breakthrough anti-shrink technology, ALEX Ultra features silicone additives for greater flexibility and excellent adhesion to a wide variety of substrates.
AMP™ Advanced Modified Polymer Sealants2021
DAP combines the power of multiple technologies to create the ultimate hybrid sealant. DAP AMP has exceptional weatherability, durability and mold and mildew resistance providing maximum performance for every project, while outperforming silicone in key performance attributes such as wet surface application, paintability and crystal-clear clarity.