Woodblock adhesive

grip-a-bloc is a rubber modified bitumen emulsion adhesive.


For the fixing of 20-25mm thick woodblock flooring

Note: Do not use for miniature mosaic blocks

  • Solvent free – safe to use indoors
  • Ready to use packaging
  • Easy to use
  • Economical
  • No thinning required
Surface Preparation

It is important that sub-floors be firm, non-yielding, smooth, even, clean, dry and free from foreign material. On contact floors i.e. floors on ground, check for rising damp by placing squares of roofing felt or plastic sheet (approximately 1 metre x 1 metre) at various points and leave overnight. If dry, no moisture will be present on underside of membrane when lifted the following morning.

Since woodblock preservatives may contain bitumen solvents, ensure blocks are solvent-free.

Bonding / Priming

No special primer required.


Stir well before use.


Approximate coverage 1 m2/L. Dependent on application method.


Spread adhesive evenly, using a notched steel trowel (e.g. Vickers 24B), to ensure that the correct coverage is achieved. Do not allow adhesive to set before laying the blocks. Blocks must be laid immediately into the wet adhesive. For individual blocks, it is convenient to dip the blocks. Pour about 6mm of adhesive into a shallow dish. Dip the block and wipe off excess on the edge of the dish and then place the block immediately. Do not sand wood block flooring for approximately 48 hours after completion. 

Typical Physical Properties
 Type of solvent Water based
Flash point None
Setting or drying time Approximately 60 minutes according to prevailing conditions
Service temperature range Up to 40 °C
Fire resistance Wet: non-flammable Dry: Low flame spread

Tools, brushes and mixing equipment should be cleaned immediately after use and before material has set with abe® super brush cleaner followed by washing with soap and water.

Application Temperature

5 °C to 40 °C

Model Specification

Rubber modified bitumen emulsion woodblock adhesive. (Not for miniature mosaic woodblocks).

The adhesive will be grip-a-bloc, a rubber modified, bitumen emulsion compound applied in accordance with the recommendations of a.b.e.® 


1 L, 5 L and 25 L containers.

Handling & Storage

This product has a shelf life of 12 months if kept in a dry cool place in the original packaging. In more extreme conditions this period might be shortened.

Health & Safety

Product safety information required for safe use is not included. Before handling, read product and safety data sheets and container labels for safe use, physical and health hazard information. The safety data sheet is available from your local a.b.e.® sales representative.

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® endeavours to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot accept any liability for application – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® products are applied.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total

a.b.e.® has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over the years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction