Will 440-R SMT Detergent clean SMD adhesives?
Yes! However, cleaning adhesives is not quite as easy as cleaning solder paste. Wash cycle times are usually 2-3 minutes and most adhesives require warm wash water (95 degrees F, 35 degrees C).
Ultrasonic scrubbing (cavitation) is a pulling action caused by the implosion of millions of microscopic vapor bubbles. This pulling action is very affective in cleaning particulate matter (such as solder balls in solder paste). The particulates actually help carry the paste away from the stencil.
Adhesives, on the other hand, are soft, elastic and without particulate matter. Ultrasonic cleaning of adhesives is like "pulling on a rubber band". Contact Smart Sonic for a copy of the recommended protocol for cleaning adhesives with a Smart Sonic Stencil Cleaner.