About us

The #1 in the USA is now in Australia

For over 50 years, DAP has been trusted by professionals and DIYers to build, renovate and repair homes around the world. DAP gives you confidence from start to finish, with the most advanced formulations and scientific breakthroughs that are proven to work every time.

America’s leading name in home repairs is now available in Australia. Available on Amazon and now some retail outlets.

Our History

Founded in 1865, DAP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of caulks, sealants, foam, adhesives, and patch and repair products with a history of first-to-market innovations. For over 155 years, DAP has provided professional contractors, remodelers and do-it-yourselfers with trusted, quality, reliable, and long-lasting products.

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 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.