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4 Key Factors to Consider When Determining the Suitability of a Tape Product for the Application

It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice to the tape industry, been entering or processing orders for some time or an experienced veteran selling adhesives for years; there’s always more to learn about the applications in which tape is being used. The Pro Tapes® Solutions Team is here to assist you through the process of selecting the right tape product for your adhesive needs. Time, temperature, conditions and surface are four factors to consider when determining the suitability of a tape product for the application.

1: Time

Consider how long the tape will remain on the desired surface.

Initial thoughts on time usually steer towards, how long a tape will remain on the intended surface, such as: hours, days, months or years? Will the tape be intended for temporary or permanent use? Although it’s usually an afterthought, or not a thought at all to your average user, it’s just as important to ask: does the bond strength need to be immediate or stronger over time? Most adhesives will cure and reach maximum bond after 24 hours.

2: Temperature

What is the max temperature resistance for tape

What is the max temperature resistance that needs to be met and for how long? Is short term or long term high temperature resistance required? An application may require intermittent or short term exposure to 400°F baking cycles and remove cleanly when done. This is often a requirement in automotive masking tapes used in automobile body painting. An example of long term temperature resistance may be exposure to heat and freezing temperatures permanently. Pro Tapes® has a variety of butyl tapes, like Pro® Flex, that are made for waterproof sealing and remain stable (even in fluctuating changes) in temperatures from -70°F to 200°F. Pro Tapes® liner of butyl and EHB tapes are unique because they are permanent and can withstand extreme changes or fluctuations in weather temperature or conditions within hours.

3: Conditions

What elements will the tape be exposed to?

What elements will the tape be exposed to? Will the tape be used indoors or outdoors? There are many factors to consider in regards to conditions. Some indoor factors include: storage conditions, humidity, chemicals and dust. Some outdoor factors include: UV rays, water, wind, ice, humidity, chemical and acid contact. Exposure to outdoor elements such as submersion under chlorine or salt water or air pressure during aviation can cause strain on the shelf-life of some tapes.

4: Surface

What type of surface is the tape adhering to?

What type of surface is the tape adhering to? Is this a LSE or HSE surface the tape is adhering to? LSE or Low Surface Energy is solvent less surfaces and can’t handle high temperatures. Some examples of LSE surfaces are some plastics (fluoride film, acetal), polypropylene, polystyrene, polyethylene, polyvinyl, PTFE and powder coated paints. HSE or High Surface Energy solvent based surfaces that can handle high temperatures. Some examples of HSE surfaces are metals (copper, zinc, tin, aluminum, lead, stainless steel, glass porcelain) and some plastics (kapton film, PVC, polyester, epoxy, paint, polyurethane paint and polycarbonate). Another complicated surface to consider is direct skin contact. Usually, the higher the surface energy the higher the adhesion that is required to stick.

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We encourage you to visit our online tape catalog and browse through our adhesive tape products to learn more. Pro Tapes® online tape catalog is designed to assist you in locating the adhesive product that best suits your needs. There are three different filters: Type, Application and Feature. If you know that you need a paper based product that will be used for color coding and labeling but also needs to remove clean, you can select those options and results will first display products that meet all three criteria (Artist Tape and Pro® 46). Our product selector functionality will also display the results of tapes that meet two or maybe only one of the criteria options.

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4 Reasons You Need to Add Pro Gaff® To Your Back To School List

Being prepared for school isn’t only about having the best supplies, but it’s about utilizing those supplies to remain organized, focused, and to help students achieve great things. Pro Gaff® can do just that, in more ways than just one.

Pro Gaff® is great for back to school for these 4 reasons:

  1. Twenty amazing bold colors to choose from! Coordinate with your school colors and/or design for the holidays and change out with each season!
  2. Repositionable, perfect for any surface. Trusted not to leave that sticky residue or marks behind.
  3. Rips easily both vertically and horizontally! No scissors! Clean and straight tears every time.
  4. Write directly on it without smears so you can get right to labeling and organizing all your things.

Pro Gaff® is writable, no smearing here! Decorate or label as needed! Customize & organize your locker to fit your unique style, and needs.

Students and even parents can use Pro Gaff® to keep organized and designate certain sections of a locker, or a wall to certain notes. One section can be a calendar, the other exam dates, the other game day. You get the picture, the list is totally customizable! The best part is, not only does Pro Gaff® come in 20 different colors, so you can take the customization to a whole new level…but you can also write on it and it removes completely clean. So no damaged lockers or walls. Also, to add some extra storage you can affix a container with UGlu® to the locker door, to keep things neat and tidy, and easily accessible when in a rush. Now if that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.

Use UGlu® to affix a container to your locker for extra storage.

Another way to utilize Pro Gaff® now that school is back in session… is to use it to practice reading and writing. I have this chalkboard that has been passed down a few generations now, so it’s super important to me to use a product I trust. Pro Gaff® is a reliable source. If you need a tape you can depend on and a surface you care a lot about I will have to introduce you to Pro Gaff® tape. It’s strong, holds up, it’s repositionable… yes! Repositionable!!! You can lift and move it till your heart’s content. And guess what? It will never leave you with that sticky weird goo or regret. Leave it there for a day, a month, whatever, there’s never any need to worry, you’ll get the same results.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff®. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

This manuscript line I created with Pro Gaff® is just one quick example of how to be a Pro® yourself (pun intended) and master your skills this year, whatever they are. My daughter will be practicing her writing, thanks to a quick application of Pro Gaff® to this old chalkboard.

Pro Gaff® tape is so easy to rip! It rips straight and crisp every single time! I could even rip it lengthwise (as seen in the dash lines) with ease. Seriously get yourself some now! This is a must-have for at home, at school, in the garage or in the car! Pro Tapes® stocks Pro Gaff® in a variety of sizes and colors to! Grab Pro® Pocket Gaff our pocket size offering to keep in your bag or in your car for use on the go! How will you use Pro Gaff® in your home, office or school today?

Pro® Pocket Gaff shown in in three fluorescent colors - fl yellow, fl orange, fl blue.

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Decorating your own Camping Tent: Where fun meets function

Who doesn’t love smores and good camp out with some old school shadow puppets?

To get the kids prepared for their first real campout away from home, I decided we would of course turn it into a fun art experience right in our backyard. The tent was super fun to decorate and we added a lot of safety hacks using Pro Tapes® tape products I thought were worth sharing.

Materials Used

Materials used for this project includes various Pro Gaff® and Pro Glow Gaff® products.

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Tapes Edition: Nail Free Dorm Hacks & DIYs

As a recent college graduate and former on campus resident (now renter), I’ve acquired a bunch of great hacks and DIYs over the years on ways to decorate and organize my space like a pro without damaging any walls, furniture, or my wallet!

Working at Pro Tapes® and learning about all of our amazing clean removal products, it had really opened my eyes to so many more ways to achieve the same outcome but with much more ease, and effectiveness. Before I would be using “clean removal” products that actually weren’t so easy to remove. Now that I have been introduced to UGlu®, Pro® 46 and Pro Gaff®; the whole game has changed!

Keep in mind there are two distinct ways I utilized these three Pro Tapes® products; one, tape is being used as the actual decoration, and two, tape is being used as a replacement for hooks, nails, glue or screws.

Shall we jump right into it?
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Dorm Hacks on hacks, on hacks using, tape, tape, & more tape

Who doesn’t love a good hack? Not only are these hacks awesome but they also really work!

Hack 1: Fix a Carpet

Ever had a carpet, or area rug that would just slip and slide no matter what? Get some UGlu®, apply it to the corners of your carpet or area rug and stick to floor…viola! No more slipping and sliding!

Hack 2: Quiet Drawers

Loud roommates? Or are you the loud one? “oops”
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Nail Free Hanging is Possible With Pro Tapes®

UGlu® is going to be your best friend if you are dorming or renting. UGlu® is a double sided, transparent tape that is strong, pH-neutral, non-toxic and removes clean. This means whatever surface you put it on will not be damaged during removal or leave behind any adhesive (this is a life saver)!!! Continue reading

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3 must-have adhesive tapes every household needs, but most people don’t even know exist

Most households have your general purpose duct tape, and maybe a roll or two of electrical and masking tapes. They are great to have around, but there are some very important products you may be missing in your arsenal. We are going to focus on 3 products that you will immediately Continue reading

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Tips for choosing the right adhesive tape for your application

Pro 5110G EHB (Extreme High Bond) is a modified acrylic foam adhesive tape.

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Did you know that some double-sided tapes are stronger than rivets, screws and glues? That’s right, STRONGER! However, each application has its own requirements and therefore you wouldn’t use the same tape to seal a box. How do you know which tape is right for your task at hand?

Some factors that drive the decision are:

  • What is being bound with the tape?
  • Will the tape be exposed to outdoor elements?
  • How permanent does the bond need to be?
  • Should the tape be highly visible or blend in?

Each tape has its strengths and weaknesses. Here are a few tips to consider when you’re not sure which tape best suits your application. Continue reading