CHOOSING THE RIGHT TAPE FOR THE JOB
So you’re here, you have decided to put away your glue gun, hammer or drill and realised that there may be a better, safer and tidier solution. Here at Stikon we know our tissue tapes from our filmic and foam tapes, but we do appreciate that not everyone’s a sticky tape expert. We are determined to do all that we can to make choosing the right double-sided tape as easy as it can be. We are always happy to talk to you and help you choose, however if you are short on time, here is a quick guide to help you select the right category.
S-FIX FILMIC DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE
Filmic double-sided tapes have a film carrier, like PET, PP or PVC, an adhesive on both sides and also a release liner on one or both sides. The film carrier gives the tape dimensional strength and acts as a barrier between the two adhesive coatings. Typically, these tapes are used to bond or fix flexible materials (such as paper, films, cardboard) and semi-rigid materials (such as rubber strips or magnets). For any surfaces which are porous or uneven, you should choose a thicker tape that has more adhesive.
S-FIX TISSUE DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE
Tissue Tapes do have a carrier like the filmic tapes, but it is a soft ‘non-woven’ or tissue material. This means less dimensional strength, but the tape is much more conformable. On a rough or textured material, the filmic carrier of a double-sided tape stays flat and can stop the adhesive from making contact with all of the surface. Tissue tape is great in this case as the soft tissue and tacky adhesive, bond easily to the surface. Used on corrugated, board, rubbers, foams, vinyl and even leather. This tape also works well when the material needs to bend in its application.
S-MOUNT FOAM TAPES (PE OR PVC)
Foam tape is often used for mounting or sealing applications (or both), for example mounting signs, picture frames, car repair, or glazing. The key purpose of the foam carrier is to make sure the adhesive makes contact with all of the surface, as well as keeping out moisture, contaminants, the British weather or even burglars (security glazing tapes). For load bearing and mechanical resistance, choose a thinner foam tape with high density to avoid internal tears. For uneven surfaces, vibration absorption, gaps, and to allow some movement, choose thicker foam with lower density.
S-BOND HIGH-BOND TAPES
High bond tape for permanent bonding of similar or dissimilar rigid / solid surfaces like, metals, glass, and plastics. Available in clear, white, grey and black. These bonding tapes are amazing, but do not tend to work well on porous or textured surfaces, so for example wood and plasterboard need to be sealed or painted before bonding. S-Bond Tapes are used as a replacement for screws, nails, or rivets. They spread the load over a much larger surface and absorb stress and vibration. They are suitable for long term, outdoor applications.
Hope this is helps when choosing your ideal double-sided tape. Of course, many times there is more than one possible solution, and sometimes it really comes down to personal preference. We love to hear about your applications, so give us a call or drop us a line, perhaps with some images and we will let you know what we think.