Getting the best results from our Stikon adhesive tapes involves a simple yet easily underestimated process to ensure you get the best out of our tape. Every application is unique of course, but there are some general measures which apply to most scenarios.
PREPARING YOUR SURFACE
First check the surfaces and make sure they are in the best possible condition for a strong adhesive bond. For example, some porous surfaces such as plasterboard or wood will need to be sealed. Make uneven surfaces as smooth as possible and make sure there are no gaps between the surfaces which the tape cannot fill. You may also choose a tape that can conform to the irregularities. When applying to paint, make sure the paint adheres well to the surface, as this will be the weakest link otherwise. Primers and adhesion promoters are available for some difficult surfaces, such as low energy plastics, which occasionally can be useful to ensure a stronger bond.
CLEANING YOUR SURFACE
It’s always essential to make sure the surface is clean. Even if it looks clean there may still be an oily or greasy residue left behind. This will form a barrier between the adhesive and the surface, significantly affecting the final bond strength. The best way to clean is with IPA industrial alcohol such as our Stikon Multi-Purpose Cleaning wipes. These have just the right amount of alcohol & deionized water on a strong lint-free wipe. Right now every order you place with us will include 1 free wipe. Any additional sachets can be purchased on the site.
APPLYING PRESSURE TO YOUR TAPE
Most of our tapes fall into the category of ‘pressure sensitive adhesives’ (PSA). Achieving a strong bond requires the adhesive to make as much contact with the surface as possible. To achieve this it is important to apply sufficient pressure over the whole surface when applying your tape. Optimum pressure can be achieved by using an application roller which helps to add the right amount of pressure over the whole surface. But, thankfully, in most cases some good old fashioned pressure-by-thumb does the job too. If the surface you are applying to is quite uneven then more pressure will be required to achieve the same results. Application at lower temperatures also requires more pressure.
APPLY AT THE CORRECT TEMPERATURE
Another important factor is the temperature that you apply the tape at. Typically you would need to apply your tape at around 20℃ – 50℃ however this can vary depending on the type of tape that you are using. In combination with pressure this has all to do with making sure the adhesive molecules make optimum contact with the surface. As a general rule, keeping tape and application surfaces above room temperature during application is recommended for all tapes. Once the tape is applied the temperature can fall below (or rise above) the recommended values as the adhesion has already keyed and will not be affected by the temperature anymore.
GIVE YOUR TAPE SOME TIME
Sometimes people can be a little too hasty when checking the strength of their bond, it is always recommended to give some time for the bond to adhere fully. Depending on the type of tape you are using and what surface you are applying to, the time required for the bond to fully adhere can vary. For example a tissue tape , which is very tacky and flexible, requires little or no extra time to adhere fully, however when using a High-Bond tape it can take up to 24 hours for the bond to be at optimum strength (and will increase from there on).
We have hoped you enjoyed our short little guide on how to get the best out of your tapes. For more information on any of the above please visit our online store at https://stikon.co.uk/.