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The Tape Doctor – Painter’s Tape

Episode #4

Painter’s Tape

Question: How does surface impact the type of painter’s tape used?

Answer:  The surface that you are painting on should be a major consideration
when selecting the type of painter’s tape.

Different tapes are constructed with different levels of adhesion, making it important to choose one that is strong enough to hold up on the surface you will be applying it to, without being so strong that it causes damage or leaves behind residue on removal.

  • Will your tape need to adhere to brick, metal, or wood? You may want a medium to high-adhesion tape.
  • Will you be masking off windows or other glass surfaces? Try to find a clean removal tape that is designed for glass application.
  • Do you need to mask off a freshly painted wall or a fragile surface? A delicate surface painter’s tape will remove cleanly without damage.

When selecting a painter’s tape for your next project, take into consideration the application surface in order to ensure a reliable hold and clean, damage-free removal.

Contact your sales representative for a free sample. We can help increase your productivity!

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The Tape Doctor – UHMW Tapes

Episode #3

UHMW Tapes

What is UHMW tape?

UHMW stands for ultra high molecular weight polyethylene tape. It comes in 5, 10 or 20 mil thicknesses and is available with an aggressive acrylic or rubber adhesive. It can be slit to any size. UHMW‘s glide surface is used for:

  • Food Processing (bearings and gears, chute liners, wear strips)
  • Material Handling and Packaging (anti-static chute liners, wear strips, bearings and gears)
  • Conveyor Systems (wear strips, gears, chain guides)
  • Marine (covers, doors, fixtures, handles)
  • Waste Water Treatment Facilities (wear strips, paddles, bearings, scraper blades, chute liners

Contact your sales representative for a free sample. We can help increase your productivity!

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The Tape Doctor – Aisle/Floor Marking Vinyl Tape

Episode #2

Aisle/Floor marking tape

Aisle/Floor marking tape can be used as an effective hazard communication strategy throughout your facility. Aisle/Floor marking tape comes in a wide range of different colors and styles, so you can assign each one to a different meaning.
Some specific uses that have been found in many facilities include the following:

  • Red Tape: DANGER! If you see red tape in any area of the facility, that means there is danger present and you need to take general precaution.
  • Yellow or Black/Yellow striped: Caution. There may be a danger present, such as a moving vehicle or other hazard that comes and goes at different times of the day.
  • Orange: Chemical Hazards. Anywhere that dangerous chemicals are in use can be marked off by orange floor marking tape. Placing this tape in any doorways of the rooms where these chemicals are used, for example, can alert people to the threat.
  • Blue: Steam Vent Area. Anywhere that hot water may be vented could be marked off with blue tape. Identifying the areas where there is danger from the steam, and applying this tape to the floor will alert people to this very serious hazard.

Of course, there are many other colors that you can use, and many other threats that exist. Once you’ve identified a set of standards that you’ll use in your facility, you need to make sure to provide sufficient training to everyone who works in the facility so they are aware of all the different meanings. Visit our website to view all available colors or ask your sales representative for more information.

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Introducing “The Tape Doctor” – Double Sided Tape

Episode #1

Double Sided Tape

Question: How do I choose the best double sided tape for my application?

There are two main varieties of double sided industrial tape, those with thick bonding systems and those with thin bonding systems. Double sided tapes with thick bonding systems are usually better able to bond to unusual, non-uniform, or highly patterned and textured surfaces. Thick bonding systems usually involve a foam carrier layer, and may vary significantly in strength. Thin bonding systems are, as the name suggests, much thinner – sometimes so thin that they consist of nothing but pure adhesive on a silicone liner.

BOTH THICK AND THIN BONDING SYSTEMS CAN USE EITHER ACRYLIC ADHESIVES OR RUBBER ADHESIVES. THERE ARE ADVANTAGES TO BOTH, ALTHOUGH RUBBER ADHESIVES ARE GENERALLY CHEAPER AND LESS SUITED FOR INTENSIVE LONG-TERM APPLICATIONS.

Acrylic adhesives, by contrast, are more expensive but age much better. They’re not as sensitive to light or heat, and are more resistant to most chemicals. The trade-off is that they make a weaker bond on the initial application although the hold does improve with strength over the initial few hours. For a short-term project in an undemanding environment the rubber adhesive option might be better for you.

Contact your sales representative to assist you in determining the tape best suited for your requirement.

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Use Tape for These 4 Household Projects

 

 

Winter is an ideal time to take on some household projects, from small changes to full-scale renovations. You don’t always need heavy or expensive tools to get started, since some household projects can be completed with the right kind of tape. If you’re working on getting your DIY checklist finished this weekend, pick up some tape and start on one of these tape-friendly projects.

Teflon Tape Stops Leaks in Their Tracks

Leaky plumbing is really annoying—and it can lead to more damage and extra utility bills. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t have the tools or expertise to start welding pipes together on a Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, hiring a plumber can get expensive very quickly.

Luckily, tape can come to your rescue. Plumber’s tape, otherwise known as Teflon tape, is a fine way to fix small leaks. Most occur where two plumbing components fit together. If there isn’t a water-tight seal between them, liquid has a way of squeezing through even the tiniest spaces. Wrap some Teflon tape around the surface in 4-6 layers. The tape will form a seal around the junction, creating a “skin.”

Carpet Tape Tames Unruly Area Rugs

Is an out of place area rug driving you crazy? Are you constantly readjusting it so it stops moving whenever you step foot on it? Simply tape it down. Don’t just use any tape, though; there’s a special tape made to keep wayward rugs in place.

Double-sided tape (or its more specialized cousin carpet tape) is made exactly for that purpose. Carpet tape in particular is sticky on both sides and designed to stick to interior or exterior surfaces without peeling off paint or ruining hardwood. The best part is that it’s water resistant, so even if you’re wiping off your wet shoes on the rug, it won’t budge.

Duct Tape Can Be Used to Waterproof Your Old Shoes

Speaking of wet shoes, you can waterproof any pair of shoes using duct tape! Whether you want to make a pair of boots waterproof for working outside on a rainy day or you want to make sure your favorite sneakers are impervious to rain, duct tape is the answer. Fortunately, duct tape comes in colors other than the standard gray, so you can make your shoes waterproof and good-looking.

Cable Zone Tape Keeps Wires Out of Your Hair

Cable isn’t always installed in the most convenient places. Sometimes they can be downright bothersome. Whether they’re running across a threshold, hanging down in a doorway, or somewhere else they shouldn’t be, an uncooperative cable can be distracting at best and a safety hazard at worst. Keep those cables together and out of the way by wrapping them with cable zone tape. The center is smooth, so it’s easy to slide cable right into the sleeve. On the outside, a strong adhesive lets you stick that bunch of cables anywhere. It won’t leave a residue if you need to remove it in the future.

Are you on the hunt for a specific kind of tape for your project? Tapes and Technical Solutions has a huge inventory full of any type of tape you can imagine. Contact us today for help choosing the best materials for your project.