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.