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3M Adhesive Tapes - Why choose them?

Jun 9, 2008
There are various different types of 3M adhesive tapes which one can purchase today. Each one of them has been developed and designed to ensure that they offer reliable performance each time that they are used no matter the situation. In fact there is a 3M adhesive tape which will easily meet all your own particular requirements no matter what they are.

3M has now gained more than 50 years experience in relation to the development of all forms of adhesive technology and one of the most well recognized producers of adhesive tapes today. Whatever tape they produce they are designed for use in a number of different ways. Some are designed for helping to bond items together, other for masking and others to protect or shield. Then there are those which are used as a sealant, for damping or splicing and of course you have their more traditional tapes which adhere one thing to another.

In this article we are going to take a look at just some of the kinds of adhesive tapes that the company 3M have developed and which they now produce. Some of the tapes that they have are not only very adhesive, but can resist high temperatures and moisture or solvents.

1. VHB Tape - This is a tape designed for bonding plastic, glass or metal to each other and since its arrival has proven to be extremely reliable. No longer when you are a fixing an item to another will you need to worry about drilling or having the fasteners protruding so a much cleaner and professional look can be achieved.

2. Adhesive Transfer Tape - These are pressure sensitive and have adhesive on both sides as does the VHB tape. However this tape has a liner on one side of the adhesive to protect whilst you apply the other side to the first surface. This is a tape that can be used with many light weight materials and is ideal for paper and plastic products.

3. Specialty Masking Tape - This one has been developed for use with printed circuit boards, chemical baths and photographic processes. The tape contains components which allow the surface to adhere to the item and are in no away affected by the chemicals or metal that they may come into contact with.

4. Metal Foil Tape - This kind of adhesive tape from 3M comes in a number of different styles. The main one used is one which has an aluminum covering to it, but there is also a aluminum reinforced tape and one that contains a lead backing. All of them come with a silicone adhesive and are very soft and malleable so can be wrapped around anything. These tapes are used on items where temperature levels can get extremely high.

The 3M adhesive tapes that we have mentioned above are not only easy to use but are also readily available both online and at your local DIY or Hardware Store. However, to ensure that they stick to the surfaces properly it is advisable that you make sure the surface is completely clean. Therefore it is a good idea to wipe the surface of the item with warm water and mild detergent to remove any build up of grease, dust or debris on it. Then allow the surface to dry fully before you actually apply the adhesive tape to it.
About the Author
RW Greeff supply a range of 3M Adhesive Tapes which are for commercial as well as home use. They are a UK supplier of a range of commercial consumables including masking tapes, commercial adhesives, abrasives and health and safety equipment.
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