9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Double-Sided Tape
Most tape failures can be avoided by following one simple rule: Choose the right tape for the application. Sounds easy enough, but we find there’s a “one tape fits all” approach lurking on job sites and it’s wreaking havoc with your results. Tape is a tool, just like a hammer, just like a saw. In fact, you wouldn’t choose a reciprocating saw for a project that calls for a circular saw, so why use a duct tape when the project calls for outdoor double-sided tape?
Speaking of double-sided tape, there are many different options available on the market. Before you just reach for the first one you see, ask yourself these 9 questions first:
- What are the two surfaces you are bonding?
- What are the outside environmental conditions? Is it hot, cold, humid, dry? Be specific.
- What width do you need?
- Will the tape be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures?
- How long do you need the tape to hold? Meaning, do you need a temporary or permanent solution?
- If you need to remove the tape, do you need it to be clean removal?
- What will the tape be exposed to while you are applying it, and afterward? Consider moisture, heat, cold, water, UV, and dirt.
- Does the tape need to be a certain thickness for the application to work?
- Is there any heat involved in the application process, i.e. in manufacturing?
- Are there any specifications you need or are required for the job at hand (i.e., EPA codes, UL approval, etc.)?
What it all boils down to is knowing these three things: your job, your materials and your field conditions. Only then can you match the right adhesive with your project and decide if you need heat-resistant, extra wide, or specialty outdoor double-sided tape. By thinking about and answering these questions in regards to the adhesive, you can increase the longevity and success of your projects.
Did you know: We created a great field guide to choosing the right tape. Download it here. The sheer volume of pressure sensitive adhesives is so overwhelming that it’s hard to know where to begin.