In many applications it is important to have the correct tape, as "cutting corners" or cost cutting could cause a lot of trouble down the track, if for example: tapes are not UV stabilised and used outdoors, will eventually breakdown and fail; if a tape has no thermal expansion properties, and cannot expand or contract with heat, your sign will fail, and so on.
Double sided tapes have proven labour cost reductions, save having to use conventional fasteners such as glues, rivets no set up time, very little tools or skills are required in applying double-sided tapes - very easy to use.
Embossing and Tape Supplies have listed below the basic tapes which will cover the majority of applications used in the sign and display industries. If you have specific or critical applications, need more advice, please contact us for other products available, tech data sheets, etc.
Double sided tissue tapes; these are very thin double sided tapes with a "tissue carrier", hand tearable, come in a range of rubber and acyric adhesives. Double-sided tissue tapes are available as removable or permanent.
- Posters (temporary / permanent)
- Name plates, trophys
- Point-of-sale material (designed for internal use only)
Adhesive transfer tapes have a wide range of uses and are available from -1mtr logs down to 6mm rolls. the small rolls (6mm, 9mm, 12mm and 18mm) are designed to fit into adhesive transfer guns (ATGs) for portable easy application.
Adhesive transfer tapes come in different levels of transparency and are available in permanent or removable adhesion strengths.
- Mounting letters / numbers onto signs, shop windows
- Name plates, trophies
- Point of sale assembly
Visual merchandising – posters (designed primarily for internal use, there are some products that can be used outdoors) "banner tape". This is a thin, double-sided PVC tape that can be used for a number of applications (listed above) but is primarily used to join banners, scroller boards, thin graphic material that needs to be joined and is thin enough and flexible enough to pass through rollers, scrolled up and down but still maintain its strong bond. (designed for internal use only)
Double-sided polyester tape this is a thin transparent double sided tape that is generally very clear with a high tack that is used in applications where transparent materials are bonded together and the tape / join needs to be invisible.
Applications for this include;
- Glass / perspex fabrication
- Name plates
- Lightweight signs / displays (designed for internal use only)
Double-sided foam tapes this wide range of products include bodymould tapes, glazing tapes and mounting tapes. they are designed for heavier use, bigger products. our double-sided foam tapes come in a range of thicknesses from .8mm up to 6.4mm applications include:
- Mounting signs
- Mirror mounting
- Door trims
- Glazing (designed primarily for internal use, there are some products that can be used outdoors)
Double-sided high-bond acrylic foam tapes are designed for high strength applications, are presently available in white, clear, grey and black. They are presently available in .5mm, 1mm and 2.3mm thicknesses.
Applications for our range of high bond double-sided acrylic foam tapes are:
- Sign fabrication
- Sign installation
- Sheet metal fabrication
- Building facades
- Architectural signage / panel bonding
- Commercial vehicle
(these products are UV stabilised can be used indoors and outdoors)
Important factors to take into consideration when applying double sided tapes include:
- Surface preparation - making sure surfaces are clean, free from oils, dirt and dust. A good product for this is an adhesive cleaner and solvent.
- Another important fact in surface preparation is to make sure, if need be that your bonding surfaces have been abraided (given a little bit of sanding) to remove protective coatings, anti-graffiti coatings to allow the tape to make a maximum bond. In some cases, such as low surface energy plastics, etc that an adhesive promoter is used, also for the bonded materials to make a full strength bond.
- Surfaces are sealed – if you are applying tape to concrete, particleboard, bricks, plywood, mdf, etc that a sealant is used on these products to "seal" the surface before you apply your tape. If the surface is not sealed, the tape will only stick to the fibres and particles on the surface of your substrate and not the full body of the material you are bonding too. Which will eventually lead to the loose surface material sticking to the tape and the tape lifting / falling off what you are adhering it too.
- Full surface contact is made when applying tape – when you are applying double-sided tape, it is very important to make sure that full surface contact is made with the tape to the products you are adhering too. In other words make sure that the tape is fully stuck / has made contact with both sides of the products you are sticking together.
- This can be achieved by either:
- a) running your hand along the full area where you have adhered your tape too.
- b) using a pressure applicator / "squiggie"
- c) using a pressure roller
Surface area is covered in relation to the product you are adhering. In other words, don’t have a big sign with a little bit of tape stuck to it and think it will hold. You have to cover at a minimum, strategic points around your sign, e.g. on corners in the middle, etc to have a good bond.
If you like some information on our other range of products we supply, or if you have any applications that you would like more detailed information, data sheets, testing, etc please feel free to contact ETS on (02)9526 2055.