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Where Will Vinyl Tapes Go Next?

 Substrates and Adhesion – Know Your Surface

3M™ Vinyl Tapes are used in countless applications and industries. With their aggressive adhesion, wear resistance and clean removal from most surfaces, 3M™ vinyl tapes offer benefits for a wide range of uses, bonding and sealing to most surfaces on contact.

Here are just a few ways that customers have used these workhorse tapes:

Floor Marking
Vinyl tapes make a great alternative to paint for floor marking, requiring less surface preparation and far less time to install. Plus, when it’s time to make a change to the floor marking, the tapes simply peel up for clean removal from most surfaces. Customers have used 3M™ vinyl tapes in applications like:

  • Marking lanes in factories, warehouses and hospitals
  • Marking hazardous areas
  • Highlighting safety equipment locations
  • Marking gymnasium courts

In any of these applications, the tapes’ abrasion resistance and long-term color retention enable great visibility. They also stretch to conform to curved surfaces and around corners for a tight fit, with great “dead stretch” performance. Some competing vinyl tapes eventually shrink back toward their original size after stretching, which can cause the tape’s edges to curl up, leading to tripping hazards or shortening the life of the adhesive as dirt and debris collect on the exposed edge. But the dead stretch capability of 3M™ vinyl tapes helps them stay put firmly after stretching.

Color-Coding
Need to organize tools, storage systems, piping, instruments or almost any other equipment? 3M™ vinyl tapes are great for durable color-coding. They resist scrapes, wear, weathering, moisture and most chemicals, so matter what tools or equipment you need to mark, chances are vinyl tape is up to the task.

Application Spotlight
In the manufacturing industry, vinyl tapes are often used for color-coding in facilities that operate according to Lean Six Sigma principles. The tapes can be used to color code tools for a specific day or task, helping workers quickly identify and organize their equipment.

Masking
The chemical resistance and clean removal of 3M™ vinyl tapes makes them very useful for specific masking applications, including:

  • Fine line paint masking, where they create sharp clean lines for color separation. The flexible backing curves, stretches and holds even with a radius as tight as 1.5” for following irregular designs. While some competitor tapes can “ghost” in this application, leaving behind a fine film after removal, 3M™ vinyl tapes are engineered for clean removal from most surfaces.
  • Anodizing and electroplating, where the chemical resistance of the tapes makes them ideal for masking off metals.

Locked-In Color, Outstanding Performance
One major advantage of using 3M™ vinyl tapes for any of these applications is their “locked-in” color. Some other vinyl tapes are simply colored with a coat of ink on top of the vinyl, but 3M™ makes its own vinyl with solid color throughout. This construction helps 3M™ vinyl tapes stay bright throughout their lifetime.

With their great performance, strong bond and clean removal from most surfaces, it’s no wonder that 3M™ vinyl tapes are used in so many places. To learn if they might be the right choice for your application,
call 800-362-3550 or visit 3M™ vinyl tapes.

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