Metal Foil Tape Guide

Metal Foil Tapes are high performance products manufactured with top quality metallic material. These tapes perform capably in a wide range of applications from common tape tasks like masking, wire bundling and duct sealing to special tasks unique to foil tapes like heat shielding, light reflecting and heat conducting. Depending on the product line these tapes can offer specialized characteristics such as superior confromability, heat transfer, electrical transfer, sound dampening or vibration dampening. Metal Foil Tapes can also exhibit protective qualities by providing resistance to chemicals, moisture and UV rays. Due to the usage of high quality materials and the presence of unique characteristics these products are commonplace in Appliance, Construction, Aerospace, Automotive and Metal Finishing industries.

STANDARD ALUMINUM FOIL TAPES

Standard Aluminum Foil Tapes like 3M 425 and 3M 3311 feature several unique advantages over tapes made with polymer backings. Aside from being constructed from malleable metals that increase a tape’s comformability during application, they are designed for low vapor transmission, thermal conductivity, heat and light reflectivity, UL recognized flame resistance and outdoor weathering. These qualities allow these types of products to be used for masking aircraft for paint stripping, covering sheeting tears on truck trailers or aircraft and splicing foils.

SPECIALTY FOIL TAPES

3M offers Specialty Foil Tapes optimized for specific purposes. Tapes made of Lead, Copper and Glass Cloth-reinforced Aluminum may be found in this lineup.

Lead Foils such as 3M 420 and 3M 421 feature the typical set of metal foil tape features like thermal conductivity and excellent conformability. However they also feature acid resistance for electroplating and anodizing applications and radiopacity for x-ray applications.

A Copper Foil Tape such as 3M 3313 offers premium performance due to its copper structure. Copper is a top grade metal that offers superior malleability for improved conformability as well as superior electric and heat conductivity. In addition Copper Tapes can provide EMI/RFI shielding and conductive acrylic adhesive.

Glass Cloth-reinforced Aluminum foil tapes like 3M 363 feature typical Aluminum Foil Tape characteristics like high temperature resistance, heat reflection and light reflection. In addition to these features the reinforced design of these tapes improves tensile strength allowing the availability of these features while the tape is concurrently used for bundling or sealing.

DAMPING FOIL

The majority of 3M’s Damping Foil Tapes feature a specially formulated viscoelastic acrylic polymer (VEP) designed for noise reductions, fatigue reduction and vibration damping. This specialized acrylic can convert vibrational energy into negligible heat which eliminates the noise and wear from vibrating parts. These characteristics make these products suitable for eliminating unwanted vibration on metal panels and support structures.

DIE-CUTTING AND OTHER VALUE ADDED SERVICES

TapeCase is equipped to provide ISO 9001:200 certified die-cutting services on metal foil tapes to provide any specified shape necessary for your intended application. All die-cutting is done in-house allowing us to provide you short lead times and detailed control over the specifications. TapeCase is capable of producing individual die cut pieces as well as kiss cuts (cutting down to but not through the release liner).

Along with die-cutting TapeCase also offers a full range of  in-house tape converting services including but not limited to perforating, adding extended liners and slitting rolls to specified width.

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TapeCase has several product experts on hand to help guide our customers with greater depth into each individual product and converting service. For more help choosing a correct metal foil tape or arranging product customization for your specific application contact our team of knowledgeable representatives.

Protective Film Tape

Protective Film Tapes are products that provide surface protection in order to avoid scratches and abrasion on vital items. These film tapes are commonly constructed with durable layers of Polyester, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, Polyurethane or specially engineered Co-Extruded film mated to an adhesive for application onto a surface.

FILM MATERIAL

A protective tape’s film type is a major differentiating factor among the product lines found in the protective film tape market. When these film materials are compared at similar thickness gauges, the aforementioned film materials have unique characteristics and properties such as abrasion resistance, puncture resistance, UV durability, heat durability, confomability and visual transparency which play a major role when determining the correct product to use.

POLYETHYLENE

Polyethylene tapes such as 3M 3126C provide a good standard performance offering visual transparency through the film and abrasion resistance at economical price points.

POLYESTER

Polyester film tapes like 3M 1614C and 3M 1675C offer superior visual transparency while adding excellent heat and puncture resistance.

POLYPROPYLENE

Polypropylene tapes feature excellent abrasion resistance along with heat resistance and short term UV resistance.

CO-EXTRUDED

Co-Extruded tapes are multi-polymer products. Product lines under this category are engineered with custom film materials for specialized tasks. 3M offers multiple families of Co-Extruded tapes such as the UV Blue (3M 2AU23B/UV) and UV Black/White (3M 25X) lines. Both these UV series provide UV resistance for several months and allow for outdoor usage. The Carpet Tape series including products such as 3M 2E79 features a lineup of durable Co-Extruded film tapes designed for optimal conformability over irregular, textured surfaces such as carpets. The “A” series, a premium product line among all 3M Protective Film Tapes features some Co-Extruded entries such as 3M 25A10C intended for maximal abrasion resistance. The “A” series also features excellent conformability and resistance to abrasion, puncturing and heat.

THICKNESS

Protective film tape offerings are manufactured at a wide variety of thicknesses. This will affect the amount of protective material placed over a surface. When comparing differing thickness gauges of the same film material, thicker gauges will be more rigid and more resistant to abrasion and damage. Thinner gauges of film will be more conformable to the surface and more economical.

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Several factors affect the choosing of the most appropriate protective film tape. For instance properties of the strength and type of adhesive will affect the duration of the bond and compatibility of surfaces. TapeCase has product experts on hand to help guide customers on the complexities of the protective film tape lineup specific to their needs and questions. TapeCase also offers a full range of customization services including but not limited to Perforating, Die-Cutting and Slitting rolls to specified widths to further accommodate the customers’ needs. For more help choosing a correct protective film tape or arranging product customization for your specific application, contact our team of knowledgeable representatives.