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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.



How to Choose Tape Liners

Tape liners are removable layers of a tape construction that play an important role of keeping a tape’s adhesive protected and preserved until the time of use. These liners are commonly made of film and paper materials in several varieties in order to accommodate a wide spectrum of industrial needs.


Film liners are made from durable clear films that add tensile strength to a tape suitable for high speed processes like rotary die-cutting.

Clear Polyester (PET)

Polyester liners (PET) are high strength film liners suited for high speed die-cutting and dispensing. (eg. Green Polyester Tape)

Clear High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) liners have similar strengths to PET liners allowing for high speed processing and dispensing. (eg. 3M 9172MP)


Paper liners come in different varieties of Densified Kraft and Polycoated Kraft. Densified Kraft liners are made to withstand rotary processing while Polycoated Kraft liners are manufactured to resist moisture and humidity.

Densified Kraft (DK)

Densified Kraft Liners are silicone treated on the adhesive side to cover the tape while die-cutting and are printable on the exposed side. (eg. 3M 927)

Extended Densified Kraft (XL)

Extended Densified Kraft Liners are similar to DK liners but the liner extends beyond the adhesive for easier handling and removal. (eg. 3M 465XL)

Polycoated Kraft (PCK)

Polycoated Kraft Liners are notable for moisture, wrinkling and curling resistance. (eg. 3M 467MP)

Extensible Polycoated Kraft (EK)

Extensible Polycoated Kraft liners build upon the characteristics of the Polycoated Kraft with improved tensile strength to resist tearing. (eg. 3M 950EK)


Tape 101 Adhesive Choice Guide (Rubber vs. Acrylic vs. Silicone)

There is a wide variety of tape adhesives available in the market, and the most common types found are typically categorized as rubber, acrylic or silicone adhesive. Use the following guide to determine which adhesive best suits your application. (Note: The following are generally true of typical products, but certain adhesives are specially engineered for performance that defies these conventions.)

Rubber Adhesive: Notable for instant bonding and low costs. Rubber adhesive is best suited for indoor usage away from extreme temperatures. (ex. 3M 200 Paper Tape)

  • + Quick bonding time
  • + Most economical
  • – Least temperature tolerance versus acrylic and silicone adhesives
  • – Weak UV resistance
  • – Discolors over time

Typical usage: Several component parts need to be assembled together in a specific order. To minimize error during assembly, strips of 3M 200, a general purpose masking tape, are used as temporary labels to mark the parts and guide assemblers. The tape is only applied to the part for a couple hours and is cleanly removed once the parts have been assembled. 

Acrylic Adhesive: Notable for long term bonding and UV resistance necessary for outdoor application. (ex. 3M 4941 VHB Tape)

  • + Strong, durable long term bonding
  • + Strong UV resistance
  • + Greater temperature tolerance versus rubber adhesive though less than silicone adhesive
  • – Requires dwelling time to achieve the maximum bond strength
  • – More costly than rubber adhesives but more economical than silicone adhesives

Typical usage: Outdoor signs and displays must be mounted outside the stores of an outdoor shopping mall. These signs must be durable enough to last over a month while facing heavy traffic, weather exposure and direct sunlight. To construct these signs 3M VHB Acrylic tape is used for its strength, long term bonding and UV resistance.

Silicone Adhesive: Notable for high temperature resistance necessary for high heat applications. (ex. Green Polyester Tape, M-Series)

  • + Greatest temperature tolerance compared to rubber and acrylic adhesives
  • – Most expensive compared to rubber and acrylic adhesives

Typical usage: A number of metal parts need to be painted and oven heated at 325° F for 30 minutes. Certain areas of the metal parts need to be masked and remain unpainted. The masking tape must also remain on the metal part during the bake cycle. For this application an M-Series polyester tape with silicone adhesive is used because the masking tape can be cleanly removed after enduring a high heat baking cycle. Other types of adhesive typically have lower heat thresholds and may leave residue on the parts upon removal.

3M 2480s Frequently Asked Questions

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What types of paint and substances can be used with 3M 2480s?

2480s can be used with latex and solvent paints (both ketone and non ketone based), caulking and sealants.

How long can 3M 2480s be applied to a surface and still be cleanly removed?

60 days (even while exposed to UV rays).


The roll width that I am looking for was not listed. Are there any other roll sizes available?

A master log for 3M 2480s is 57 inches wide, and we can custom slit the log into virtually any width. Contact us for details.

The roll length that I am looking for was not listed. Are there any other lengths available?

The standard length for a roll of 3M 2480s is 60 yards, but shorter custom lengths can be made to order. Contact us for details.

I need the product to come in a custom shape, can 3M 2480s be die cut?

Absolutely, nearly any shape requested and defined can be achieved through one of our conversion processes. Contact us for details.

What core sizes are available?

3M 2480s is available with 1.5 inch plastic cores or 3 inch paper cores.

Are sample rolls available for testing?


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