Choosing the Right Adhesive Tape

Selecting the right tape for your needs can be a daunting task, as there are so many different types available. To help ensure you choose the right product for your particular application, you will need to consider the following:

  • Backing material
  • Environmental conditions (temperature, UV exposure, abrasion)
  • Adhesive type
  • Performance requirements
  • Application time and temperature
  • Appearance
  • Surface characteristics (surface energy, texture, contours)

The following information is intended to be used as a general guide to help you select possible tape options to suit your requirements. SNELL can further assist you in conducting comprehensive evaluations of your options if required, including tape trials and testing.

To help you find the tape that best suits your requirements, speak to your SNELL Account Manager or phone our Customer Services Team.

What is a Pressure-Senstitive Tape?

A pressure-sensitive tape is an adhesive tape that will stick to a wide variety of clean, dry surfaces with only the minimum of pressure applied. It is ready to use and does not need to be activated by water, solvents or heat.

How is Tape Constructed?

Adhesive tapes consist of multiple layers. A
carrier or backing material is coated with an
adhesive on one side, while on the other side it
has a release or slip coating so that the tape
can be easily released or unrolled.

A thin coat layer or primer between the carrier
and the adhesive is used to increase the
holding power of the adhesive to the carrier

Carrier or Backing Material

This can be constructed from a wide range of relatively thin materials, including plastic film, paper, foil or cloth, depending on what the tape is to be used for.

The thickness of the carrier film will also vary; generally the thinner the base carrier material, the more competitive the price may become. The thicker the base carrier material, the higher the quality of tape. The strength or break resistance will also improve with the thickness of your carrier material. The film thickness can vary from a thin 17 micron up to a thickness of 35 micron.

Carton Width Tape Width
Narrower than 360mm Use 36mm wide tape.
Wider than 360mm Use 48mm wide tape.
Wider than 600mm Use 72mm wide tape.