Backing Material Guide

Plastic Film

Bi-axially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP)

  • Resistant to most solvents
  • Conformable
  • Tear resistant
  • Glossy surface
  • Can be printed on
  • Suitable as a carton sealing tape

Polyvinylchloride (PVC or Vinyl)

  • Conformable
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Resistant to most chemicals
  • Good printing characteristics
  • Can be used on a variety of surfaces, for
    different applications such as lane
    marking, colour coding and identifying

Polyethylene (PE)

  • Conformable
  • Easy to stretch
  • Chemical and acid resistant
  • Moisture resistant
  • Economical
  • Applications include joining polythene
    sheets and wrapping air conducts

Polyester (PET)

  • Strong
  • Resistant to most chemicals
  • Resistant to high temperatures
  • Applications include page hinging, label
    protection and powder coat masking tape

Polyurethane (PU)

  • Abrasion resistant
  • Impact/puncture resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Applications include stone chip
    protection for vehicles and as a leading
    edge for windmill blades

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

  • Low co-efficient of friction (slick surface)
  • Excellent resistance to high temperatures
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Anti-stick/release properties
  • Provides an easy release surface on ink


Flatback Paper

  • Strong
  • Smooth
  • Good for straight line masking
  • Applications include carton closing, sealing packaging,
  • and repairing damaged paper backing

Crepe Paper

  • Conformable
  • Easy tear
  • Suitable as a masking tape

Kraft Paper

  • Strong
  • Can be repulpable
  • Suitable as a picture framer's tape, and
    for splicing and roll closing of paper and
    board rolls

Tissue Paper

  • Thin
  • Porous to allow adhesive penetration of backing
  • Suitable as a double-sided tape for
    attaching lightweight objects


Glass Cloth

  • Strong
  • High temperature resistant
  • Flame resistant
  • Suitable as a welding back up tape and
    high temperature masking tape

Polyethylene Coated Cloth

  • Strong, yet hand-tearable
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Conformable
  • Suitable as a duct tape, for sealing air
    conducts, repairing and bundling

Metal Foil

Aluminium Foil

  • Heat and light reflective
  • Moisture resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Flame resistant
  • Outdoor weather resistant
  • Conformable


  • Conducts electricity
  • Acid resistant
  • High conformability
  • X-ray opacity
  • Suitable as an electroplater tape and to
    add weight to golf clubs