PTFE Pipe Thread Seal Tape
PTFE plumbers tape is also referred to as “Teflon Tape”, Teflon is a trademarked brand, which is chemically and functionally identical to PTFE, which is no longer manufactured in tape form by the trademark holder
Therefore, strictly speaking, there is no such thing as Teflon™ thread sealing tape sold on today’s market. But by contrast, PTFE tape is widely available. We refer to it as both since it is so commonly known by both names.
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PTFE Tape: Coated Glass Fabric
Different from pipe thread seal tape (plumbers tape), This Impregnated fiberglass cloth, consisting of warp and fill yarns, coated with a high-temperature silicone adhesive. Excellent electrical, mechanical and chemical properties. Used as a primary insulation in a variety of electrical equipment and heat sealing bars, chute liners, gaskets,
bearing surfaces, tabletop covers, guide rails, and roll covers.
PTFE is a film tape commonly used in plumbing for sealing pipe threads. Thread seal tape lubricates allowing for a deeper seating of the threads, and it helps prevent the threads from seizing when being unscrewed. This tape has a slippery surface that keeps threads from binding to make parts easy to assemble.
Plumber’s tape is very easy to use, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to apply it. So how to apply Teflon tape correctly? The trick in getting plumber’s tape right is to wrap it around the pipe in the proper direction.
When the pipe is turned into the fitting, the friction of the mating threads should work to tighten the tape around the pipe, rather than work against it and unravel or ball up the tape. Therefore, you wrap the tape around the pipe in the opposite direction of how the pipe will turn into the fitting.
Teflon Tape Applications
Plumber’s tape can be used on some gas-pipe connections, but this requires a special type of plumber’s tape, typically colored yellow, that is rated for gas lines. It can also be used on all standard metal pipe materials as well as rigid plastic pipe.
Some of the more common places we’ve seen plumber’s tape used include:
- Shower arms
- Threaded tub spouts
- Kitchen sink leaks
- Pipe-to-coupling connections
- Pipe-to-valve connections
- Temporary fixes for vehicles
Another common question is whether PTFE Tape oil resistant? Both oil and petrol resistant due to its notable chemical inertness, which is why it’s commonly used to seal and lubricate joints around fuel lines in automotive applications.
Another common variety of PTFE tape is Pure Skived PTFE. With a high temp, silicone adhesive it is sed in electrical applications such as harness/coil wraps and separators, transformers and slot liners where good insulation and heat resistance are required.
Also used in mechanical applications such as heat sealing bars and jaws, labeling machine pressure pads, chute liners, anti-friction devices, bearings, forming dies, aircraft mold release and guide rails where high temperature, maximum slip, and lubricity are required. High elongation permits tight wrapping allowing it to conform to sharp bends and irregular surfaces.