Foam Tape: A Complete Guide
Foam tape combines the benefits of foam, which flexibly fills the space between two surfaces, with a double-sided tape adhesive, which ensures a permanent stick. Foam tape is a handy tool for various project types, with home and professional applications.
Foam tape is often used for weather stripping, to bond or seal the space between surfaces, to prevent the escape of liquid, air, or dust, to hang display signage, such as in a retail setting, or to reduce the noise and damage of vibrations that occur between two surfaces.
When considering foam tape for your work, it is critical to find the right width, thickness, and adhesive type for your particular project. Tape Jungle has foam tape options for whatever project you need.
What Type Of Projects Can Foam Tape Be Used?
Foam tape sticks well to various surface types, including wood, glass, and aluminum, and withstands varying conditions, including heat and moisture. Thus, it is a reliable and cost-effective material used in the automotive industry, in construction, and in HVAC, to hang point-of-sale signage and home projects.
What Are The Main Uses Of Foam Tape?
Mounting: Foam tape is excellent for mounting or hanging heavy items. Foam tape can include point-of-sale signage in a retail setting or hanging items in the home, like a picture or mirror.
Padding Surfaces: You can use foam tape to pad the space between two surfaces, filling a gap that might otherwise let in air, water, or dust. Foam tape can be quite useful for construction projects, where it is essential to fill spaces where air or moisture from the outdoors could make its way indoors, causing damage or increasing heating or cooling bills.
As a Mechanical Fastener: You can use foam tape in place of mechanical fasteners like screws or bolts, which can be costly to install and may cause friction in high-pressure environments, such as in an automotive application.
As a Screw or Bolt: Since you can hide foam tape underneath a surface, it is often considered a more visually appealing solution in place of screws or bolts. In addition to eye-appeal, foam tape can reduce damage-causing vibrations in a high-pressure environment.
Selecting An Adhesive Type
With double-sided adhesive and many options for thickness and width, many options are available to meet your project’s needs. Knowing which adhesive type is ideal for your needs is an essential step in your purchase decision. You can choose between acrylic foam tape and rubber, or polyethylene, foam tape.
For example, acrylic foam tape has a relatively strong adhesive bond, ideal for projects exposed to the outdoors, particularly to moisture, or that will be in high or varying heat conditions. If you are sealing a window or working on an HVAC system, choose an acrylic adhesive.
Polyethylene foam tape is preferred for indoor use, as it sticks well to uneven surfaces and surfaces that are often found indoors, like plastic. If you want to hang indoor signage or a mirror in your home, select a polyethylene adhesive.
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