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What Is an ATG Tape Dispenser and How To Use It

ATG Tape Dispensers from Tape Jungle

When it comes to tapes, you have many options — while some are easy to use on their own, others work best with a dispenser.

Adhesive transfer gun (ATG) tape requires a dispenser for proper application and functionality. Tape Jungle’s ATG tape dispensers make it easy to use this versatile product for a variety of applications, especially when you know the correct way to use it.

What Is an ATG Tape Dispenser

ATG tape is double-sided, meaning it is sticky on both sides and backed with a removable liner. The dispenser’s unique shape curls the tape throughout the process, creating a wrinkle-free line of adhesive. It also gathers up the discarded liner as you roll the tape onto your project. The ergonomic design makes it easy to hold and use.

Using ATG tape without the dispenser can be difficult. First, because of the tape’s stiff removable liner, it is tricky to apply it smoothly using only your hands. The dispenser’s unique design accomplishes this with ease.

Second, the liner must come off. Removing it by hand leaves you with a mess that must be gathered up and discarded. If you are working on a large project, this can be both frustrating and time-consuming. Fortunately, the dispenser handles the cleanup for you as well.

Tape Jungle’s ATG tape dispensers have windows that show you how much tape is left, taking the guesswork out of the process. They also have a manual operation feature, allowing you to clear jams quickly and get back to work with minimal delay.

The ATG tape dispenser is essential when working with this type of tape. Its user-friendly, ergonomic design makes smooth application easy and eliminates the hassle of cleaning up.

How To Load an ATG Tape Dispenser

To ensure your dispenser works correctly, you must first load it properly. If you do it wrong, the tape can twist, and the discarded liner will not coil properly. The resulting mess will defeat the purpose of using the dispenser. The process might seem confusing at first, but once you learn how to do it, you will see that it’s really quite simple.

Step 1: Prepare the Dispenser

Open the lid of the dispenser. Once the lid is open, you will see two large spindles and two small rollers. The spindles have retainers on them that hold the tape roll and keep the liner in place as it is removed during application.

Step 2: Insert the Tape

The spindle closest to the nose holds the tape roll. The other is the pickup for the discarded liner.

Load the tape roll onto the front spindle. Press gently to lock it in to ensure that it is snugly in place before proceeding. Make sure the end of the tape is facing up and toward the nose. When you pull the tape, it should run from the bottom of the roll-up.

Step 3: Thread the Tape

Once you have the tape roll in the dispenser, thread the end of the tape through the nose. Pass the tape over the top of the first roller and then down under the second roller.

Step 4: Thread the Pickup Spindle

Bring the tape up and over the top of the tape roll and back toward the pickup spindle. If you don’t have a leader — a portion of the tape that has no adhesive on it — remove some of the tape so that you are only holding the liner. This will help prevent a sticky mess on the pickup spindle.

Thread the leader onto the spindle. Wind it until a small section of liner wraps around the spool, holding it in place.

Step 5: Close the Dispenser

Close the lid while making sure that you have snapped everything firmly into place. At this point, the tape should be taut between all rollers and spindles.

Tape Jungle carries the ATG Tape Dispenser to get the job done.

How To Use an ATG Tape Dispenser

Once you have the dispenser properly loaded, you are ready to start taping. ATG tape is the perfect choice for a wide range of applications.

Instructions for Using the Dispenser

Before you start a project, review these steps:

Step 1: Set the Nose on the Surface

Set the dispenser’s nose down on the surface of your project, similar to how you would a packing tape dispenser. Make sure that the nose and the surface are in good contact so that the tape adheres firmly to the surface.

Step 2: Pull the Trigger

Pull the trigger on the dispenser to begin releasing the tape. Apply slight downward pressure as you pull.

Step 3: Move the Dispenser

Smoothly drag the dispenser along the desired area. It should lay down a line of tape with the liner removed. The liner will collect inside the dispenser, coiled neatly on the pickup spindle.

Uses for ATG Tape

ATG tape is useful for projects that require adhesion between two surfaces. The tape is quite versatile and can stick to a variety of materials, including:

  • Metal
  • Cloth
  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Plastic

This product works for professional applications (e.g., graphic design and printing), home use, and hobbies (e.g., crafting). It is commonly used for:

  • Mounting
  • Bonding
  • Securing
  • Laminating

ATG tape is especially good for applications where other types of tape might cause damage. For example, it is great for use with paper because it will not damage the medium. It is a popular choice for picture matting and framing for its ease of use and strong bonding properties.

Tape Jungle Has What You Need

If your project requires ATG tape, then Tape Jungle has you covered. We offer a range of ATG products:

Whether you are ready to buy an ATG tape dispenser, ATG tape, or other specialty tapes — like shipping tape or custom printed tape — we have a wide selection of premium products at discount prices. Place your order with Tape Jungle today.