Preparing a surface properly before applying adhesive tape is crucial to ensure the tape adheres well and performs as intended. Regardless of the adhesive strength, the presence of dust, grease, or any other debris can negatively impact the adhesive's effectiveness. Here are some tips for effectively preparing your surfaces!
Clean the Surface
Before applying adhesive tape, make sure that your surface is completely clean and free of dirt, dust, oil, grease, moisture, and other contaminants. You can use a clean, dry cloth to wipe away loose particles. For more stubborn contaminants, consider using a solvent appropriate for the surface. (Not sure what to use? Ask your Application Specialist for a recommendation!)
Dry the Surface
Ensure that the surface is completely dry before applying the tape. Even a small amount of moisture can affect the tape's adhesive properties! Also, try not to touch the surface as the oil on your fingers can negatively affect the quality of your tape’s bond.
Apply Tape at the Right Temperature
The temperature of both the surface and your tape can impact its adhesion. Ensure that both the surface and tape are within the recommended temperature range specified by the tape manufacturer. Extreme cold or heat can affect adhesion.
Use Proper Pressure
For best results, while you’re applying the tape, use a roller or your fingers to apply even pressure along the entire length of the tape. This helps to activate the adhesive and ensures proper bonding.
Consider Other Factors
Don’t forget to be mindful of other factors such as chemical or UV exposure, humidity, and temperature fluctuations. Some tapes, such as Clean Green® or Ultra Violet™, are specifically designed to withstand these conditions, so choose the appropriate tape for your specific application.
With the right preparation, you can improve the quality and effectiveness of your adhesive tape. Still have questions? Reach out to an Application Specialist for more information.