Tape has its own vocabulary.
Here are a few useful terms if you want to “talk tape“.
|Adhesion to Steel||A test for measuring the “stickiness” of tape, based on force required to remove it from a stainless steel plate|
|Acrylic||A type of adhesive which uses synthetic polymers instead of natural rubber|
|Backing||The top “layer” of tape to which the adhesive is applied|
|Release Coat||A coating on the non-sticky side of a roll of tape that keeps the tape from sticking to itself when unwinding|
|Bi-Directional||Woven tape that has fibers running at right angles to each other|
|Creep||The natural tendency for tape to slowly move when stretched while applying|
|Delamination||The separation of the tape backing from its adhesive layer|
|Edge Curl||This is when the edges of a piece of applied tape come loose from the surface it is applied to before the center of the tape loosens|
|Gaffers Tape||A woven cotton cloth tape with a synthetic rubber adhesive|
|Matte Finish||The non-reflective surface of a woven cloth tape like gaffers tape|
|Holding Power||The ability of tape to resist removal|
|Latex Adhesive||Adhesive made from natural rubber, derived from the rubber plant|
|Pressure Sensitive||Descriptive term for tapes that are applied by pressing them against the surface being taped|
|Slitting||The machine process by which large rolls of tape, called “jumbos”, are converted to usable sizes|
|Neon Tapes||Brightly printed cloth tapes that use a dye that will glow when exposed to black light|
|Console Tape||Paper tape used for labeling sound equipment|
|Painters Grade||Tapes like masking tape which can be removed without damaging fragile surfaces|
|Tensile Strength||Measure of force required to tear a piece of tape|
|Unwind||The amount of force needed to unroll a roll of tape|
|Synthetic Rubber Adhesive||Adhesives made from petroleum based distallates|
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