How to Avoid Issues Caused by Low Temperatures during Adhesive Tape Applications
Cold weather conditions during winter months can greatly affect the performance of adhesive tapes. It’s critical that a low temperature adhesive tape is used during cold conditions as the adhesive has been specifically formulated to be applied at low temperature.
Generally, adhesive tapes use pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA). The adhesion of PSA relies on the wet-ability of the adhesive, the greater the wet-ability, the more surface area the adhesive covers resulting in high initial bond strength.
Most adhesive tapes require a minimum application temperature of 15°C. Ideal application temperatures are between 20°C and 40°C. These temperatures make the PSA very flexible and enable maximum bond strength. Both adhesives and substrates require these conditions. During cold weather conditions the wet-ability is reduced as the adhesive loses flexibility and becomes hard and brittle, impacting on the bond strength of the adhesive.
If the temperature of the surface you are bonding or if the adhesive temperature is less than 15°C, Tecman recommends using an adhesive tape exclusively designed to handle low temperature bonding.
All-Weather Adhesive Foam Tape for Low-Temperature Bonding Applications
Tecman’s all-weather adhesive foam tape uses a high density foam carrier with a low-temperature advanced technology acrylic adhesive that functions well at sub-zero temperatures.
The all-weather acrylic adhesive is capable of performing even in temperatures as low as -12°C and can provide prolonged adhesion under harsh conditions. Depending on the application, if the conditions are below -12°C it’s advisable to consult one of Tecman’s application engineers during the initial phases of the project in order to establish suitability.
All-weather adhesive foam tape is used through manufacturing industries for critical applications that require consistent performance throughout the year and in all environmental conditions.
Industries and Applications
- Automotive components
- External aircraft components
- Oil rig signage
- Deep sea exploration
- General outdoor sign fabrication
- All year round mounting and bonding of fascia's
- Plastic trunking and capping
- Glazing bars
|Product Name||Colour||Thickness ||Outdoor use||Peel Adhesion||Data sheet||Order Sample|
|14-FM07 Foam Tape
||White||0.8mm||Yes||High – Foam Destruction||Data sheet||Order sample|
For more information about using adhesive tapes during low temperatures or other extreme conditions please contact us on + 44 (0) 1926 337466 or send us an email
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