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A pressure sensitive adhesive is designed to be rigid Adhesive Tape Manufacturer to stay on the backing of the tape, yet elastic enough to wet out onto the shaft when applied. Temperature will make an impact on that dynamic between the two conditions of the adhesive. If you apply the tape in temperature that is too cool, the adhesive is harder and it doesn’t “flow” as easily. If the temperature is too warm, the adhesive may flow too much and when it cools there may not be enough of that chain in the bond to hold together.
Now let’s talk about what else can and most likely will happen. Your substrate leaves your location and enters the “real world”. A world where you have very little or no control. Are the materials going to be exposed to high temperatures by being left in a hot car for days on end? Or left in a freezing weather for many days in a row? With that temperature swing, there is expansion and contraction within that substrate and this will all make a difference in the bond of your tape.
I recommend applying most tape at room temperature. This will give you the best chance of having your tape perform to the very best of its ability.
Go ahead and try it for yourself. Do a little testing and see how temperature can change how your tape performs.
I am the National Sales Manager for Walker Tape Company. We have been manufacturing and converting for specialty markets for 30 years. We are happy to answer any questions you have and help you develop a custom solution for your tape needs. You can contact me at
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