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  • Surface Protection,Masking and Specialty Tapes

    Oneresourcefor protecting,masking,enhancing,shielding,splicing,cushioning,sealing,and more.

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    Bringing better ideasto the surface throughscience and service.

  • Table of Contents

    3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division represents more than 50 years of experience in helping companies worldwide apply the science of adhesionto the practicalities of improved product design and manufacturing. The endresults are solutions for managers, engineers, marketers and other decisionmakers who need to get a more competitive product to market while improvingthe process of getting it there.

    In this guide, 3M adhesive science is typically applied to protecting, masking,enhancing, or in other ways modifying surfaces to improve appearance, function,and productivity. You will also find ideas for splicing and temporary holdingapplications such as bundling pipes or hanging poly drapes.

    Here are just a few application ideas:

    Protect against marring and scratches

    Mask for painting or sandblasting

    Splice paper or film

    Resist abrasion or flame

    Conduct heat or electricity

    Repel sticky materials

    Enhance glass with optical accents

    Mark to identify or differentiate

    Color-code for attention

    Cover to stop moisture

    Quiet noise

    Many 3M adhesive solutions are also available for product assembly bonding or holding product components together with strength that rangesfrom permanent to repositionable. You can find assembly solutions in theAdhesives and Tapes Design Guide for Bonding, Attaching, and Fastening.

    Solutions through service...

    3M representatives are located throughout the United States, Canada, and 50 other countries for sales assistance.

    For technical service, a highly trained team is ready to help you evaluate tapes for specific applications.

    A national authorized distributor network provides sales assistance and local product availability. Authorized converters can also help you adapt 3M tapes tomeet special requirements for shape, size, and production.

    Selecting the right product for the job 4

    3M Accentrim Products 6

    3M Bumpon Protective Products 8(Molded Shapes)

    3M Bumpon Protective Products 10(Custom Shapes)

    3M Bumpon Protective Products 12(Rollstock)

    3M Clean-View Pads 14

    3M Clean-Walk Mats 15

    3M Duct and Cloth Tapes 16

    3M Masking Tapes (Crepe) 18

    3M Masking Tapes 20(Fine Line and Flatback)

    3M Masking Tapes (Large Area) 22

    3M Masking Tapes 24(Large Area Dispensers)

    3M Masking Tapes (Specialized) 25

    3M Protective Tapes 26

    3M Repulpable Tapes 30

    3M Sandblast Stencil Products 32and Impact Stripping Tapes

    3M Specialty Tapes 34

    Application specific 36

    Glass Cloth 37

    Metal Foil 38

    Polyester 40

    Slick Surface 42

    Sound Damping Foil 43

    Vinyl and Polyethylene 44

    Scotchgard Window Protection Film 46

    3M Related Adhesive Technologies 47

    Glossary 48

    Technical Appendices 54

    Indexes 58

  • To help you make sure you find the optimum 3M tape or other adhesive-backed product for your particular application, youll want to consider several factors:

    Backing material

    Adhesive type

    Application time and temperature

    Surface characteristics (eg., roughness, surface energy,contours, etc.)

    End use conditions (eg., temperature,UV exposure, abrasion, etc.)

    The information on these two pagesintegrates those factors to help you narrow your selection to fewer productsfor a more in-depth evaluation.

    3M Backing Materials

    In many applications, 3M backings add a second surface that affects howthe underlying surface relates to the environment.

    To optimize that relationship, 3M backings offer a wide choice of performance and handling characteristics.

    Selecting the right product for the job

    Backings CharacteristicsPaper

    Crepe Conformable, easy tear.Flatback Strong, smooth, good for straight line masking.Kraft Strong, some versions are repulpable.Tissue Thin, porous to allow adhesive penetration of sheet.


    Polyester Strong even when thin, chemical resistant, high temperature resistance.

    Polypropylene Resistant to most solvents, conformable, tear resistant.

    Polyethylene Conformable, easy to stretch, chemical/acid/moisture resistant, economical.

    Polyethylene/ Conformable, chemical/acid/moisture resistant.Polypropylene Co-polymer

    UHMW High abrasion resistance, low coefficient of friction,Polyethylene antistick surface easy to clean.

    Polyvinyl Chloride (Vinyl) Conformable, abrasion resistant, resistant to most chemicals.

    Polyimide (eg., Kapton) High temperature resistance, excellent dimensional stability, good insulation properties.

    Polyamide (Nylon) High temperature resistance, high strength and toughness,good chemical resistance but can absorb moisture.

    Polytetrafluoroethylene Low coefficient of friction, excellent high temperature(PTFE) and chemical resistance, antistick/release properties.

    Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Water-soluble, organic solvent resistant, high temperature resistance.

    Polyurethane Abrasion/scratch resistant, impact/puncture resistant, UV and corrosion resistant.

    Polyvinyl Fluoride (eg., Tedlar ) Excellent weather resistance, excellent long-term UV resistance, thin yet stiff feel.

    ClothCotton Strong, easy tear by hand, soft and drapable.

    Glass Cloth Strong, high temperature resistance, flame-resistant.

    Polyethylene Coated Strong yet hand tearable, abrasion resistant, water-resistant, conformable.

    Non-wovenFiber Air permeable, strong enough to hold expanding foams.

    MetalsAluminum Heat and light reflective, moisture and chemical resistant,

    flame-resistant, outdoor weather resistant, conformable.

    Lead Electrically conductive, acid resistant, high conformability, x-ray opacity.

    RubberNeoprene Abrasion resistant, die-cuttable.

    Combination (Laminates)Paper/Polyethylene Weather and chemical resistant, hand tearable, stretch resistant.

    Metalized/Polyester Reflective, decorative.

    Glass Cloth/PTFE High temperature resistance, high strength.

    Glass Cloth/Aluminum Very high temperature resistance, high strength.

    Non-woven/Aluminum High heat and cold resistance.


  • *Surface energy ranges from high tolow. To illustrate the concept of surfaceenergy, think of water on the unwaxedhood of a car. The unwaxed hood hashigh surface energy and water on thehood flows into puddles. In comparison,a waxed hood has low surface energyand the water beads up rather thanflows out. Similar to water, adhesive on

    a high surface energy surface flows andwets out the surface. Wetting outis required to form a strong bond.

    As a rule of thumb, the higher thesurface energy, the greater the strengthof adhesion.

    Specially formulated adhesives areavailable for low surface energysurfaces. The following illustrations andsurface rankings give you an idea ofrelative surface energy.

    Regardless of surface energy, thesubstrate must be unified, dry, andclean to maximize adhesive contact.

    Metal Surfaces (High Surface Energy) High Surface Energy Plastics (HSE) Low Surface Energy Plastics (LSE)


    3M Pressure Sensitive AdhesivesMost of the products in this guidefeature a 3M pressure sensitive

    adhesive that bonds the backing toanother surface on contact. Each adhesive

    has different characteristics that affectproduction and end use performance.

    Applying firm pressure to the bondincreases adhesive flow and contact formore secure bonding.

    Time and temperature will typicallyfurther increase contact andadhesion values.

    Adhesive Surface Contact


    1. Initial Contact (Minimal Contact)

    2. After Rubdown (More Contact)

    3. After Dwell Time (Excellent Contact)



    Bonding Surface

    Bonding Surface

    Bonding Surface

    Rubber Standard Acrylic Modified Acrylic SiliconeModerate initial bond Bonds to wider variety than standard acrylic Fair initial bondFirmer Softer Very firmHigh surface energy* Many surfaces Fewer surfaces

    Up to 450F Up to 300F Up to 600F, excellent low temperature performanceExcellent chemical resistance Good chemical resistance Excellent chemical resistanceExcellent UV resistance Moderate UV resistance Excellent UV resistanceExcellent aging Durable Excellent agingPermanent Various RemovableExcellent solvent resistance Good solvent resistance Excellent solvent resistance

    High initial bondSofterWidest variety of surfacesincluding low surface energymaterials*.Up to 350FFair chemical resistanceFair UV resistancePoor agingRemovableGood solvent resistance

    mJ/m2 Surfaces1103 Copper840 Aluminum753 Zinc

    mJ/m2 Surfaces526 Tin458 Lead700-1100 Stainless

    Steel250-500 Glass

    mJ/m2 Surfaces43 Polyurethane

    Paint42 ABS42 Polycarbonate39 PVC Rigid38 Noryl Resin38 Acrylic

    mJ/m2 Surfaces50 Kapton

    Industrial Film47 Phenolic46 Nylon45 Alkyd Enamel43 Polyester43 Epoxy Paint

    mJ/m2 Surfaces37 PVA36 Polystyrene36 Acetal35 Polane Paint33 EVA

    mJ/m2 Surfaces31 Polyethylene29 Polypropylene28 Tedlar Polyvinyl

    Fluoride Film18 Teflon


    Dwell Time










    Note: These values are provided as a guide. Formulation mod