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Ask Yourself These Questions When You’re in a Sticky Situation

We streamlined our Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) offerings to help you make sense of the wide variety of PSAs available. To assist you in determining the right adhesive, here is a quick guideline arranged by construction of the products, adhesive type, and service grade. 

 

Do I need Acrylic or Rubber or Butyl? 

Rubber based adhesives are appropriate for shorter-term, general-purpose applications where chemical, temperature and UV resistance are not a concern, and cost is a key driver. Rubber adhesives provide a high initial tack.  

Acrylic based adhesives are designed for long term bonding applications where chemical, temperature, and UV resistance are required. Acrylic adhesives will have a lower initial bond that will strengthen over time. 

Butyl based adhesives have excellent low temperature flexibility, and very high UV and moisture resistance. They are suitable for long-term outdoor applications 

 

Do I need Double coated tape or Transfer tape? 

Double coated tapes have a carrier coated on both sides with adhesive. The carrier stabilizes the adhesive for improved handling and adds thickness. Some specialized double coated tapes have different adhesives on either side (differential double coated tapes).  

Transfer tapes are constructed with a single layer of adhesive without a carrier, although some are reinforced with scrim. They are appropriate in applications with irregular surfaces or situations which require flexibility and stretching. 

 

What Service Grade Do I Need? 

Value – economical options for cost driven applications 

Mid-grade – provides good bond with reasonable costs, generally heavier adhesive coat weights and/or thicker release liners 

Performance – Aggressive bond on a wide variety of surfaces in more challenging applications 

Here is a list of our stock PSAs. Customers have the option to order full adhesive rolls, narrow width tapes, or applied to foam sheets/rolls:

Product name  Adhesive type 

Construction Type 

 

Grade  Liner   Service Temp  Available Location 
PSA-IB1190XT 

Rubber 

 

Double Coated 

 

Value  60#  180 F 

 54” Elkhart, Wurtland  

49.5” Elkhart, Atlanta, Ontario 

 

PSA-FT8302  Value   N/A 175 F  60” Elkhart, Wurtland 
PSA-IB1183XT  Midgrade  80#  180 F  60” Elkhart, LaPorte, Wurtland 
PSA-IB1175XTL12  Performance  12pt  180 F  54”, Elkhart, Silao 
PSA-L1DCP 

Acrylic 

 

Value  74#  200 F 

54” Elkhart, LaPorte, Wurtland, Silao   

60” Elkhart, LaPorte 

PSA-L2DCP  Midgrade  83#  250 F  54” Elkhart, Wurtland, Atlanta 
PSA-93020LE  Performance  58#  300 F  54” Elkhart, Wurtland 
PSA-L1RT 

Transfer Tape 

 

Value  74#  200 F  54” Elkhart 
PSA-9775WL  Midgrade  96#  250 F  54” Elkhart, Atlanta, Silao 
PSA-950  Performance  60#  250 F  48” Elkhart, LaPorte, Wurtland, Atlanta, Silao 
PSA-ADMUC  Butyl  Performance  Paper N/A  47” Elhart, Silao 

(Custom PSAs are available to order for specific applications subject to minimum order quantities) 

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