Five Common Problems that Render Standard Adhesive Tapes Ineffective

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One of the most commonly asked questions the UK’s adhesive technology suppliers receive from their customers is that of why adhesive tapes are sometimes ineffective. Of course, realistically speaking there are dozens of reasons why any adhesive may not have performed as expected. In all cases however, these are the kinds of problems that can lead to inefficiencies, disruptions and downtime. Which, suffice to say, are best avoided at all costs.

The thing is, you only ever make the effort to invest in a quality adhesive product if it is for a purpose of importance. Otherwise, you would simply choose a generic adhesive from a standard store. Which is precisely why it can be even more frustrating when the adhesive tape you choose proves to be ineffective. Nevertheless, there are certain instances and applications where the vast majority of standard adhesive tapes are simply not up to the job.  In all such instances, the advice is simple – invest in the best custom adhesive you can lay your hands on, or run the risk of failure.

Here’s a quick rundown of five instances where standard adhesive tapes are simply not fit for purpose:

1 – Heat

First of all, where extreme or prolonged heat is a factor, there are very few adhesive tapes on the market that can cope. Moderate temperatures are one thing, but when it comes to more extreme heat, you need a more extreme adhesive tape to get the job done. The most common application for such tapes of course being that of repairing or joining the kind of pipework that has a tendency to get somewhat overheated. There are plenty of tapes on the market that may claim to be heat-resistant to a certain extent, but the simple fact of the matter is that you cannot necessarily rely on them. Where heat is a factor, you might want to consider a custom adhesive tape.

2 – Moisture

It’s no secret that moisture and adhesives of most kinds are not exactly what you would call best friends. In fact, moisture has a tendency to lay waste to the vast majority of adhesive products across the board. Nevertheless, there are certain everyday applications where the right adhesive tape with a good level of moisture-resistance really could by a godsend. One extremely common example being that of cracked or leaking pipes.  Once again, while there may be plenty of adhesive tapes on the market that claim to be useful in such instances, there are comparatively few that are as robust and reliable as you might expect/need.  With custom adhesive tapes on the other hand, it’s a different story entirely. If you need the adhesive to be used in an application where excessive or prolonged moisture is inevitable, this really is the only way to go.

3 – Temporary Repairs

One of the biggest problems with many of the more capable adhesive tapes on the market these days is that while they may get the job done quite well at the time, they can be a nightmare to remove. And even if you do manage to remove them successfully, they have a habit of leaving behind all manner of unpleasant reminders. By contrast, custom adhesive tapes can be manufactured for the specific purpose of carrying out temporary repairs, after which they are easy to remove and leave behind no unpleasant residue whatsoever.

4 – Uneven Surfaces

Uneven surfaces will always be particularly problematic, when it comes to joining them securely and reliably. Nevertheless, uneven surfaces will always need to be joined for a variety of purposes. So there are basically two ways of going about it – take your chances with a generic adhesive tape, or order a custom adhesive tape that is designed from the ground up to suit this exact purpose and the surfaces to be joined. If you are looking for results you can rely on, custom adhesives could be the solution.

5 – Cold

Last but not least, just in the same way that extreme or prolonged heat can be problematic when it comes to adhesive tapes, the same is also true at the other end of the scale. If you are dealing with any kind of application where temperatures are particularly low, you need to ensure that you work with an adhesive product that has been specifically designed to cope with such temperatures. If not, there is every likelihood that the bond simply will not set in the first place, or will prove unreliable and fail soon enough.