Tapes, Tapes, and More Tapes: What’s the Difference?

At United Surface Preparation, we offer our customers a large variety of products and solutions, and we take pride in knowing everything about every single one of them. From air tools to abrasives and blasting equipment, we are experts in what we carry. This holds true for our line of tapes and adhesives—after all, you don’t have to be a shipping supply company to carry and know all about tape!
We understand that people get overwhelmed by all the different types of masking tapes. We carry a large variety of 3M tapes, and they manufacture thousands of varieties. However, it’s actually much simpler than it seems. Tapes can be broken down into five main categories, and these five will cover at least 80% of applications.
What are the categories?:

  • Tape used as a surface preparation product.
  • Tape used for adhesion to metals, plastics, glass, and other surfaces.
  • Packaging tape.
  • Tape used to mask products before being painted or coated.
  • Tape for surface-based applications: coating, paint masking, marking, color coding, and sealing.

We offer a wide range of 3M tapes that fall into these categories: high-strength tapes, duct tapes, hand-masker masking systems, protective tapes, double-coated film tapes, and many more. We also carry fast-tack adhesives (a game-changer in furniture applications) and environmentally-friendly water-based tapes.
While we hope this basic breakdown helps take away a little of the mystery surrounding the seemingly limitless types of adhesives, feel free to ask us any questions. We’re adhesive experts!

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