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How Do I Remove My Double-Sided Tape's Film Release Liner?

While film release liners are great since once you get them started they can be removed very quickly from a roll of tape without the possibility of the liner ripping like a paper release liner may at times do (that's why to cover large areas like a convention center floor the tape needs to come on a film release liner); nonetheless they can sometimes be hard to get started.

The easiest way to remove a release liner is to unwind a section of the tape from the roll and apply that section of tape to the first surface you are bonding to and then let the adhesive set before you try and remove the liner. However if you need to remove the release liner before the adhesive has set on the first surface here are some tips or guidelines to follow:

  1. Unwind a short length of tape from the roll.
  2. Bend a small amount (1/8 to 1/4 inch from the corner) of one of the corners back towards the liner side (so the liner is touching liner) - this will cause the film liner to stretch more than the backing on the tape which will typically result in the liner overhanging the tape by a little bit.
  3. Then try to drag the tape away from the liner with your thumbnail while using another fingernail to squeeze or pinch the liner in place.
  4. Once you get enough of the liner removed you will have something to hold on to in order to start pulling the release liner away from the tape.

*** if you have trouble removing the liner with your fingernails you can also try a pair of tweezers, razor blade or utility knife to help separate the release liner from the tape

The Tape I Used Last Week

So my family is always making fun of me for insisting we use adhesive tape to solve every problem, so I decided to actually document what tape I've used over the last couple weeks to see how excessive I've really become.

  1. Polyken 510 Gaffers Tape I used some Polyken 510 black gaffers tape to hold the power cord in place on an air compressor. Comes off cleanly and doesn't dry out like rubber bands do.
  2. JVCC DC-UHB40FA-C Ultra High Bond Double Coated TapeRecently put in a new sliding glass door and it came with a molding piece which was to be put on as finish to the side of one of the doors. I assume it was meant to be glued on (the instructions didn't say), but I used some JVCC DC-UHB40FA-C ultra high bond double-sided tape to mount it (I also used some white gaffers tape to hold it in place while the adhesive bond was setting).
  3. Shurtape JLAR Tape (Permacel)On a day-to-day basis the tape I probably use the most is Shurtape JLAR. My 3-year old son is always tearing or ripping something in one of his books and this is great for book repairs. I still have some old rolls left over from when Permacel still made the tape and what I love about it is that they crush-cut the rolls so you could just pull on a length of the tape to break it by hand (no scissors needed). Now that its made by Shurtape is razor-cut like most tape so you can't do that anymore, but hopefully my supply will last a while longer.
  4. 3M EC100 Rite-Lok Instant AdhesiveI've been using 3M EC100 super glue all week to fix ornaments like the purse on this snow-lady. One thing I really like about EC100 is that it doesn't seem to clog up and become unusable after you use it a couple of times like I've had happen with other super glues.
  5. Scapa 225 Gaffers TapeI've been using a lot of gaffers tape over the holiday season to hold down cords - here I've used some 4 inch Scapa 225 white gaff to cover a green extension cord on my front door. It's a bit wrinkled since I probably should have gotten some help putting it on (it's a little hard applying wider width gaffers and duct tape alone), but you should get the general idea.
  6. 3M 109 Double-Sided Poster Tape3M 109 double-sided poster tape is great for putting up your kid's artwork on walls since it easily removable. In this case I even used some to hold the 109 dispenser up to the wall so I could take the photo.
  7. JVCC GLW Glow In The Dark TapeI'm a big fan of the JVCC GLW tape and use it on electronics all around the house. I'm always a little surprised when I see reviews of glow tape say it's not very bright. It's definitely not a high-powered light source and wouldn't compare in intensity to say a flashlight, but to darkness-adjusted eye it works great to help you find a remote control in the middle of the night in order to turn off the TV you left on. I haven't mastered the art of photographing a glow product in darkness yet so this is just showing the product in daytime light - pretty boring.
  8. Polyken 105C Double-Sided Carpet TapeBesides the Shurtape/Permacel JLAR, double-sided carpet tape is the other type of tape I used the most often probably. Here I've used some Polyken 105C to hold down the mat rug on a landing outside in the garage.
  9. JVCC FELT-06 Black Polyester Felt TapeI was having an issue with some file drawers I had on some shelving downstairs. When you pulled the drawer completely out it would overhang the shelving and cause the back of the file drawer to pop up and the heavy drawer overhanging the shelving would then pull it off the shelf (not a very good storage system). I used some extra 2 x 4 pieces to brace the Vaultz File Drawers in place, but I first lined it with some JVCC FELT-06 felt tape to make sure it didn't dig in or scratch the drawers.
  10. Wooster Caution Non-Skid CleatsWe just got in some of these Caution non-skid cleats from Wooster and figured they would work great on some outside steps I had in the garage. I was going to use the glow-in-the-dark cleats we got in from Wooster instead, but the area I used them on in the garage is pretty dark so I didn't think they would get enough light-activation to work properly. Figured the "Caution" cleats would actually be more visible.
  11. Polyken 231 Duct Tape and JVCC 762-BD Bi-directional Filament TapeTo repair a big crack in my garbage can I used some JVCC 762-BD bi-directional filament tape as the first layer and then overlapped it with some wider width Polyken 231 military-grade duct tape. I should probably just call the trash pickup company to get a new receptacle, but this is way more fun.

So not too excessive - is it?

Nashua's New Outdoor Tarp Tapes Now In Stock

Nashua 680004 Heavy Duty Tarp TapeNashua 680006 Double-Sided Tarp Tape Nashua has recently released two new tarp tapes designed for extended outdoor exposure. Nashua 680004 Heavy Duty Tarp Tape is single-sided black polyethylene film tape which can be used to seal and seam heavy-weight poly tarps. It is designed for 6 to 8 months of outdoor exposure. Nashua 680006 Double-Sided Tarp Tape is a cloth tape with adhesive on both sides which comes on a blue film release liner. It is also used to seam heavy-weight tarps and is suitable for up to 12 months of outdoor exposure. The tapes are available in a 2 inch width and limited inventories of both are now in stock.

Incredible Sale on Overstock High Temp Masking Tape

JVCC MT_SALE Masking Tape Our converter has recently received in tons of overstock high-temperature masking tape from one of the major manufacturers. They've already cut a bunch of it to 2-inch width and it is now available for sale by the case (18 rolls come in a case) for just $23.22 - see JVCC MT-SALE for information and pricing on the tape. A case of 2-inch high-temperature masking tape typically sells for over $100 per case. They also have log rolls available and pricing for widths from 1/4" up to 8" can be seen by looking at the JVCC MT-02 product. The MT-02 product doesn't have any case requirements and all the listed widths can be purchased in single-roll quantities. Thank you.

What Adhesive Tape Should I Use To Mark A Gym Floor?

JVCC V-36 Colored Vinyl Tape When using tape to mark off gym floors you want to be sure you don't use too aggressive a tape so as to ensure the finish/wax of the gymnasium floor does not come up or is damaged when removing the tape. A vinyl tape such as JVCC V-36 colored vinyl tape or a premium vinyl tape such as JVCC V-36P (if you want the tape to adhere a little longer) would be your two best bets. If you'd rather go with a matte finish tape then a low-adhesion gaffers tape such as Scapa 125 would be another one to look at. Thank you.

"Big Fix" Duct Tape Patch is Available Again

Nashua Big Fix Duct Tape After running out of our stock of Nashua Big Fix Duct Tape Patch rolls last year we've recently received in more of this overstock item from Nashua. This time both 15-foot and 30-foot long rolls are available for purchase.  Both 12-inch wide silver lengths come in a retail packed box with a convenient side cutter. The duct tape comes on a fast removing paper release liner. It is typically used for repairing holes in items like plastic sheeting and tarps. Also used for quick fixes for car body damage and around doors and windows.

 

Glow in the Dark Non-Skid Tape and Cleats Now Available

Wooster NiteGlow Flex-Tred We've sold non-skid tape, cleats and strips for quite some time now, but we've repeatedly been asked for a non-skid surface which could also provide some additional visibility at night. We've recently added Wooster's NiteGlow Flex-Tred tape and cleats which does just that. After being activated by natural or artificial light the tape provides a photoluminescent non-skid surface which is visible to the night-adjusted eye. Use it to provide pedestrian safety and guidance on leading edges of steps, around landings and through hallways and doorways. We've also recently added Wooster's "Caution" Flex-Tred product. It isn't photoluminescent like the NiteGlow tape and cleats; however it does provide a highly visible non-skid warning on any surface where added safety is required.

We’ve now made it a lot easier to add different colors (and sizes) when ordering single rolls of a particular tape

It’s always been easy to order multiple colors of a tape when ordering full cases, but very time consuming when ordering individual rolls. Now we’ve made it much faster. If you want to order single rolls of a tape in multiple colors or sizes, here’s what you do:

Let’s say you’re a hooper and you want to purchase single rolls of the 3/4" JVCC V-36P vinyl tape in all 17 colors it is offered in. Just add one of the items, in any desired color, to your cart. You’ll then see a pop-up window where you should click on "Continue Shopping". At that point all you need to do is change the color selection (the quantity will have already been saved) and click "Add to Cart" again. Do this until all of your desired colors have been placed in your cart.

The “Continue Shopping “ button avoids numerous clicks where you’d have to first get back to the JVCC V-36P product page before placing the new color in your shopping cart. I hope this simplifies the ordering process for those of you who are ordering single rolls of different colors or sizes of the same product.

The Discontinuation of Permacel P-99 Tape

3M 720 Film Fiber Tape Since P-99 is now discontinued and no longer being made by Permacel (we currently only have some 1/2" wide stock remaining) we keep on getting asked for a suitable replacement tape. Primarily since Permacel P-99 was written into the ASTM D3359-09 measuring adhesion by tape test standard. 3M 720 is a tape of similar construction (polyester film/paper fiber carrier with a rubber adhesive); however 720 is not specifically written into the test standard. We contacted ASTM about the situation and they said they have not recommended a substitute tape yet, but they said they would be discussing replacement tapes at their next meeting in January. If any recommendations come out of that meeting we will follow-up here.

UPDATE (2/14/2010): The last update we received from the ASTM D01.23 subcommittee was that D3359 has not been revised yet and that the committee needs to complete a round robin. Comparative tests are being planned on 3 tapes: Intertape LA 26, Scapa 8010B and CHT-1. A round robin will result from the tests and then D3359 will be updated afterwards.

Our First Blog Entry

So after being on my TO-DO list for 5 years I'm finally getting around to starting a blog for FindTape.com. A little history on the company - for over 6 years I worked for Fry (a web development company) as the Technical Director for their New York office. While there I architected ecommerce sites such as Godiva, Waterford, Wedgwood and Gracobaby.com. In 2003, I decided as a way to learn the new Microsoft .Net platform I would build my own ecommerce site as a side project to get up to speed on the new framework. I was also familiar with adhesive tape since I periodically helped out at a family-run tape converter (a company that takes jumbo log rolls of tape from manufacturers and slits them to standard-size tape rolls). The site launched in 2004 and for the first couple of years I periodically added new functionality. At the same time, I was also getting my Masters of Information Systems from NYU and built some aspects of the site as project work for some web-related classes I was taking. After a couple years the "side project" took on a life of its own and now its my primary line of work.

Since I'm a web developer at heart, over the last 6 years I've been much more likely to add new functionality to the web site (e.g., making the Tape Finder more robust or adding AJAX quick view popups to our search results and category-landing pages) than I've been on the marketing and social media sides. Guess that's why it's taken 5 years to get a blog up and running.

The purpose or goal of this blog will be to pass along interesting or useful information regarding the adhesive tape products we sell on the web site. From time to time I may also write about web development as far as how it relates to functionality on the FindTape.com site. So if you're looking for a one-stop-shop for tidbits on both adhesive tape and web development look no further.