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ACU (Army Combat Uniform) Digital Camouflage Duct Tape

Shurtape PC-626 ACU Digital Camouflage Duct Tape 2 inch x 30 yard rolls of Shurtape PC-626 Camouflage Duct Tape are now being stocked. It is the first duct tape that features the official digital pattern used for U.S. Army combat uniforms, making it the closest match to soldiers' camouflage. The 30 yard length rolls make it very easy to carry around although we do allow you to still special order the regular 60 yard length rolls. The cloth tape's lusterless film reduces light glare, an advantage for both the military and for hunters. Shurtape PC 626 is an ACU digital camouflage pattern duct tape with high holding power. This high performance, polyethylene coated, waterproof tape is also used for sealing, packaging, waterproofing, holding, camouflaging, sound deadening, covering reflective surfaces, and patching applications.

3M Scotchcal Pinstriping Tape

3M Scotch Scotchcal Striping Tape We've recently added the 1/8 inch wide by 40 foot long sizes of 3M's Scotchcal Reflective Striping Tape to the web site in all 25 colors it comes in. It is a reflective film coated on one side with adhesive which is intended to provide light reflective properties in darkness. The 1/8 inch wide sizes are typically used to create single stripe patterns on vehicles - in order to match existing stripes or to create original striping designs on them. Other uses include commercial vehicle, marine, motorcycle, railroad and bus graphics; and sign graphics. The tape also resists gasoline and chemicals. These tapes are also known as the Scotchlite Reflective Film Series 680 products and they can help improve safety and nighttime visibility.

How to Remove Adhesive Tape Residue From a Surface

3M 08987 Adhesive Cleaner We often receive emails from people who have removed tape which has been on a surface for a long period of time and they are now trying to get rid of some adhesive residue which was left behind on the surface. The first point to make is that removing adhesive from a surface should be done very carefully. One quick test would be to try using the adhesive side from another piece of tape like duct tape to pull it off. If that doesn't work you can try using solvents; however they should always be tested on an inconspicuous part of the surface first to see if they damage it. MEK and Toluene are the strongest two and can be found at hardware stores (since they are the strongest greater care needs to be taken when using them). The next two solvents would be acetone and alcohol or you can try looking for an adhesive remover/citrus cleaner such as Polyken 41 or 3M 08987 which we sell on the site or Goo Gone or WD-40. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Creative Uses for Adhesive Tape

We've seen over the last several years incredibly creative work done with tape purchased from our web site. From hula hoops to art installations to window displays customers have used our tape in a myriad of ways. We just saw a new window display one recently posted online so we thought we'd showcase a few of these now.

Monika Grzymala - Distortions 2008 Monika Grzymala's Distortions 2008 art installation in Vancouver, BC

 

POST 27 window display POST 27 window display in Chicago, IL

 

Martha Stewart Blueprint November/December 2007 gift wrapping Martha Stewart gift wrapping in Blueprint November/December 2007

 

Martha Stewart Living October 2008 halloween decoration Martha Stewart halloween decoration in Martha Stewart Living October 2008

 

Black 3M SJ4575 Dual Lock (Low Profile)

3M SJ4575 Low Profile Black Dual Lock3M SJ4575 Low Profile Black Dual Lock We've been selling the clear low profile dual lock in several widths and lengths for a while now (see the 3M SJ5470 dual lock product). This is the tape often times used to hold riders' E-Z Pass tags to their car windshields. Recently our converter has started to stock the low profile dual lock in 1-inch wide black also - see 3M SJ4575 dual lock. You can purchase the full 50-yard rolls or you can also purchase the tape in 10-foot pieces instead. For those not familiar with low profile dual lock it is thinner and stronger than other reclosable fasteners like Velcro. There isn't a seperate hook and loop side either; it has just one side that is mated or connected together (both surfaces have plastic mushroom-shaped stems which are joined by pressing them together which firmly locks them into place). They work great for attaching items to car dashboards and windows as well as anywhere else you need a reclosable fastener around the house or garage.

Replacement Blades for Powerseal Bag Sealing Dispensers

Powerseal Bag Sealing Dispenser Replacement Blades We've had inquiries in the past from customers looking to purchase replacement blades for their Powerseal dispensers. Our distributor has finally started stocking bag trimmer blades for both the Powerseal 7605K and Powerseal 808K as well as the inside roof/cutting blade for the Powerseal 7605K. Both replacement blades are now available for immediate shipment from orders placed on the web site.

Upcoming Tape Manufacturer Price Increases (Q4 2010)

The tape converters we work with have started to get letters from all the major adhesive tape manufacturers announcing upcoming price increases in the next month. Below we've included links to copies of each letter which includes details about the percentage increase and which of that manufacturer's product line it will affect. The prices on our web site will typically be changed the business day before the manufacturer's increase goes into effect so please use this information to plan accordingly.

  • Intertape letter - their effective date is November 1st, 2010 (it is now reflected in FindTape.com pricing)
  • Shurtape letter #1, Shurtape letter #2 - their effective date is November 22nd, 2010 for the first category for tapes being increased (it is now reflected in FindTape.com pricing) and January 1st, 2011 for the second category of tapes being increased
  • Scapa letter - their effective date is December 1st, 2010 (it is now reflected in FindTape.com pricing)
  • Berry Plastics (Polyken/Nashua/Ludlow/Patco) letter - their effective date is December 20th, 2010 (it is now reflected in FindTape.com pricing)
  • 3M - we've heard an increase is coming in February, but we haven't received details on it yet (once we've received information we'll update this blog entry)
  • Pro Tapes - we've heard a 6.5% increase is coming within the next month
  • JVCC - since they source a lot of their material from the manufacturers listed above we can assume they will be increasing pricing also in December

Even UPS has announced rate increases effective at the beginning of the new year - here is information regarding UPS's rate increase for 2011.

* 1st posted 11/1/2010, last updated 12/19/2010

Three New Double-Sided Tapes Now Available

3M 9415PC Removable Repositionable Tape 3M 9415PC is a translucent polyester film differentially coated with a removable/repositionable, low tack, adhesive on one side (back/liner side) and a permanent, high tack, adhesive on the other (face/exposed side). Unlike the other differentially coated tapes on the web site the removable side on this tape is also repositionable so its good when you need multiple openings and closings. Also its removable low tack side offers only nominal adhesion so its good for paper mailings since it will not cause delamination from most paper stock.

Scapa S301 Double Coated UPVC-Tape Scapa S301 is a clear UPVC film tape coated on both sides with an exceptionally high tack, high peel, acrylic adhesive system. It offers excellent adhesion even to demanding surfaces such as sports jerseys. It also meets the compositional requirements of FDA regulation 21 CFR175.105 (adhesives) for indirect food contact.

3M Scotch 4952 VHB Tape 3M 4952 VHB tape is a closed-cell firm acrylic foam which is coated on both sides with a low-surface energy synthetic adhesive. This is the tape in the 3M VHB family best suited to bond to many lower surface energy substrates including many plastics and powder coated paints. The tape offers excellent adhesion, durability and solvent and moisture resistance.

New Sizes of 3M SJ4570 Low Profile Dual Lock Available

3M SJ4570 Low Profile Dual Lock Besides the standard retail-packed 5/8 inch x 10 foot size of 3M SJ4570 Low Profile Dual Lock; 50 yard rolls of 5/8 inch, 1 inch and 2 inch wide are now available for purchase on the web site. For the 1 inch and 2 inch wide sizes our converter is also offering those for sale in 10 foot pieces which they custom cut from the 50 yard rolls. Please note that unlike Velcro which has two different types of sides (hook and loop) which are mated together dual lock mates to itself so typically the roll received by the end user is cut in half and then connected together.

Colors Being Discontinued for Some Gaffers Tapes

Some gaffers tape manufacturers have recently announced that they are discontinuing colors in a few product lines.

Berry Plastics will no longer be providing dark blue and green in their Polyken 510 product (olive drab and burgundy had already been discontinued). Limited inventory in a few sizes of dark blue and green are still available on the web site. For gaffers tape in those colors please see Pro Tapes Pro-Gaf.

Scapa will no longer be making Scapa 225 in blue, brown, burgundy and green. Limited inventory in a few sizes of blue and burgundy are still available on the web site. Scapa has also discontinued Scapa 200N (fluorescent gaffers tape) which comes in four neon colors - green, orange, pink, and yellow. Our converter currently has a good supply left in all four colors so it should remain for sale on the site for several months. After it runs out Polyken 510 will then be available for sale in those 4 fluorescent/neon colors.

Shurtape will now only be offering P-672 Professional Grade in standard colors: black, grey and white (similar to what they did last year in their P-665 product). However, inventory still remains for the non-standard colors. In the future for 2 inch red you can see Shurtape P-68 and for the other colors see Pro Tapes Pro-Gaf.