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Product Description

3M GM Gripping Material Tape consists of a high-friction surface with a thin flexible backing and acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive with liner. The tape can increase traction, reduce slip, and improve grip even in wet, and oily conditions. When used alone on a single surface, 3M gripping material provides a strong secure grip. When mated in a two-part system, for example on a glove and a handlebar grip, strength is maximized. Designed for peel and stick applications. As firmly as 3M gripping material holds, it releases just as easily. Performs across a broad range of temperatures ranges both indoors and outdoors. Markets served include sports, leisure, medical, construction, marine, general industrial, military and government. Based on 3M’s proprietary micro-replicated technology to add thousands of micro gripping fingers on one side of a flexible backing to enhance control and improve gripping performance. will increase holding power while using less force so helps decrease fatigue.

3M GM400 black and GM731 clear are both firm (very high tactility), adhesive backed gripping material which offers abrasion and puncture resistance. They offer very high durability, very high chemical resistance, and very high friction when mated (lower when unmated). 3M GM631 grey is a very soft (very low tactility) gripping material which offers some abrasion and puncture resistance. It has lower durability, lower chemical resistance, but offers the highest level of friction when unmated in dry or wet conditions. GM400 black offers very high UV resistance, GM731 clear above average UV resistance, and GM631 grey average UV resistance.

Uses & Applications

  • Truck, forklift, and auto steering wheels.
  • Snow ski poles.
  • Hula hoops.
  • Handrails and wheelchair handles.
  • Smart phone cases.
  • Water sport paddle handles.
  • Bicycle handles.
  • Industrial tool handles and levers.
  • Fishing rods.
  • Power and garden tool handles.
  • Weight lifting equipment handles.
  • Snow blower grips.

Features & Benefits

  • Offers ultra high durability and high coefficient of friction properties when mated and low coefficient of friction when non-mated.
  • Thousands of gripping fingers offer the ability to grip lighter and hold tighter, even in wet and oily conditions.
  • Pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive bonds to a wide variety of surfaces, including hard-to-bond-to surfaces such as low surface energy plastics, powder coated paints, and lightly oiled metals.
  • Slip resistant, vibration dampening, and easy release properties.
Country of Origin: United States.


Technical Information

3M Gripping Material Tape
  • Carrier/Backing: polyester knit/mesh
  • Adhesive: acrylic   How are adhesives different?
  • Thickness: 37 mils (carrier, adhesive, liner) 33 mils (carrier, adhesive) 4 mils (liner)   What is mil thickness?
  • Tensile Strength: 82 pounds per inch (longitudinal) 22 pounds per inch (transverse)
  • Service/Operating Temperature: -40°F to 160°F
  • Core: 3" diameter
  • Country of Origin: United States
Note: Specifications are those given by manufacturers and are not tested for accuracy.

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Question & Answers

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Customer Sep 10, 2017
QUESTION: Is this like sand paper? Or is ita softer foam?
ANSWER: It is a softer gripping tape (more like the surface of a basketball rather than sandpaper). Thank you.
Customer Sep 09, 2017
QUESTION: Is this like sand paper? Or is it a softer foam?
ANSWER: It is a softer gripping tape (more like the surface of a basketball rather than sandpaper). Thank you. 

User Reviews

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Andrew H. Verified Buyer Jun 21, 2018
Super Strong Adhesive
3M GM Gripping Material Tape
Great 3M product!
Maria C. Verified Buyer Dec 25, 2017
Great grip!
3M GM Gripping Material Tape
I use this tape on my wheelchair push rims to give me a better grip. The 731 clear tape is the best one I found so far, because it's a lot more durable.
Made in the USA
hot melt rubber (synthetic)
Offers the widest range of application flexibility available. Exhibits excellent processing performance whether manually or automatically applied. Has superior tensile strength, adhesion properties and holding force which ensures consistent, reliable seals. Hot melt adhesive will bond faster to a surface which is referred to as quick-grab or quick-stick. It typically has higher tack (will feel stickier to the touch), but is also softer. It has lower heat resistance, shear resistance, and sometimes UV resistance than an acrylic adhesive. NOTE: it is called hot melt because the adhesive is applied hot by the manufacturer and then hardens as it cools (you do not need to apply heat to the tape yourself).
natural rubber
Properties are similar to that of hot melt rubber, but natural rubber often holds where other adhesives won't (recycled fibers, dust, cold, heat and heavy loads). It provides good overall adhesion and moisture resistance.
Offer excellent performance, especially for applications in temperatures less than 40°F and greater then 120°F. It provides excellent clarity, has high shear strength, is usually more permanent/durable even when exposed to moisture, and it ages well over extended periods in fluorescent and sunlight. Since it remains clear for the life of the application and does not yellow over time it is ideal for applications such as sealing white cartons. While it has good initial adhesion it does take 24-48 hours to cure and to achieve its maximum bond strength (has gradual adhesion buildup). Another difference between hot melt rubber and acrylic adhesive is if you fold tape over making the two adhesive sides touch the acrylic adhesive will remain attached to the carrier (e.g. paper, film) while a hot melt adhesive will stick to itself and pull off of the carrier. It is the best choice for clarity, UV resistance and aging characteristics.
Is great for extreme temperature applications since silicone adhesive can work in continuous operating temperatures from -100°F to 500°F. They also exhibit good chemical resistance, retain electrical properties, and remove cleanly with little or no residue.
zinc oxide
Zinc oxide based adhesive formula is a skin-friendly adhesive which is commonly used on sports medicine tapes.
Thickness, AKA caliper or gauge, refers to the distance from one surface of a tape backing, or adhesive, to the other.
1 mil = 1/1000 of an inch
Examples: 1/16 inch = 62.5 mils; 1/32 inch = 31.25 mils
The cut level indicates how many grams of cutting load a glove can withstand from a sharp blade before being penetrated.
Lower gauge gloves are heavier - have thicker construction, fewer stiches knitted per inch and offer less dexterity.
Higher gauge gloves are lighter - have thinner/finer construction, more stitches knitted per inch and offer more dexterity.
Gloves offered typically runs from 7 to 18 (12 and 13 are in the middle of the scale).
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