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3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape

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Product Description

3M Scotch 3051 Low Tack Paper Tape has a white smooth flat carrier/backing and is coated with a low tack acrylic adhesive. The tape is designed to be a controlled low tack paper tape for applications on most paper and many other fragile surfaces (this is 3M's designated replacement for their 230 drafting tape product; however please note it is a flatback paper tape instead of crepe paper like 230 and offers lower adhesion than 230). 3M 3051 can be automatically dispensed and should remove from most surfaces cleanly and easily without damaging the substrate (should not be used for applications requiring outdoor exposure though). Its smooth white backing is printable with most inks and markers. You can use tape for repositionable layout and assembly of artwork and/or work in process such as illustration boards, blueprints, tracings, photos, acetate, and grid paper. Also for light blocking on negatives; silhouetting; holding and tabbing. Vertical markets include office supply, paper and print, drafting, graphic arts and photography. If standard masking tape is tearing your work upon removal then this would be a tape to consider. Made in the U.S.


Technical Information

3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
  • Carrier/Backing: smooth flatback paper
  • Adhesive: acrylic   How are adhesives different?
  • Thickness: 3.3 mils (carrier, adhesive)   What is mil thickness?
  • Adhesion: 4 ounces per inch (to stainless steel test panel)
  • Tensile Strength: 39 pounds per inch (longitudinal)
  • Service/Operating Temperature: up to 150°F
  • Elongation: 2%
  • Core: 3" diameter
Note: Specifications are those given by manufacturers and are not tested for accuracy.

Alert Roll Sizes/Widths

Please note that tape rolls are NOT guaranteed to be splice-free. Tape rolls are typically cut to standard tape industry metric-cut sizes - or approx 5% narrower than the nominal size (i.e. 24mm per 1-inch of nominal width ordered).

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3051 Standard sizes


1/2 in. x 36 yds.

3051/ 0536

UPC = 021200860089

Single Roll (1-71 Rolls)

1 - 2 Cases (72-215 Rolls)

3 - 4 Cases (216-359 Rolls)

5+ Cases (>= 360 Rolls)


a 8% discount

a 9% discount

a 10% discount





3/4 in. x 36 yds.

3051/ 07536

UPC = 687927075283

Single Roll (1-63 Rolls)

1 - 2 Cases (64-191 Rolls)

3 - 4 Cases (192-319 Rolls)

5+ Cases (>= 320 Rolls)


a 7% discount

a 8% discount

a 9% discount





1 in. x 36 yds.

3051/ 136

UPC = 021200860096

Single Roll (1-35 Rolls)

1 - 2 Cases (36-107 Rolls)

3 - 4 Cases (108-179 Rolls)

5+ Cases (>= 180 Rolls)


a 8% discount

a 9% discount

a 10% discount





Nominal Tape Widths vs Actual Widths

Nominal vs. Actual Widths Zoom In

Tape rolls are cut to standard tape industry metric widths of approx. 24mm per 1-inch of nominal width ordered. As a result ACTUAL tape widths are normally 5% narrower than the NOMINAL width shown in inches. Examples:

  • 1" Nominal width = 15/16" (24mm) Actual width
  • 2" Nominal width = 1-7/8" (48mm) Actual width
  • 3" Nominal width = 2-13/16" (72mm) Actual width

Note that tape rolls are NOT guaranteed to be splice-free.

Question & Answers

User Reviews

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Vicki H. Verified Buyer Jun 22, 2018
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3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
I use this tape when I put finish on wood floors to tape off different areas It never pulls the polyurethane off like all the other low tack tapes. This is the only one I recommend.
G O. Verified Buyer Jun 12, 2018
Scotch 3051
3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
This is a difficult tape to find. It's a paper tape with very low tack. Ideal for speciality masking tasks.
Linnitt D. Verified Buyer May 04, 2018
Do not use to mask a water medium.
3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
I'm positive this tape is excellent for everything that it is described to do: repositioning, drafting, and what not. I bought it because 230 is no longer available and that is what I have always used for taping off my watercolors, oils, and acrylics on paper. Simply put, it does not hold an edge. On the other hand, if you are not looking for that, and are working on a more graphic surface, this is a superior low adhesion tape.
Michael S. Verified Buyer Jan 31, 2018
Fast shipping
3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
Great price and fast shipping
Robert G. Verified Buyer Jan 22, 2018
3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
Impossible to find this tape locally. has everything.
Sky W. Verified Buyer Nov 01, 2017
great tape
3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
great tape
3M 3051 Scotch Low Tack Paper Tape
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
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