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3M VHB Tape [45 mil / low surface energy] (4952)

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Product Description

3M 4952 VHB Tape is a double-sided tape which is coated on both sides with a high-performance synthetic adhesive which bonds to many lower surface energy substrates, including many plastics and powder coated paints, plus smooth general-purpose substrates. It's firm foam provides the highest level of foam strength in the 3M VHB™ tapes family. UL Listing 746C.

3M VHB Tape provides the convenience and simplicity of a tape fastener and are ideal for use in many interior and exterior structural bonding applications. In many situations, they can replace rivets, spot welds, liquid adhesives, and other permanent fasteners. These VHB tapes are made with an acrylic foam which is viscoelastic in nature. This gives the foam energy absorbing and stress relaxing properties which provides these tapes with their unique characteristics. The acrylic chemistry provides outstanding durability performance and the tapes have excellent durability and excellent solvent and moisture resistance. See for videos showcasing the properties of VHB tape. Country of Origin: United States.

* Multiple cases may be shipped per package in order to minimize the charge for shipping.


Technical Information

3M VHB Tape (4952)
  • Carrier/Backing: closed-cell acrylic foam (firm)
  • Adhesive: low surface energy synthetic   How are adhesives different?
  • Release Liner: white paper (printed)
  • Thickness: 48 mils (carrier, adhesive, liner) 45 mils (carrier, adhesive) 3 mils (liner)   What is mil thickness?
  • Adhesion: 400 ounces per inch (to stainless steel test panel)
  • Tensile Strength: 80 pounds per inch (longitudinal)
  • Service/Operating Temperature: up to 160°F
  • Application Temperature: 50°F to 100°F
  • Core: 3" diameter
  • Density: 50 pounds per cubic foot
  • Dynamic Overlap Shear: 80 pounds per square inch
  • Short Term Temperature Resistance: up to 200°F
  • Country of Origin: United States
Note: Specifications are those given by manufacturers and are not tested for accuracy.

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4952 Standard sizes


1/2 in. x 5 yds. *5-yard roll

4952/ 055

UPC = 880836813148

Single Item (1-13 Items)

1 - 4 Cases (14-69 Items)

5 - 9 Cases (70-139 Items)

10+ Cases (>= 140 Items)


a 4% discount

a 5% discount

a 7% discount





1/2 in. x 36 yds.

4952/ 0536

UPC = 021200677915

Single Item (1-17 Items)

1 - 4 Cases (18-89 Items)

5 - 9 Cases (90-179 Items)

10+ Cases (>= 180 Items)


a 2% discount

a 4% discount

a 5% discount





3/4 in. x 5 yds. *5-yard roll

4952/ 0755

UPC = 688295157144

Single Item (1-13 Items)

1 - 4 Cases (14-69 Items)

5 - 9 Cases (70-139 Items)

10+ Cases (>= 140 Items)


a 3% discount

a 5% discount

a 7% discount





3/4 in. x 36 yds.

4952/ 07536

UPC = 021200677922

Single Item (1-11 Items)

1 - 4 Cases (12-59 Items)

5 - 9 Cases (60-119 Items)

10+ Cases (>= 120 Items)


a 2% discount

a 4% discount

a 5% discount





1 in. x 5 yds. *5-yard roll

4952/ 15

UPC = 688295157151

Single Item (1-13 Items)

1 - 4 Cases (14-69 Items)

5 - 9 Cases (70-139 Items)

10+ Cases (>= 140 Items)


a 3% discount

a 4% discount

a 6% discount





1 in. x 36 yds.

4952/ 136

UPC = 880217206293

Single Item (1-8 Items)

1 - 4 Cases (9-44 Items)

5 - 9 Cases (45-89 Items)

10+ Cases (>= 90 Items)


a 2% discount

a 3% discount

a 5% discount





Question & Answers

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Fiona T. Mar 21, 2019
QUESTION: Would this work as a way to fix floating cat shelves to the wall? None of my cats weighs more than 6kg, but in the unlikely event they all got on one shelf it would be about 15kg. Using this tape sounds easier than drilling holes in the wall. :)
ANSWER: 3M’s rule of thumb on VHB tape is to use 4 square inches of tape for each 1 pound of weight need to hold up. Thank you.

User Reviews

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Don Verified Buyer Oct 20, 2019
great adhesive tape for difficult to bond surfaces
3M 4952 VHB Tape [45 mil / low surface energy]
Francois B. Verified Buyer May 26, 2019
3M Scotch 4952 VHB
3M 4952 VHB Tape [45 mil / low surface energy]
The challenging task is to bond a plastic grid on to a glass panel. The 4952 VHB tape does it reasonably well, and even though it does not bond through the whole length of the tape, it seems to withstand the test of time. An earlier application has lasted a good 2 years already.
LEAH M. Verified Buyer May 08, 2019
Nice and quick service
3M 4952 VHB Tape [45 mil / low surface energy]
The spec on website is clear and tons of options. Delivery is fast too! Nice experience in general!
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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