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Tape vs. Liquid Adhesive

Replacing liquid adhesive with adhesive tape

Where bonding has been determined to be the optimum joining method, a liquid adhesive is often thought to provide a stronger bond than an adhesive tape. Whilst liquid adhesives do provide strong, reliable and long-term bonds, an adhesive tape can offer a range of additional benefits as well as matching a liquid adhesive’s bonding capabilities. View the benefits of replacing liquid adhesive with a tape below.

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Consistent coverage

Liquid adhesives do not always provide consistent coverage to the bond site. An adhesive tape component can easily replace liquid adhesives and provides consistent coverage and a uniform thickness.

Reduced waste and mess

Dripping or overflow of liquid adhesive can result in a lot of waste, as well as sticky mess. Die-cutting adhesive tape into exact dimensions produces minimum waste as well as accurate application. Bonding is confined to the immediate bonding area without dripping or overflow, requiring no clean up time and eliminating the cost of cleaning materials. 

Bond more joint types

Liquid adhesive is not a suitable joining method for all joint types. Tapes die-cut into complex shapes facilitate bonding of complex joints and parts, as well as parts with narrow bonding surfaces. They’re the most adaptable joining method that will provide long-term and reliable attachment, as well as other benefits such as sealing and vibration dampening.

Reduce manufacturing and assembly times

Longer manufacturing and assembly times are experienced where joining with liquid adhesives due to the care required to apply without mess or waste and the, sometimes, long cure times. Replacing liquid adhesives with easy to apply die-cut adhesive tape can reduce assembly times as well as material requirements, refinishing and, ultimately, costs. In most cases there is minimal need for training and little or no investment in equipment. Pressure sensitive adhesives can also offer immediate handling strength.

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