How To Properly Install Tapes to Ensure Long Term and Heavy-Duty Adhesion
Have you ever wondered why while others are satisfied with the adhesive tape that they chose, you are left with no idea as to why the objects that you mounted keep hitting the floor back?
While it could be the product's fault, you really can't help but wonder why it works wonders to others but doesn't seem to cooperate with you. Statistics show that more often than not, satisfaction does not only depend on the product's quality but also on the proper usage and installation of the item.
As such, we are here to give you sure-fire tips in ensuring that the power of your chosen adhesive tape lasts in a long term basis. Go ahead and read on to know these useful steps.
Make Sure That You Are Using The Right Adhesive For The Job
Nobody brings a knife to a gunfight. The same is true for home improvement and office design projects. If you are to organize your things or do something very important using an adhesive tape, then the right one should be chosen for the job. It is, therefore, a prerequisite that you choose the right tool for your materials.
Make sure that the appropriate adhesive tape with the right weight bearing capacity and specification is being used for your project for an ideal outcome. No matter what you do, if the choice of the tape was wrong from the onset, then you will never get a satisfactory result and strength in terms of adhesion. We have recently made a comprehensive guide as to which tapes are ideal for specific purposes and material choices so you may want to check that out here.
Clean The Surface Thoroughly
Lint, dust, grime, and moisture all radically decrease the adhesion of a tape. Lint and oil lessen the friction between the adhesive tape and the surface. Therefore, it is necessary for you to clean the surface thoroughly to ensure maximum bonding strength. In order to do this, simply wipe the surface with a wet cloth or an alcohol solution then let it dry by wiping it again with a dry rug. Make sure that no moisture is present on the surface.
Be Generous On The Amount
A common misconception among many is the weight bearing capacity of an adhesive tape. If a tape claims to have a capacity of 5 pounds per square inch, it doesn't automatically mean that you would only need to use 1 inch of tape for a 5-pound object.
Weight bearing capacity limits are determined through a laboratory test which means that the experiment is done under ideal conditions and that a 1 cubic inch box was also used. This means that in the real world, the environment would be less ideal and that the objects which you would be attaching are generally larger.
It isn't mass that solely dictates the amount of tape that should be applied, rather, the object's surface area also clearly affects the adhesive's success. Hence, as a general rule, the amount and length of strips that should be applied is directly proportional not only to the object's mass but also to its size. To be sure, it is best to maximize the surface area of application, which is to say, applying as much tape as you can in order to provide a clear buffer for the tape's adhesive strength.
Right Application Pattern
Also, be sure that you arrange the tapes in a way in which it can counter any and all countervailing forces that it should resist. This means that it would be best to not only position the tapes in one straight line. The best pattern is to cover the edges of the object with the tape and also applying some strips in the middle forming an "X-pattern" with the adhesive. Varying the direction of the tape strips and installing them at an angle are ideal patterns that will ensure maximum bonding strength.
After installing and mounting the object with the adhesive tape, it would be best to apply some pressure to the object towards the surface- pressing all possible areas where the tape was applied. If possible, it would also be ideal to use a rubber hammer, a roller, or any cylindrical canister to squeegee any air gaps that may exist in between the tape and the surface.
These air gaps, which can be removed by applying some pressure, can accommodate air bubbles or moisture which will lessen the tape's strength over time. Hence, it is crucial to eliminate them.
Let it Rest and Settle
After all these steps above have been met, it is equally important to let the object and adhesive rest before subjecting them to any extensive force. Letting the adhesive rest and set would increase its rigidity and structural integrity over time.
Wrapping It Up
The key towards making the adhesive stay on a long term basis lies on following the instructions given by the manufacturer and also by following the steps above. Yes, they may be complex, time-consuming and unnecessary at first glance- but following them can significantly increase your project's success.
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