Here’s How To “Talk Tape”

Confused By Tape Terminology? ┬áHere Are The Terms You’ll Need:

Backing – The primary component of tape upon which an adhesive is applied. Examples are cloth, paper, vinyl, film, etc.

Substrate – See “Backing” above.

Conformability – Capability of a tape to make total contact with a surface.

Creped – Paper substrate that has small “folds” to provide stretchability and conformability.

Double-coated or double-faced tape – Pressure-sensitive tape with adhesive on both sides of the substrate.

Gapping – Openings between leaves of tape within a roll.

Release coating – A very thin coating applied to the tape backing to allow the tape to be unwound from a roll.

Telescoping – A sideways sliding of the tape layers, one over the other, so that the roll looks like a funnel.

Tack – The “stickiness” of the tape.

Unwind – Removing or unwinding the tape from a roll.


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