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Sticky Is As Sticky Does

Sticky Is As Sticky Does

Ever wonder why  tape is sticky?  Look at the adhesive side of tape closely, maybe with a magnifying glass, and you’ll discover that what looks smooth actually has a lots of bumps and ridges. Those ridges contain air held in bubbles suspended in the adhesive that create suction when the tape is pressed onto another […]

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It’s Friday.  Time For A Little Tape History

It’s Friday. Time For A Little Tape History

The development of  masking tape, originally a 3M product, dates to the 1920’s and was inspired by a problem that is still drives one of masking tape’s most important uses, automobile painting. Dick Drew was a 3M product developer, who was involved in developing sand paper, visited an auto body shop to test some new […]

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Colleges Make Big Bucks on Branded Duct Tape

Colleges Make Big Bucks on Branded Duct Tape

Many colleges are seeing big increases in licensing revenue, and it isn’t just from t-shirts. Now you can buy duct tape with your favorite college’s logo printed on it. Duck Brand duct tape offers their signature duct tape emblazoned with over 30 unique college logos. Though many schools have yet to jump on board with […]

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How Is Masking Tape Made

How Is Masking Tape Made

Known for its ability to seal the edges of surfaces to be painted and then be easily removed without damaging surfaces, masking tape requires both a specialized adhesive and an easy to handle backing. The tape backing for masking tape requires a paper that is thin enough to be torn by hand, so that no […]

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Proper Tape Storage

Proper Tape Storage

We get lots of questions related to the shelf life of gaffers tape and the proper storage conditions for it. This information is provided from the spec sheet for 3M 6910 gaffers tape. Shelf life-To obtain best performace, use this product within one year of manufacture. Storage-Store under normal conditions of 60 degrees to 80 […]

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Tape Converters “Stuck” In The Middle

Tape Converters “Stuck” In The Middle

In our ongoing discussion about tape pricing and the havoc caused by raw material costs, there is a group of companies caught between the manufacturers (companies like Shurtape) and distributors (that’s what we do). These companies are called converters and they provide the essential service of “converting” large rolls of tape called “jumbos” into tape […]

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Pioneer Press Features Scotch Tape In Its 12 Days of Minnesota Holiday Promotion

Pioneer Press Features Scotch Tape In Its 12 Days of Minnesota Holiday Promotion

The St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press is featuring Scotch Tape and 3M in a holiday promotion that examines  “made in Minnesota”  inventions and companies that are part of how we celebrate Christmas. One of the features focuses on 3 M and the invention of Scotch Tape. You can see the video for this promotion by […]

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Sesame Tape Makes Cardboard Packaging “Display Ready”

Sesame Tape Makes Cardboard Packaging “Display Ready”

Anybody who has sliced thru a boxed item while trying to turn a shipping carton into a point-of-sale display will appreciate this new carton sealing tape from Adalis. Sesame Tape, as in “Open Sesame” makes the box cutter obsolete. It is a two tape system that will allow a shipping carton to be opened in […]

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Cotton Pricing Should Help Tape Manufacturers Hold Prices

Cotton Pricing Should Help Tape Manufacturers Hold Prices

Cotton futures have reached a 12 month low, down by almost a third since this time last year.  Since the primary component in most cloth tapes is cotton, the price of these tapes should remain stable for the foreseeable future. While oil prices (the primary component in high quality tape adhesives) have been less stable, […]

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That Might Explain Why The Stuff Is So Expensive

That Might Explain Why The Stuff Is So Expensive

3M, the 1000 lb. gorilla in the tape manufacturing universe, has awarded master electrician Tim Frost a new Ford F150 pickup truck in its “Made In America” contest. The contest was used to promote 3M Scotch Super 33+  electrical tape. If you’re interested in good electrical tape at a price that doesn’t include a mark […]

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