Double sided tape, also known as adhesive tape, has an amazing number of uses beyond its name. Whether you’re doing a project around the house or in the office, chances are good that you can use double sided tape to make it easier to complete. It’s also relatively inexpensive and comes in so many colors and patterns that you’ll be able to match it to just about any project! But even though double sided tape is extremely useful, there are still some common mistakes made when using it that you need to avoid if you want to get the best possible results from your projects.
Advantages and Disadvantages
First, let’s take a look at how double-sided tape got its name. It uses two adhesive sides to stick objects together that wouldn’t ordinarily stay put. That might sound useful in many cases, but you do have to be careful not to use it on surfaces where it will leave residue when you try to remove it or on materials that aren’t tolerant of adhesive chemicals. You also should never walk on surfaces covered with double-sided tape—it can damage floors and carpets. And, if you plan to use it outdoors, make sure you don’t get caught in rain or other precipitation. The tape won’t hold up well under water and could come off as soon as moisture hits it. If you need something for outdoor projects like these, consider using a weatherproof glue instead.
Tips For Using Double Sided Tape
First, you want to make sure that what you’re taping is completely dry. Water has a way of making double sided tape not stick at all, but once it’s totally dry (give it twenty-four hours) that becomes less of an issue. You also don’t want your surfaces to be really smooth. Any texture in your wall or whatever surface you’re using will help hold the tape in place. Lastly, when taking down your poster or whatever else you taped up, start on one side and work over to the other side so as not to rip off pieces of tape every time you pull back on it! That could leave residue behind which can actually cause your poster to fall down again.
There are a few common mistakes people make when trying to use double sided tape:
- They use too much of it – Unless you’re hanging something very heavy, like furniture or a mirror, you shouldn’t need more than one strip of tape per side. More than that can cause bubbles and reduce adhesion between both sides of the adhesive.
- They let their surfaces get wet – This kind of goes along with #1 above but sometimes people have no choice but to hang something right after they clean their walls (like right after painting). The paint needs several days to fully cure before you can apply any kind of adhesive directly onto it; otherwise it won’t stick well at all!
Any time you use double-sided tape, it’s important to avoid these common mistakes. From selecting a material that’s not strong enough for your project to gluing in an area that’s easily damaged, these are all potential pitfalls you don’t want to risk. If you need help with any project that involves using double-sided tape or other strong adhesives, consider hiring an expert like 2S Packaging. We know how to put together a plan based on your unique needs and preferences so everything goes smoothly when it comes time to execute. We also know what products work best for different applications, which is handy if you aren’t familiar with all of them yourself.