Spectra Tapes now has a section on their website called “Tape University”. The purpose of this project is to educate the public on the various types of tape. There are different product choices when it comes to sealing your packages, which may become overwhelming or confusing to most people who have never shopped for this kind of product before.
If you are looking to order your first batch of custom printed tape, there are certain things to consider. The differences between each product can be found on the Spectra website and the “Tape University 101” video. For convenience purposes the following are simplified descriptions of every kind of tape available for custom print.
Standard grade polypropylene is the most commonly found tape used to seal packages and great in 75% of all applications. It is better than the ones you will find at local supply stores due to the fact that it is a heavier gauge product with more adhesive. The advantages customers are getting with this product compared to the store are a superior product as well as the aspect of customization since their logo is printed on it.
Superior grade polypropylene is a better quality product since it can withstand heavier packages. In addition, if the boxes being used are high content recycled, this tape will stay stuck.
Cold temperature polypropylene, as the name implies, is recommended for application in colder environments. The product will even stay stuck while being transported in those colder temperatures.
PVC heavy duty is the most superior product available on the market. It is made of a natural rubber adhesive which is less disturbed by dusty environments and has the most aggressive adhesive.
Acrylic is another type of tape that can be custom printed, which is also commonly used in cold temperature environments. It sticks best within 24 hours after application on the surface it is applied to. Acrylic is the only tape that cannot be printed on the film therefore logos are printed on the adhesive side. Be aware that the print removes the adhesive.
Gummed tape is one that is not made of plastic like the other kinds. It is the only tape that is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. The adhesive is even made of vegetable glue that is soluble in water. If you are concerned about the recycling process of gummed tape, it can easily break down in this process.
This was just a quick summary of all of the tapes available for custom print. It is advised to keep doing your research on the kind of tape that best fits your industry and your line of business.