This is the material to which the adhesive is applied and is usually 48mm wide. Different carriers have different properties and can be supplied in a variety of weights and materials including cloth, tissue, paper, polyester and foil. The most commonly used carriers are included in the Premier range.
- Cannot be torn by hand
- Stretches lengthways
- Tape releases from the roll with a screech
Low Noise Polypropylene
Same as above but with a special liner added to reduce the amount of noise created when
releasing the tape.
- Can be torn by hand
- Stretches across the width of the tape
- Tape releases silently from the roll when pulled
Different types of adhesive perform well under different conditions:
- A good general purpose adhesive
- Tends to be the cheapest option
- A synthetic, water based material with a sweet smell
- Not suitable for use in extreme conditions
- Hot melt adhesive has a burnt plastic smell
- Performs well in a wider range of conditions and on a wider range of surfaces than
- Solvent adhesive has an odour not too dissimilar to nail varnish remover
- It is well suited for use in low temperature conditions
- Solvent is the most expensive form of adhesive
In theory any adhesive can be added to one or both sides of a carrier. The best carrier and adhesive combination depends on the surface that the tape is being applied to and the stresses it is expected to endure.