Are You Using the Right Tape?

Printed Packing Tapes

We’ve been creating custom shipping tape for the last 35 years and if there’s one thing we’re confident telling our customers it’s that not every type of tape is right for every job.

Today we’re going to look at some of the different tapes of tape we offer and their key selling points. It’s our hope that this guide helps you determine which type of custom shipping tape you need.

When you need detailed printing…

…go with polypropylene tape.

Polypropylene TapePolypropylene offers excellent printability, thanks to a polymer plate that makes it a great choice for longer print runs that require a lot of detail. PVC tape uses a rubber plate, which absorbs ink over time, causing prints to lose detail over long runs.

Of course, that’s not the only reason polypropylene tape is the most popular kind of custom shipping tape. First off, it’s cost-effective, normally priced lower than other tapes.

It also offers a range of different thicknesses, which is useful when you need to ship heavier goods. The thicker your tape, the stronger the adhesive.

When you need a TOUGH tape…

…choose paper tape.

Paper TapeWhile any good custom shipping tape variety is going to provide you with the necessary security you need, paper tape offers an added level of protection thanks to the fiberglass threads running through it.

Once you’ve sealed something using paper tape, it forms a lasting bond that will need to be ripped in order to open (just like an envelope), whereas plastic tape can be peeled back.

Paper tape is often used in industries shipping softer goods like clothing, or in situations where a business has products that aren’t easily stackable.

It’s also a good tape for situations where you can’t put as much pressure on your packaging, since water-activated paper tape requires less force to form a seal.

When you need something stronger than masking tape

Flat Back Tape…pick flatback tape.

Offering greater strength than traditional masking tape, flatback tape is perfect for masking, edging, splicing and binding. It’s easy to tear and dispense and features low tack adhesive properties, allowing you to apply and remove it and leave behind little to no residue.

When you need your tape to stick in cold temperatures…

freezer tape is your best bet.

A good custom shipping tape needs to keep your packaging secure during transit. But what happens when your products arrive at their destination and go into cold storage? Can your tape survive the temperature?

A strip of tape has two components: the liquid adhesive and the solid tape. When temperatures get too cold, the liquid element will eventually freeze, turning the tape dry and brittle.

That’s where hi-tack freezer tape comes in. It offers superior adhesion at low temperatures, with a minimum application temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit and a service temperatures of -15 degrees Fahrenheit.

When you need a versatile, manageable tape…

…you can’t go wrong with PVC tape.

PVC TapesPVC tape has a lot to recommend it. It’s a versatile tape, and even thicker and stronger than polypropylene.

It’s easier to manage when you unpeel a long strip and less likely to get stuck to itself.

It’s true that you’ll need more pressure to get PVC tape to stick, but once its adhesive takes hold, it forms a firm bond and sticks to a greater variety of surfaces.

Do you still have questions about which type of tape is right for your project? Phoenix Tape can help.

Since 1985, we’ve been working with companies like yours to ensure they have custom shipping tape that keeps their products secure and promotes their brand at an affordable cost. Contact us today to learn more.

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