Thin Bonding: Double Coated & Adhesive Transfer Tapes

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About Thin Bonding

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    Thin bonding lets your design shine without bulky fasteners by using a virtually invisible industrial-strength bond to attach materials. Using a tape rather than a liquid adhesive allows you to customize the tape to the precise shape you need for the final design, as well as giving you production flexibility by leaving the liner in place until the second substrate is ready. Double coated or adhesive transfer tapes provide shear strength, conformability and high initial adhesion and have industrial applications in electronics, auto interiors, signage and graphics, sporting equipment and much more.

    Visit our Double Sided Tapes page to learn more about the benefits common to all double sided tapes.

What is a Carrier, and Do All Tapes Have One?

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  • The carrier is the material that holds or “carries” the adhesive; in double coated tapes (also called supported tapes) it separates the two adhesives. The carrier can be made of paper, plastic film, tissue or foam, and the type of carrier can be important for applications that need to withstand, as one example, the heat level of a paint-drying process or medical sterilization. Having a carrier in the middle enables two different adhesives to be applied for adhering dissimilar materials that require different bonding properties. Once the adhesive is applied to the carrier a liner is applied over one or both sides to protect the adhesive until the tape is applied.

  • There is also a class of double sided tapes with no carrier. Adhesive Transfer Tape (sometimes called ATT, transfer tape or unsupported tape) is composed of a thin film of adhesive with a liner over the top so it can be easily handled. As with other double sided tapes, an adhesive transfer tape is applied, then the liner is peeled off to apply the second substrate. With no carrier for separation these thin bonding tapes consist of one type of adhesive, but their overall temperature resistance is not limited by the temperature resistance of the carrier and they are extremely conformable to irregular surfaces.

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Where is Thin Bonding Tape Used?

From climate-controlled offices to harsh outdoor environments, you need high-performance versatility that can withstand whatever conditions customers throw at your products. Whether you’re bonding high surface energy substrates like metals and glass or difficult low surface energy materials like powder-coats and some composites, 3M has a wide variety of durable options for thin bonding – select each tab to learn more.

Tape for Extreme Situations (100MP)

Tape for Extreme Situations

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    Bond high and medium surface energy substrates to withstand the high heat of autoclaves

    3M™ 100MP High Performance Acrylic Adhesive

    When extreme environments make performance mission critical, look to 3M™ 100MP High Performance Acrylic Adhesive. Designed for operating temperatures up to 300°F (149°C) with short-term temperature tolerance up to 500°F (260°C), this tape also performs in extreme cold and situations where temperatures cycle between extremes. This durable adhesive is also resistant to chemicals, UV and solvents and provides a high-strength adhesive with a thin profile. It stands up to use in extreme performance applications such as aerospace de-icing boots and lightning protection systems, disc brake shims, high-temperature/high-pressure autoclaves, air bag inflator burst discs, engine and transmission control modules, metal bonding and cladding, high-temperature graphics and labels, kickplates and more.

    This adhesive is designed for use with high and medium surface energy materials such as metals, polyimides and polycarbonate.

Tape for Metal and High Surface Energy (200MP)

Tape for Metal and High Surface Energy Substrates

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    Bond polycarbonate to metal with 3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 467MP

    3M™ Acrylic Adhesive 200MP

    It’s not just your substrates that have to endure heat and repeated use – so does the adhesive. 3M™ Acrylic Adhesive 200MP is a versatile adhesive with excellent shear and peel strength, anti-liting power and resistance to solvents and heat. It stands up to repeated use in applications such as consumer appliances, industrial machinery, automotive, transportation, consumer electronics, healthcare, hospitals, public space communications, graphic overlays and fitness machines. This adhesive bonds a variety of metals and other high surface energy substrates, including:

    • Glass, Inked Glass
    • Acrylic
    • Aluminum
    • Fiberglass
    • Powder-coated Metals: Copper, Stainless steel, Zinc
    • Polycarbonate
    • Polyimide
    • Ceramic
    • Rigid Vinyl

Tape for Hard-to-Bond Textures (300MP)

Tape for Hard-to-Bond Textures

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    Attach nylon denier to plastic with 3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 6035PC

    3M™ Acrylic Adhesive 300MP

    When you need a durable solution that can attach, seal and reduce noise, even with hard-to-bond textures, look to 3M™ Acrylic Adhesive 300MP. This versatile high-performance adhesive brings high initial tack and ease of die-cutting to double-coated tapes for a variety of markets including general industrial, automotive, marine, medical equipment, specialty vehicle, construction finishing and office workspace applications. This adhesive bonds textures and substrates such as:

    • Polyurethane foam
    • Felt
    • Microcellular urethane foam
    • Vinyl
    • Polyethylene foam
    • Wood
    • EPDM foam
    • Carpet
    • Textiles/fabrics
    • Nylon

Tape for Hard-to-Bond Surfaces (300LSE)

Tape for Hard-to-Bond Surfaces

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    Bond plastic to metal with 3M™ Double Coated Tape 93010LE

    3M™ High-Strength Acrylic Adhesive 300LSE

    Some substrates are just challenging to wet out and stick to, period. 3M™ High-Strength Acrylic Adhesive 300LSE is designed specifically to bond low surface energy substrates securely and reliably with high initial tack and high shear strength in the automotive, electronics, consumer appliance and other industries. The adhesive demonstrates good anti-lifting properties on both flat and curved surfaces made of:

    • ABS Plastic
    • Polypropylene
    • Nylon
    • Rubber Polyurethane
    • EPDM Rubber
    • Carbon Fiber
    • Metal Mesh
    • Graphite
    • PET Film
    • Foam

General Purpose Tape

General Purpose Tape

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    3M General Purpose Double Coated Tapes

    3M™ Double Coated Tapes GPT-020 & GPT-020F are the ideal general purpose industrial thin bond tapes for a wide range of applications and substrates. These tapes utilize solventless adhesive technology offering high initial tack, high thermal and humidity resistance, and adhere to a wide variety of substrates ranging from metals to some plastics. This versatile tape is perfect for a variety of markets, including consumer appliances, industrial machinery, transportation, and consumer electronics.

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    3M Tapes for Industrial, Assembly, and Manufacturing Applications

    Every application has its challenges. 3M™ Double-Sided Tapes offer a double-sided advantage: design flexibility + performance. Our diverse portfolio of pre-slit, ready-to-use double-sided tapes empowers 3M general industrial distributors to find the right solution for the manufacturing and assembly needs of a wide variety of end users in almost every geography and market.

Screen Printable

Screen Printable

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    3M™ Screen Printable Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA)

    Precisely print 3M™ Screen Printable Pressure Sensitive Adhesive SP7202 on parts using conventional screen printing and UV curing equipment – and achieve the performance of tape. With excellent chemical, fluid and temperature resistance, 3M™ Screen Printable Pressure Sensitive Adhesive SP7202 can bond to a variety of substrates and withstand the elements. Furthermore, it is 100% solids and allows you to print directly onto parts. There’s no die cutting, so waste is greatly reduced.

Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) Tapes

Flexible Printed Circuit (FPC) Tapes

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    Flexible circuitry requires bonding solutions that can maintain adhesion through repeated usage

    3M™ Flexible Circuitry Bonding Solutions

    Flexible printed circuits have intricate designs so they keep working time after time, and they need reliable bonds to stay in place for all those repetitions. 3M™ Flexible Circuitry Bonding Solutions serve different combinations of needs, including bonding dissimilar substrates, fast or high-temperature processing, convertability to provide accurate edge profiles, anti-lift tapes for curved or bending surfaces and more. Industries that require bonding for flexible printed circuits include:

    • Electronics
    • Automotive
    • Appliances

    3M™ Flexible Circuitry Bonding Solutions brochure (PDF, 558 KB)

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Tape Format: Rolls vs. Shapes

You may be able to use tape straight from the roll, but many applications require bonds to be a specific size and shape. A converter will work with you to determine the specific carrier and adhesive for the job, then customize 3M products to the precise format you need for your application. Converted tapes can be supplied as rolls or sheets and can be configured for machine or manual application.

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How-To Videos

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    Bonding Dissimilar Materials (3:05)

    A 3M Technical Service Engineer describes the benefits of using Pressure Sensitive Adhesives to bond dissimilar materials.

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    Bonding Polypropylene to Metal (1:37)

    A 3M Technical Service Engineer demonstrates how to bond polypropylene to metal.

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    Bonding to Polypropylene (1:27)

    A 3M Technical Service Engineer demonstrates the peel strength of 3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 9472LE.

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    3M™ 300LSE Low Surface Energy Acrylic Bonding Tape (2:49)

    A 3M Technical Service Engineer demonstrates the challenge of bonding LSE Plastics and an adhesive specifically designed to bond these materials.

  • Video still of the demonstrator removing adhesive residue, with the text caption “For Best Results Pull at a Low Angle”
    How to Remove Adhesives (3:00)

    A 3M Technical Service Engineer discusses dry and solvent methods to de-bond and remove adhesives and tapes.

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