Foam tapes are used for sound dampening, insulating, gasketing, cushioning/padding, and sealing and are designed to enhance the appearance and improve the overall performance of your product design. Each foam tape has unique features and ideal purposes. Some of these tapes are available in a variety of thicknesses, adhesives, carriers and sizes. The normal temperature range that foam tape can withstand is -40°F to 300°F. Foam tape resists moisture, ultraviolet rays from the sun, and solvents, providing high bonding strength to compensate for different thermal expansions.
It’s important to pay close attention to the specific properties of each foam tape to decide which is best for your application. Variations in foam tape densities, thicknesses, adhesive systems and cell structure allow for a great variety of end uses. The success of your end product depends on securing the foam tape that best fits your needs.
Open Cell Foam: Urethane Foam, Polyester Urethane (PU Ester), Polyether Urethane (PU Ether), Microcellular, Open Cell Sponge, Sponge Rubber, Felt, Melamine Foam, Polyimide Foam,
Closed Cell Foam: Silicone Foam, PVC Foam, Neoprene Sponge Blend, Cross-Linked PE Foam, EPDM Foam Blend, Cork, EVA Foam, Nitrile Sponge Blend
Solid Rubber: Natural Rubber, SBR, Butyl Rubber, Santoprene, EPDM Rubber, Silicone Rubber, Neoprene Rubber, Buna Nitrile
3M VHB Adhesive Tapes (36)
Double Sided Automotive Tapes (46)
Double Sided Foam Tapes (11)
Polyethylene Foam Tapes (5)
Urethane Foam Tapes (8)
Vinyl - PVC - Nitrile Foam (3)
Properties of Foam Tape
Various types of foam tapes are ideal for use in appliances, automotive applications, electrical/electronics, shower and bath, truck/trailer/RV, point-of-purchase signage, window fabrication, and plastic molder/extruder applications. It is often used in place of mechanical fasteners (rivets, bolts, screws, and welding materials) because of its ability to withstand a high level of vibration, its high strength and its durable seals against cold, dust, gas, liquid, sounds, etc.
We market 6 distinct varieties of Foam Tape:
- Polyethylene foam tapes
- Neoprene EPDM Blend foam tapes
- Polyether & Polyester Urethane foam tapes
- PVC Vinyl foam tapes
- Vinyl Nitrile foam tapes
- EFO EPDM foam tapes
How Are Foam Tapes Used And Applied?
Foam tapes are used in a large amount of bonding and sealing applications. Examples of foam tape applications and uses include the automotive industry such as bonding plastic emblems onto metal substrates, sealing windows, doors, sun roofs, and trunks/hatches. Foam tapes are also used extensively in the HVAC and construction industries for various applications.
Another common use for foam tapes include weatherstripping. You will usually see it placed along doors and windows to keep cold and hot air outside. When there is an insufficient seal around a window or door, foam tape is great for sealing the gaps and offering a solid, long-term, cost-effective solution to replacement. Dummies.com provides an excellent video below for the application of weatherstripping.
Foam tapes are also used as a gasketing tapes. Adhesive-coated foam tapes are compressible sealants that close up an area between two matched sheets of glass, machine parts or around pipe joints to prevent the escape of a gas, fluid, air, or sound. Some areas of use include electrical enclosures, shed doors, and garage doors. Foam tapes are an excellent alternative to rubber foams or sealants/caulk.