Tape Seals

Uni-Grip’s EPDM rubber seals and gaskets are adhered in many ways to our customer’s applications. One common method is by using tape. Tape seals are used for many applications including the following:

  • Compartment door seals
  • Window seals
  • Noise dampening
  • Vibration dampening
  • Etc.

Tape seals use either PSA (pressure-sensitive adhesive) or HATS (heat-activated taping systems) for proper adhesion to the substrate. The different characteristics and uses of these two tapes are covered in our Seal Adhesives article.

Tape seals are commonly used in emergency vehicles, recreational vehicles, construction equipment, farm equipment and many more applications. Tape is used in bulb seals, slide-out seals, flap seals and trim seals. All of our tape seals and gaskets can be found in our Seal Finder. To view all our tape seals and gaskets in one place, go to the Seal Finder, click on “Mount” in the filters on the right, then click on “Tape”. If you still can’t find the seal you are looking for, we would be happy to assist you in creating a custom tape seal for your application!

Information on Tape Seal Adhesives

Is Adhesive Tape Waterproof?

While most adhesive tape is not completely impervious to water, strong adhesive tape creates a barrier preventing most moisture from getting through.

How Strong Is Adhesive Tape?

Adhesive tape's strength is measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). The higher the PSI, the stronger the bond. Adhesive tapes can have a PSI as low as 1 and as high as 500. A higher PSI is for heavy-duty applications, while a lower PSI is for lighter applications.

What Are the Advantages of Taping a Seal or Gasket?

Taping a seal or gasket has several advantages:

  • Much easier to apply than other methods, such as gluing or welding
  • Less likely to damage the application surface
  • Simple to remove if necessary

What Are the Best Methods and Conditions for Applying a Tape Seal?

The best time to apply a tape seal is when the surface is clean and dry. The temperature should be between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

What Size Tape Seal Should I Choose?

The size of the tape seal needed is dependent on the application. Start by determining the height and width of the required seal then check out our Seal Finder to determine the perfect tape seal for the job!

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