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3M Extreme Masking Tapes

Acid baths, sandblasting, extreme heat, extended weathering and wear – we understand the challenges of extreme environments and we have solutions.

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Tapes that can take it

Not only does your masking solution have to withstand the same harsh environment as the parts you put it on, when it’s done protecting the underlying surface it should come off cleanly. It was a 3M lab assistant visiting an automaker that led to the invention of masking tape in 1925, and we have continued to work with our industrial customers to create products to meet their ever-changing needs. Our goal is to provide products you can count on to work well time after time masking in harsh conditions and helping to improve your productivity.

  • El masking de crepé, el masking de líneas finas y las películas de masking se utilizan para enmascaramiento de alta temperatura, reparación de pintura de final de línea y trabajos de pintura de dos tonos. Las cintas adhesivas se utilizan para cubrir agujeros y para sujetar ventanas de vidrio o láminas de plástico de protección temporal.

  • Crepe masking and fine line tapes are used in the exterior paint process of the aircraft for paper hanging and creating sharp paint lines. Duct tapes and masking films are used in ground applications to protect the landing gear during the paint process.

  • El masking de crepé se utiliza para enmascarar áreas grandes y en procesos de pintura de dos tonos, mientras que las cintas de línea fina son muy adaptables para enmascarar formas irregulares y curvas para crear diseños especiales y trabajos de pintura personalizados. Las cintas adhesivas se utilizan para cubrir agujeros y sujetar temporalmente.

  • Después del ensamblaje, un bote se enmascara antes de ingresar a la cabina de pintura, para un proceso de pintura o recubrimiento de gel. Las buenas soluciones de masking reducen el repintado de la pintura y minimizan el astillado cuando se retira la cinta. El masking y las cintas adhesivas también se utilizan para proteger las superficies interiores que son propensas a rayones y abolladuras.

  • Las cintas de masking de crepé se utilizan para enmascarar grandes áreas y en procesos de pintura de dos tonos, mientras que las cintas de líneas finas adaptables se utilizan para enmascarar curvas y formas irregulares. Las cintas adhesivas se utilizan para cubrir agujeros y sujetar temporalmente.

  • Las cintas de masking protegen las áreas durante las operaciones de pintura y sellado, con cintas especializadas para la aplicación de estuco y cintas de respaldo plano que se utilizan para unir la protección temporal del piso. Las cintas para ductos se utilizan para agrupar y colgar láminas de plástico pesadas, y se pueden elegir para retirarlas de forma limpia.

  • Image of workers taping down the tail of a large paper roll
    Papel e impresión

    Las cintas Flatback se utilizan en las fábricas de papel para tabular núcleos, sellar la cola durante el proceso de enrollado y sujetar capas protectoras alrededor de los rollos terminados. También se utilizan para unir dos bandas de papel juntas tanto en la fábrica como en la imprenta.

    Cinta Flatback de rendimiento de 3M™ 2525

    Cinta Flatback de alto rendimiento de 3M™ 2519


Image of gloved hands dipping parts masked with 3M™ Anodizing Masking Tape 8985L; graphic reads ‘Mask 5x faster1’
Introducing 3M™ Anodizing Masking Tape 8985L

An extreme masking solution for chromic acid anodization.

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  • Product families for Extreme Masking Tape applications

    Because each application is extreme for different reasons, the specific environment the tape needs to withstand determines which tape families are best suited to each application. For this purpose, extreme masking tapes are grouped into families by the backing or carrier that the adhesive is applied to.

    Anodizing tapes need to resist the harsh chemistry of the acid bath, so these tapes come from the Polyester, Vinyl and Foil tape families.

    Electroplating (and Electroless Plating) tapes need to withstand similarly harsh chemical solutions, and these tapes come from the Vinyl and Foil tape families.

    Powder Coating tapes need to withstand the extreme heat of the bake cycle, so these tapes come from the Polyester and Polyimide tape families.


Extreme Masking Tape applications


Powder Coating

Powder coating uses electrical attraction to apply free-flowing dry powder to a part which then passes through an oven so the powder melts to form an even paint surface. Not only must the masking tape prevent powder from reaching masked areas, but both the carrier and the adhesive must withstand the high oven heat (usually 400°F/204°C or higher for 5-30 minutes) without transferring to the part so the tape removes cleanly afterward.

Polyester Tape Family

Polyimide Tape Family

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