Custom Cut Tapes
Custom Cut Tapes and Custom Cut Masking Shapes are used by metal finishers including powder coaters and platers. They use these when they want a clean finish in a complex pattern or template. They are also used when masking is required on a large volume of identical items.
Materials For Custom Cut Masking shapes
Custom cut making shapes and custom cut tapes can be made using a large variety of materials. These include high temperature silicon masking tapes.(see links below for product info). Other adhesives used include Polyimide, Crepe 160 and Crepe 200. Most metal finishers will already be using these tapes. While they can make their own shapes, it is time consuming, can mean an inconsistent finish and can also lead to wasted materials. Custom Cut Shapes can be produced from a customer’s own existing template. They can also be produced by forming a template from a drawing and spec list. Once this template is ready the custom cut masking shapes can be produced to any volume.
Typical time scales for producing custom cut tapes is 3-5 working days.
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High Temperature masking tape is available for use in various processes where high temperatures, or hostile environments are likely. Polyester masking tape is for normal temperature powder coating, and polyamide masking tape is for PCB masking during wave soldering. All high temperature masking tapes should be applied after cleaning operations, and removed while the component is warm.
Polyester masking tapes are usually supplied in a green colour, but are also supplied in red or blue. The performance is the same regardless of colour. Most tapes are supplied on 66 metre rolls, except the polyamide range, which is normally on 33 metre rolls. All tapes have a shelf life in excess of 12 months, if stored correctly. They should be kept dry, out of sunlight, high humidity and high temperatures to give the longest storage life. Should our standard tapes not meet your particular needs, tapes produced from other materials such as aluminium foil, lead etc can be supplied to order. Standard ranges can also be offered in other widths if necessary. All tapes can also be supplied cut into shapes for masking specific areas.
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