Confused By Tape Terminology? Here Are The Terms You’ll Need:
Backing – The primary component of tape upon which an adhesive is applied. Examples are cloth, paper, vinyl, film, etc.
Substrate – See “Backing” above.
Conformability – Capability of a tape to make total contact with a surface.
Creped – Paper substrate that has small “folds” to provide stretchability and conformability.
Double-coated or double-faced tape – Pressure-sensitive tape with adhesive on both sides of the substrate.
Gapping – Openings between leaves of tape within a roll.
Release coating – A very thin coating applied to the tape backing to allow the tape to be unwound from a roll.
Telescoping – A sideways sliding of the tape layers, one over the other, so that the roll looks like a funnel.
Tack – The “stickiness” of the tape.
Unwind – Removing or unwinding the tape from a roll.