Tape vs Tape – How do I know which one I need?

If you’re on the hunt for a simple roll of packaging tape but gave up because you couldn’t tell the difference between the sheer amount of choices available, you’re not alone! You may remember reading about the different parts of tape which work together as a well-oiled machine. One of these parts is the adhesive – the glue that holds everything together! This is possibly the most important part of the tape as each adhesive has pros and cons which indicate which tape is going to work best for you. Fear not if this sounds like hours of research – we’ve got it all here to help you make your choice!

Rubber Adhesive

Rubber is the most common type of adhesive as it is high-tack (nice and sticky!) and offers a medium level of adhesion:


  • Great for general purpose uses
  • Ideal for re-cycled cardboard
  • For use in normal temperature environments


  • Poor performance in very low temperatures (i.e. not suitable for application or storage in cold rooms or freezers) 

To find this adhesive, look for Signet’s Own Packaging tape or Heavy Duty Packaging tape, Vibac P30 Packaging tape or tesa 4263 Packaging tape.

Synthetic Rubber Adhesive

As with a lot of products nowadays, it is becoming increasingly important to preserve natural materials and create synthetic options:


  • Generally has a higher level of adhesion than natural rubber
  • Reliable for general purpose uses
  • Use in normal temperature environments


  • Not as high-tack as natural rubber
  • Isn’t suitable for low temperatures 

An example of this tape is Signet’s Hot Melt tape or the 3M 371 Packaging tape.

Water Based Acrylic

Acrylic tape is specially designed for items that are stored or transported in cold room or freezer environments:


  • Great for applying and storing in cold environments
  • Ideal for lighter cartons and parcels


  • Doesn’t offer the same tack or performance level of rubber & synthetic rubber adhesives

If you want to buy this tape, look for Signet’s Own Acrylic Packaging tape or tesa 4262 Acrylic Packaging tape.

Solvent Based Acrylic

This tape is described as an “aggressive” adhesive as it often works better than other adhesives:


  • Great general purpose tape
  • Available in red, green, white, blue, yellow, orange or black
  • Can be used in cold environments


  • Only available in the above colours, not standard clear or brown

If you’re wanting this adhesive, look for tesa 64204 Coloured tape.

If you’ve got more questions about the right tape for you, or to explore our full range of tapes head to www.signet.net.au or speak to one of our team on 13 7446 (13 SIGNET) or by emailing sales@signet.net.au.

Authors – Steph Hewish & Damien Sharma

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