Hand Held or Machine Grade?
Hand Held Rolls
All*Star’s Hand Held Rolls (HH) of v-groove tape vary in length from 90 yards to 105 yards, depending on the product. The rolls are small and light weight, making them the ideal option for customers who are doing v-grooving without the aid of a dedicated v-groove machine. Customers who are using CNC routers, hand routers and other methods tell us the small nature of the roll makes it much easier to handle.
Machine Grade Rolls
All*Star ’s Machine Grade Rolls (MG) of v-groove tape vary in length from 500 yards to 1025 yards, depending on the product. They all measure roughly 14” in diameter. They are intended for the large v-grooving machines with dedicated taping heads. The two most common machines are those manufactured by Star V Machinery and Auto V Grooving. The large size nature of the rolls allows a customer to put the tape on the machine and get maximum, continued application without downtime.
VAC has an extra thick Polyester film backing which will not s-t-r-e-t-c-h. The high tensile strength film does not allow an epoxy or viscous adhesive to bleed through the mitre joint and mar the finished side of the Acrylic Solid Surface sheet. The adhesive coating on the clear film is extremely aggressive and will not slide or shift while holding a true definition for the mitre-fold joint. The physical characteristics of the VAC Series compare favorably in every way to 3M’s #355 (Paklon / Trade Mark) Film. All*Star does, however, offer a greater variety of stocked widths for SS fabricators.
VKP uses a similar n-o-n s-t-r-e-t-c-h film backing, as the above. However, the Ivory colored substrate employs a (totally) different pressure sensitive coating. Once again a tight definition is maintained on the finished edge of the mitre-fold joint. The adhesive, while tacky and aggressive, allows a KLEAN PEAL assuring NO ADHESIVE RESIDUE left on the finished side of the Solid Surface when the tape is removed. We are not aware of a 3M suggested equivalent to this product.
VBP has replaced the need for “super wide tapes” used during coving fabrications. The unfinished side of all Solid Surface sheets is far more difficult for tape to adhere to when compared to the smooth and glossy “finished side” outlined above. This high tensile strength backing has the ability to conform to the mogul-like surfaces and the extra heavy adhesive coat weight assures bonding to the textured backside of any Solid Surface sheet.