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- 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.