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iTapeStore Q & A

Q: Which product has the best adhesive?

A: There is no “best” adhesive.  Every application is different. To determine the appropriate adhesive for your application, you must consider the variables for your unique situation.  Type of surface, exposure to sunlight, temperature, and indoor vs outdoor use are factors that will influence the decision on which adhesive to use. The adhesive you would use on a painted wood surface in a temperature controlled environment is different than the one you would use outside on metal.  At iTapeStore we help you figure out which adhesive solution will work for you. Check out our product information guides or reach out to our knowledgeable solutions specialist for a consult.

Q: Are you able to provide a Certificate of Conformance for the material I order?

A: Yes! iTapeStore offers a Certificate of Conformance for your material when requested at the time of purchase. Simply note “C of C required” in your order comments when checking out. This is a free service we provide for our customers.

Q: Are there additional price breaks offered at quantities higher than listed on your website?

A: Yes! iTapeStore can handle orders of all sizes, large or small. If your quantity is higher than our highest noted price bracket, call or email us and request a quote. We will get back to you with our best pricing.

Q: I don’t see the size or material I need, are you able to provide sizes and materials other than what is offered on your website?

A: Yes! iTapeStore can special order materials not seen on our website at the request of a customer. Most materials found on can be customized to customer needs. That includes custom lengths or widths, but also custom shapes if you have specific parts you need converted. Call or email [email protected] if you don’t see the size or material you want and have a special request.

Q: Do you carry VELCRO® Brand products?

A: We carry a range of VELCRO products including hook and loop, which is available both with adhesive and without adhesive in many thicknesses, sizes, and colors.  Hook & loop coins are also available in stock and custom sizes and we carry one wrap straps in many colors and widths available by the strap or roll.

We also carry popular molded products like 3M™ Dual Lock™, the reclosable mushroom head snap fasteners that are available in various fastening strengths, colors and adhesive options. We can custom cut any of the reclosable fastener material we sell to suit your needs. We currently stock strips and coins of 3M™ Dual Lock™ in various sizes, if you don’t see the size you need just ask!

Q: My application requires a specific size and shape. Are you able to cut parts to drawing specifications?

A: Yes! iTapeStore has the capabilities to convert most of the material in our inventory per customer design and specifications using die cutting or laser cutting.

Q: What is hook and loop, and why do I need both of them?

A: If you look at a hook and loop fastener (known commonly by its most well known manufacturer, VELCRO® USA) closely you will see that there are two distinct parts. The hook, or hard/scratchy side is just that, a series of tiny hooks. The loop or soft/fuzzy side provides a place for the hooks to grab hold, giving you the closure you need. There are some possible exceptions. For example some people will only need hook if they are attaching to a loop-like fabric (e.g. carpets, cubicle walls).

Q: What do you mean by cycle-life?

A: Cycle life is the number of times you can engage and disengage the fastener before it loses over 50% of its original strength. The cycle life will vary depending on the quality and design of the fastener, as well as how you use it.

Q: What is the short answer for the difference between rubber and acrylic adhesive?

A: Generally: rubber adhesive sticks and reaches full strength quickly, lasts for a shorter time and is cheaper. Acrylic adhesive lasts much longer, provides a stronger bond, takes 24 hours or more to reach full strength, and is more expensive.

Q: What does "Kiss cut" mean?

A: Kiss cut means that the parts are die cut all the way through to the liner, but the liner is not cut. So if you have 250 coins, they end up in a roll with a continuous liner holding them together, as opposed to 250 individual pieces in a bag.

Q: What are Coins?

A: Coins, dots, circles all refer to the same idea: Dual Lock or Hook & Loop fasteners cut into a round shape.

Q: Mated vs. Single?

A: Mated refers to either Dual Lock or Hook & Loop engaged together. For example if you have a mated strip of hook & loop, you have one piece of the hook and one piece of the loop pressed together. Single is just one side of the hook or loop, or one piece of Dual Lock without the matching piece to complete the fastening. Purchasing this way makes it easier to apply each side separately.

Q: What is a pressure sensitive adhesive?

A: A pressure sensitive adhesive is an adhesive the requires some sort of force, whether a hand, or a roller, to activate the adhesive.

Conversion Chart

Feet to yards Divide number of feet by 3 1 yard = 3 feet
Inches to yards Divide number of inches by 36 1 yard = 36 inches
Inches to feet Divide number of inches by 12 1 foot = 12 inches