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Acrylic Tape vs Hot Melt Tape

Acrylic Tape Vs. Hot Melt Tape

For those of you who aren’t experts in tape, trying to work out whether your packages should have an acrylic tape or a hot melt tape may be easier said than done. But choosing the correct packaging tape is vital to ensuring proper protection, professional presentation and also correct utilization for your packages, depending on your need. BestPack has put together the following technical comparison to help guide you on your choice of packaging tape.

While both Acrylic tape and Hot Melt tape have their separate features and benefits; they both will work in room temperature environments for everyday general purpose carton sealing. Acrylic tape performs over a much wider temperature range and is natural for hot and cold environment applications. If the carton’s major flaps have heavy memory, Hot Melt tape performs best.


Hot Melt Tape vs Acrylic Tape

BestPack’s Acrylic tape and Hot Melt tape is manufactured in an ISO 9001 Quality Certified and ISO 14001 Environmental Certified facility and is ROHS compliant. With over 40 years of carton sealing experience, BestPack can find the carton sealer and tape product that will best suit your needs.

Acrylic Tape
Hot Melt Tape

Acrylic packing tapes offer a wider temperature range than hot melt tapes. An acrylic carton sealing tape is ideal for applications that involve low and/or high humidity conditions. Acrylic tapes also have a stronger resistance to oxidation, allowing it to to be uninfluenced by exposure to sunlight.

  • Wider Temperature Range – A natural cold & extreme hot temperature tape
  • Resistant to yellowing from UV light sources
  • Longer shelf life
  • Seal strength improves over time
  • Pricing Advantage

Hot melt tapes exhibit a significantly higher adhesion in comparison to an acrylic tape. They possess superior holding power (referred to as shear value) and tensile strength, with quick tack. A hot melt tape is ideal for applications involving machine applied tapes, overstuffed cartons, or cartons with a high degree of recycled content.

  • Great quick initial tack
  • High sheer
  • Consistent & easy release

Comparison Summary

  • Hot melt tapes offer exceptional adhesion strength, flexibility, and performs well in varying applications.
  • Acrylic tapes are ideal for packaging applications involving extreme temperatures, such as refrigeration, and for sealing boxes that will be warehoused over a long period of time.
  • Hot melt tapes can yellow with age, whereas an acrylic tape is less likely to yellow over time.
  • Both acrylic tape and hot melt tapes are comparable in price, offering both premium and economical grades.

Call BestPack at 1.888.588.2378 for more information.

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