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Mueller’s Capabilities With 3M Acrylic Foam Tape

Posted by Mueller Custom Cut Solutions Team on Mar 9, 2021 12:30:00 PM

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When it comes to tapes and adhesives, an off-the-shelf solution may not be the best fit for your company.

You must have the right quantity of product in the perfect dimension and the ideal material to ensure a top-quality application.

Mueller Custom Cut has access to a variety of materials, including 3M products, that give us the ability to create a customized solution to suit your business needs.

Here are more details about our unique capabilities regarding 3M Acrylic Foam Tape.

What Is 3M Acrylic Foam Tape?

3M Acrylic Foam Tape is a double-sided tape that’s used to replace mechanical fasteners in automotive applications. With two different adhesives, the tape can bond to high-energy substrates and low-energy substrates. 

This attachment solution combines acrylic adhesives with viscoelastic foam cores. The pairing offers unique adhesion and stress-relaxation properties. It also provides resistance to environmental conditions for optimum long-term performance.

The double-coated tape can bond to a variety of automotive substrates. It’s formulated for very high final adhesion and peel strength. This tape is engineered for stress relaxation when exposed to high-stress loads, and it maintains bond-line aesthetics under normal stress loads.

What Are the Advantages of 3M Acrylic Foam Tape?

3M Acrylic Foam Tape has several advantages over adhesives and mechanical fastening systems, including:

  • Fast & clean application
  • Simplification of processes
  • Increased design flexibility
  • Corrosion avoidance
  • Material flexibility
  • Sealing function
  • Weight reduction
  • Cost reduction

This double-sided tape adapts well to complicated geometries. It delivers great wet-out for a durable and consistent bond, even to heavier parts.

What Are Some Applications for 3M Acrylic Foam Tape?

3M Acrylic Foam Tape can be used in various forms to attach exterior trim and other parts to automotive surfaces.

Vehicle applications include: 

  • Front
    • Engine hood sealing
    • License plate
    • Radiator grill/chrome trim
    • Sensors
  • Glass
    • Water box profile
    • Antenna amplifier/electronic units
    • Window lace, frame
    • Rain/light sensors
  • Doors
    • A, B, C column
    • Door sealing
    • Wing mirror
    • Inlay in door-tread
  • Sides
    • Wheel house extension
    • Body side molding
    • Door sill cover
    • Chassis beam cover
  • Roof
    • Antenna
    • Roof edge sealing/roof ditch
    • Sunroof frame
    • Sunroof sealing
  • Rear 
    • Spoiler
    • Rear light/reflector sealing
    • Chrome trim
    • Emblems, logos, lettering
  • Other
    • Window flares
    • Wheel flares
    • Wheel weights
    • Claddings
    • Rocker panels
    • Running boards

3M also offers heat-activated and pressure-sensitive acrylic foam tapes for various application needs.

What Can Mueller Do With 3M Acrylic Foam Tape?

As a 3M converter partner, Mueller has direct access to 3M Acrylic Foam Tape, as well as a wide range of other 3M products. We can take our business partner’s solutions and modify them to meet the specific requirements of your application. 

With our unique capabilities, you can transform 3M Acrylic Foam Tape into whatever form your assembly line needs. This product can be die-cut, kiss-cut, supplied in slit rolls, and much more.

Mueller’s technology base allows us to maximize our raw material usage. This means we get the most parts possible per square foot of 3M material. We can convert parts quickly, which means we’re reducing costs for the customer. 

Other perks of working with a 3M automotive converter like Mueller include:

  • Materials expertise
  • Engineering consulting
  • Value-added converted formats
  • Prototyping
  • Efficiency

Our objective is to help our customers solve problems and save money by using 3M products. We will give you a solution you can work with to make life easier for your operators and still accomplish the same task.

When you choose Mueller, you can count on receiving a 3M product that matches your exact specifications. It will be made from the ideal material for your needs and available in the quantity you require. Our cooperative process is also generally quicker and yields more uniform results than other solutions. 


Mueller’s Unique Capabilities with 3M Acrylic Foam Tape

Now you know more about 3M Acrylic Foam Tape and how Mueller can use it to customize the right solution for your business needs.

This tape was designed for robust performance, even on complex contours and difficult automotive paint surfaces. It has numerous benefits over adhesives and mechanical fastening systems, including material flexibility, corrosion avoidance, and cost reduction.

The team at Mueller Custom Cut has been in the business of die-cutting since 1940. We know how to guide you in the right direction if you’re unsure about anything during our customization process. 

We can answer any questions you may have about 3M materials so you end up with the highest-quality product possible.

If you’re thinking about incorporating 3M Acrylic Foam Tape into your next project, let’s talk today!

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