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Making a flexible shape pattern Wray Schelin shows how to capture a shape's information with a flexible shape pattern made from two types of common tape.

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Old 08-14-2006, 01:26 AM
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Default Shelf life of signage tape?

Does anyone have an idea if the low-tack signage tape has a shelf life like masking tape. I can get a whole roll at a good price, but won't use up that much in a year! If it does go off, are there any recommendations for storage?(I keep masking tape bagged and sealed to stop it drying out and getting brittle)
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Old 08-14-2006, 02:52 AM
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I have been using a few rolls I bought 3 years ago.
No special storage other than a cabinet in a cool location.

Masking tape seems to dry out. Maybe putting it a ziplock bag would help.

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Old 12-05-2010, 03:59 PM
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I do signs and normally have a bunch of transfer tape on hand. If I am going to be away from the shop on the road for any length of time I normally put the tape in the bag it came in... But in the TX heat I can't get much more than a year out of the stuff. Haven't tried it in the freezer yet but it might help.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:04 PM
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I use it from time to time, with my airbrush work, I have found the biggest killer is humidity, seems to destroy the adhesive backing over time.
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Transfer tapes come in a variety of thicknesses and adhesive formulas.
Transferite an R-Tape are the most popular. The standard tack works well on most smooth surfaces. There are high tack adhesives that can be helpful on textured surfaces. I will often apply heat with a hair blower to help with adhesion. Shelf life depends on environment....Store in a cool dry place and out of sunlight. UV can ruin the adhesives.

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hair dryer works indeed, even easier to use is the microwave to breathe new life into old tape.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:58 AM
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I have read, but never tried, if you put the roll of tape in the microwave with a cup of water. I think it was 2-3 minutes. Try it and let us know.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:08 AM
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Read that too Rick, but never tried it.

I am still using tape from the same roll I first posted about. Six years later, just left in the cupboard, not in a bag or anything. Still works fine.
Reguler masking tape at half that age is not so good anymore.....
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:24 AM
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Good to see that both you and the tape stick at it
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