3M had you, the Professional Electrician, in mind when designing the new line of Temflex™ general use electrical tapes. You need tapes with basic electrical protection and improved durability for everyday jobs. You need a durable tape that sticks well and is better for the environment! These new tapes carry on the rich legacy of 3M’s electrical tape innovation that began back in 1946 when 3M invented vinyl electrical tape.
Scientists at 3M spent years to develop these new tapes with great attention to sustainability. The 3M™ Temflex™ 165 and 175 tapes are the first solvent-free vinyl electrical tapes we’ve ever offered, for a more sustainable product that is better for the environment! No solvents are used in the manufacturing process! As a result, you may notice the tape smells different than traditional vinyl electrical tapes.
The new sustainable formulation means the black tape will turn slightly gray when it is stretched. This is normal and does not affect performance or protection in any way. Please use with full confidence, knowing the formulation is better for our environment.
Pro-Tip: When the tape is stretched and turns slightly gray, you know you have good tension and can apply tight wraps.
Durable Vinyl Film Backing
Vinyl electrical tape is primarily made of two components: Vinyl Film Backing and Adhesive. 3M makes its own vinyl film for electrical tapes. The film for Temflex™ 165 tape was designed to be slightly stronger than its predecessor. The stronger film allows you to wrap your cables and connections with firm tension for a tight wrap, yielding excellent seal and protection. Because the film is stronger, you may notice it requires slightly more force to break.
Pro-Tip: For best results, use scissors or a knife to cut the tape to minimize flagging of the final wrap. When tearing by hand, keep your fingers and thumbs close together to prevent excessive stretching and reduce chances of flagging.
Scientists at 3M also designed an aggressive adhesive to ensure the tape will stick well in a variety of applications, which reduces potential for unravel. Much like vinyl film backing, Temflex™ 165 and 175 tapes were designed with a stronger adhesive than its predecessor, which means you don’t have to worry about electrical tape that doesn’t stick. Temflex™ 165 tape is designed for installations down to 32°F (0°C) and Temflex™ 175 tape is designed for installations down to 20°F (-7°C).
Pro-Tip: Near freezing temperatures, adhesion will likely increase compared to warm environments. To improve handling in cold temperatures, tab off the end of the tape by folding a small portion of the end onto itself to make it easier to remove from the roll. When not in use, keep your tape warmer by leaving it in the cab of the truck or in your pockets close to your body.
If you need tape for very cold environments, Scotch® Super 33+™, Super 88, and 35 Color Coding Tapes are designed to work in installations down to 0°F (-18°C).
When you need a dependable, multi-purpose general purpose PVC electrical tape, use 3M™ Temflex™ Tape 165. This affordable solution offers reliable performance for protective jacketing, harnessing, marking and insulating low voltage cables in non-critical applications.
3M™ Temflex™ Tape 175 s a high performance, durable general purpose electrical tape. This tape solution offers value and reliable performance for protective jacketing, harnessing and insulating low voltage cables in indoor and protected outdoor applications.
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