3M™ Gripping Material GM530

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Firm, but soft, plain backed gripping material designed to resist tearing in sew-on applications

Tough, durable thermoplastic polyurethane gripping polymer provides excellent abrasion resistance

Nylon fabric backing provides stretch in cross web direction

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  • Firm, but soft, plain backed gripping material designed to resist tearing in sew-on applications
  • Tough, durable thermoplastic polyurethane gripping polymer provides excellent abrasion resistance
  • Nylon fabric backing provides stretch in cross web direction
  • When mated, delivers high coefficient of friction properties, even in wet and oily conditions
  • Designed to provide slip resistance and easy-release properties

Constructed with thousands of micro-replicated gripping fingers, 3M™ Gripping Material GM530 provides a lighter, yet tighter grip for maximum hold with minimum effort. Designed to enhance grip and reduce slippage, this product is a firm, but soft, and durable gripping material. The nylon knit backing allows the material to be sewn to a variety of surfaces such as fabrics and leathers.

3M™ Gripping Material GM530
Adhesives-backed versions stick on contact to many metals, plastics and sealed woods
Easily Enhance Your Grip
When mated with another gripping material, our 3M™ Gripping Material GM530 provides high durability and high coefficient of friction properties. This firm but soft, black gripping material utilizes our proprietary micro-replication technology to create thousands of tiny replicated fingers that enhance grip and reduce slippage. Used alone, this material provides a secure grip with medium friction, but when used in conjunction with another gripping material, such as sewn into a glove and wrapped onto a handle bar, grip strength is maximized even in wet or oily conditions. This gripping material provides the best wet and oil grip when used with only a bare hand. 3M™ Gripping Material GM530 is designed to be sewn using most commercially available equipment using a leather walking foot.

Recommended Applications
  • Athletic gloves
  • Industrial work gloves
  • Apparel
  • Bag handles and straps
  • Mated athletic glove-handle bar applications
  • Mated work glove-equipment applications
Here's a Grip Tip
If needed, plain backed 3M™ Gripping Materials can be bonded in place prior to sewing to prevent movement during the sewing process. Pressure sensitive adhesives, such as 3M™ Adhesive Transfer Tape 6035PC or 6038PC, work well for temporary holding of the material. Plain-backed 3M™ Gripping Material products can be shear cut, die-cut, laser cut or converted by other applicable methods, and can be sewn to a wide variety of substrates using most commercially available equipment. Additional information on sewing techniques can be found on applicable 3M Plain Backed data page.

Performance in a Wide Range of Temperatures
3M™ Gripping Material GM530 performs well across a broad range of temperatures, ranging from -40°F to 140°F (-40°C to 60°C) indoors and outdoors.

About our 3M™ Gripping Materials
Our gripping materials are available in roll or sheet form in a wide range of tactility from very soft to firm. Soft gripping material products are designed to be more comfortable during skin contact and tend to be more flexible to contour more easily to tighter curves. Firm gripping material products are extremely durable, and tend to be stiffer. If prolonged service life in harsh use conditions is a critical feature for your product, durability of the gripping material increases with firmness. Actual service life will depend on frequency of use and severity of end use conditions, but typically, most 3M™ Gripping Material can outlast leather in a factory or in the field. 3M™ Gripping Material products are designed to be used alone, or as a two-part mated system. When used alone (on a single surface), the 3M™ Gripping Materials (PDF, 13.73 Mb) provide a strong secure grip. When used as a two-part mated system, for example, on a glove and handle bar, grip strength is maximized.

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Product Color Relative Durability
Relative Friction
Relative Tactility
mils (mm)
oz/yd2 (g/m2)
Temperature Use Range
°F (°C)
Relative Chemical Resistance
Relative UV Resistance
Mated Unmated
Plain-backed: washable nylon knit with moderate stretch for sew-on applications
GM110 Black 10 10 3 10 33 (0.8) 10.7 (366) -40 to 160°
(-40 to 71°)
10 9 24" x 72 yd
GM530 Black 8 8 7 8 8 7
GM630 Grey 2 6 9 4 5 1
GM640 Black 5 9 8 6 5 5
Adhesive-backed: 3M pressure sensitive acrylic for bonding to high and low surface energy materials
GM400 Black 10 10 3 10 33 (0.8) 12.9 (440) -40 to 160°
(-40 to 71°)
10 9 1" x 72 yd or
24" x 72 yd
GM531 Black 8 8 7 8 8 7
GM631 Grey 2 6 9 4 5 1
GM641 Black 5 9 8 6 5 5
GM731 Clear 10 10 3 10 10 2*



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