Differentiation, and the design flexibility required to achieve it, has been a key challenge in automotive manufacturing since the first two-tone automotive paint jobs in the early 1900s. 3M stepped up back then with the world’s first masking tape. Now we are stepping up with a range of bonding and attachment solutions to make vehicle exteriors stand out, without adding manufacturing and processing costs.
3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes and Acrylic Plus Tapes are go-to solutions for automotive bonding and joining. Conformable, viscoelastic foam cores provide excellent stress relaxation under high application loads and maintain tight bond lines under normal conditions. These tapes have been developed specifically for attaching exterior trim and other parts to automotive paint surfaces.
A truly simple method becomes even more effective for adding emblems and other differentiating visual elements to your designs. These thin, conformable acrylic foam tapes (AFT) feature adhesives formulated for attachment to automotive substrates, as well as treated liners for smooth, efficient tape application.
This range of 3M™ Acrylic Foam Tapes helps eliminate the time, expense and added process steps associated with adhesion promoters. All tapes feature viscoelastic acrylic foam cores for excellent stress relaxation under high application loads and tight bond line aesthetics. Double-sided adhesives for medium surface energy (MSE) or LSE substrates are formulated for robust performance even on complex contours and difficult automotive surfaces.
3M is constantly working to meet the evolving challenges of automotive OEM and Tier suppliers worldwide. If you need help finding an existing solution or would like to talk about specific ideas you’re working on, get in touch with us.
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