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3M F-9473-PC VHB Transfer Tape

3M F-9473-PC VHB Transfer Tape
Code: 3M F-9473-PC / Category: VHB Foam Tapes

Features

  • High Bond Strength: Provides a strong, durable bond to a variety of surfaces, including metals, glass, and high surface energy (HSE) plastics.
  • Transparent Appearance: The transparent appearance allows for discreet bonding and is often chosen for applications where aesthetics are important.
  • Temperature Resistance: Designed to perform in a wide range of temperatures. It can withstand high temperatures, making it suitable for applications involving heat exposure.
  • Thin Profile: The thin profile of the transfer tape allows for precise bonding without adding significant thickness.
  • Convenient Application: The tape is supplied on a liner for easy handling and application, making it suitable for automated processes.
  • Viscoelastic Properties: The tape's viscoelasticity allows it to absorb shock and distribute stress, improving the durability of the bond.

Typical Applications

  • Electronics: Bonding electronic components and assemblies, where reliable bonding and temperature resistance are essential.
  • Automotive: Bonding trim, emblems, and other automotive components where a transparent bond is desired.
  • Displays: Bonding transparent elements in displays and signage, maintaining a clear appearance.
  • Graphics: Mounting graphics and signage, where a transparent bond is preferred to maintain the appearance of the substrate.
  • Industrial: Bonding transparent materials in various industrial applications, including panel bonding and assembly.

Specifications

  • Appearance: Transparent
  • Thickness: Typically around 0.25 mm (10 mils)
  • Temperature Resistance: Up to 150°C (302°F) for long-term exposure, short-term spikes up to 200°C (392°F)
  • Adhesive Type: Modified Acrylic
  • Liner: Usually comes with a red polyethylene liner for easy handling and application

Usage Instructions

  1. Surface Preparation: Clean surfaces thoroughly to remove any dust, grease, or contaminants. Use isopropyl alcohol or a suitable surface cleaner.
  2. Application:
    1. Cut the tape to the desired length.
    2. Peel back the liner to expose the adhesive.
    3. Apply the tape to one surface, pressing firmly to ensure good contact.
    4. Remove the liner and apply the second substrate, using pressure to secure the bond.
  3. Curing Time: While the tape provides high initial tack, the bond strength increases over time. Full bond strength is typically achieved after 72 hours.

Storage and Handling

  • Store the tape in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Maintain storage temperature between 16°C to 27°C (60°F to 80°F) for optimal performance.

Safety Considerations

  • When applying the tape in high-temperature environments or using it in applications involving exposure to chemicals, follow all safety guidelines and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Conclusion

The 3M F-9473-PC VHB Transfer Tape is an excellent choice for applications requiring strong, transparent bonds with a thin profile. Its high temperature resistance, ease of application, and viscoelastic properties make it suitable for a wide range of industries, including electronics, automotive, displays, graphics, and industrial applications.