The Facts

Adhesion: Hot melt tape wins when it comes to adhesion strength. It has significantly higher adhesion as compared to acrylic tape on most surfaces including fiberboard.

Shear Value: Hot Melt Tape has a very strong holding power and is more flexible, performs better under constant stress.

Price: Both hot melt tape and acrylic tape are comparable in price, offering both economy and premium options.

Temperature: Both Hot Melt Tape and Acrylic Tape function in hot and cold temperatures. Acrylic Tape works better in extremely cold temperatures and is great for refrigerated or frozen storage units.

Look: Hot melt tape comes in a variety of colors and may yellow over time. Acrylic tape is less likely to oxidize nor does it yellow with age or sunlight.

Best Use: Hot melt tape is ideal for shipping boxes due to its superior holding and will ensure that the box stays sealed. For boxes that will be kept in storage for long periods of time, acrylic tape can maintain its seal for more than three years and is more resistant to temperature extremes occurring in non-conditioned storage space.

Application: Both hot melt tape and acrylic tape can be hand or machine applied, but typically the hot melt works better on the machine.

Take a look at our emo of hot melt tape versus acrylic.

Overall, when it comes to deciding between hot melt tape and acrylic tape for sealing a package, hot melt tape does a better job in most applications. Acrylic is good for long-term storage in extreme temperatures. Hot melt tape provides a stronger bond, adheres more quickly, and takes less time to apply. Contact IPC today and begin your savings with the right tape for your product.


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