Tape vs. paint for industrial floor marking.

February 9, 2017 Onur Kartallioglu

industrial floor marking

Floor and lane marking is a crucial safety measure in facilities of all types, including industrial and commercial operations.

Traditionally, facilities use paint for lane and industrial floor marking. But applying paint can be time consuming, and the finished product wears easily and is difficult to change.

Today’s fast-paced work environment demands a marking option that is more durable and efficient. Vinyl tape, like 3M™ Vinyl Tape 471, can provide a much-needed alternative.

using tape for industrial floor marking

Four reasons to choose vinyl tape over paint for industrial floor marking

  1. Quick installation and removal: Paint requires time to dry, which can prolong downtime for maintenance operations. If you need to remove it, the process is very time and labour intensive. Tape, on the other hand, can be applied quickly with no wait time, and removed cleanly from many surfaces with minimal clean-up costs.
  2. Scratch resistant: In high traffic areas, it’s not uncommon for paint to fade or scratch. This forces you to schedule regular down-time for touch-ups. Tapes like 3M™ Vinyl Tape 471 are designed with a pigmented backing that maintains vivid colours, even when exposed to heavy abrasion, to prolong the life of the marking.
  3. No solvents: Paint applications often include solvents, with fumes that need to be vented from open areas. These fumes can have a negative impact on the physical and overall well-being of the workers in the facility. Using tape for lane marking instead eliminates this issue entirely.
  4. Instant stripes: Creating patterns and multi-colour markings, like hazard markings, takes extra time and effort with paint. Many vinyl tapes come pre-printed with hazard markings, such as 3M™ Safety Stripe Tape 5700 and 3M™ Safety Stripe Tape 5702, helping you install critical safety features quickly and easily.

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About the Author

Onur Kartallioglu

[enBio=Onur is a seasoned manufacturing technology expert, with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Onur works with channel partners and end-user customers to help them maximize the benefit they gain from using 3M’s tape technology. Prior to joining 3M Canada, Onur worked in the 3M Turkey lab.],[enJob=Senior Application Development Engineer, Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division, 3M Canada],[frBio=Onur est un expert chevronné en technologie de la fabrication qui compte plus de 10 ans d’expérience dans l’industrie. Onur travaille avec des partenaires de réseau et des clients utilisateurs finaux pour les aider à maximiser les avantages qu’ils retirent de la technologie des rubans de 3M. Avant de se joindre à 3M Canada, Onur travaillait au laboratoire de 3M en Turquie.],[frJob=ingénieur principal en mise au point d’application, Division des adhésifs et des rubans industriels, 3M Canada]

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