What is water activated tape?

Water activated tape, also known as gummed tape or kraft paper tape, is a type of adhesive tape that uses water to activate its adhesive. Unlike other types of tape, such as masking tape or duct tape, water activated tape does not have an adhesive backing. Instead, the adhesive is on the tape itself and is activated by water, creating a strong bond. This type of tape is made from paper or kraft paper, and has a water-soluble adhesive such as starch or dextrin.

Water activated tape is often used for packaging and shipping, as it provides a strong, tamper-evident seal for boxes and envelopes. It is also commonly used in industrial settings, such as in construction, manufacturing, and warehousing. The tape is also known for being eco-friendly as it is made of natural materials, and is recyclable.

This type of tape is applied using a water activated tape dispenser, which moistens the adhesive on the tape prior to application. This allows the adhesive to activate and create a strong bond to the surface it is applied to. The dispenser also has a built-in cutter to make cutting the tape to the right length easy.

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