Top sheet protection tape for ski/snowboard & sports boards manufacturing


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When do you need surface protection?

For years ski/snowboards brands try to distinguish themselves for the competition with the most amazing graphics. This has reached a level that the sports boards are nothing short than pieces of art. Performance of the boards is leading, however dazzling graphics is a very close second.

During the fabrication process of the boards, the graphics and delicate surfaces need to be protected against high temperatures, and rough handling. This to prevent scratches, dents, dust, stains, moisture on the surface. With the ever changing printing technologies and improving top and bottom sheet materials and finishes, so do the requirements for protective tapes.

ABI Tape has over 30 years of experience in surface protection solutions. Our partnership with SWS (Sideway Sports) in Dubai, UAE has been key to allow our protective solutions to evolve along with the changes in the industry. We are proud to state that we have good reputation in servicing the leading manufacturers in the ski, snowboard and sports boards industry for all production stages. And with SWS we are well positioned for the years to come.

Protective Tape in Action

Manufacturers and the brands of ski/snowboards and sports boards want to guarantee the high quality of these graphics until they are delivered to the shops. They rely on protective films to deliver a perfect product.

  1. Top sheets and bases are cut to size and printed
  2. Printed sheets are laminated with our protective tape
  3. Laminated printed sheets sandwich the other board components to a complete board package
  4. The board package is compression molded and cured under high temperature into one product
  5. The protective film is removed and the board receives its finishing touches
  6. The board is packed, delivered to the shop and the graphics ready to shine
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ABI Tape brands for protection

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Protectrite®

A worldwide trusted brand of surface protection products.

The 7 benefits of ProtectRite for ski/snowboard/sports board industry

  1. Embossed finish of the backing allows for easy unwind, flawless lamination onto sheets and they are dimensionally stable and moisture resistant;
  2. Transparent, rigid and tension controlled polypropylene backing, so no deforming, curling or folds during or after lamination;
  3. No harmful solvents in the adhesive formula to interfere with the graphic chemistry;
  4. Adhesive is rubber based so high initial tack and no delamination;
  5. Polypropylene backing + rubber adhesive combination allow for curing temperatures up to 130°C;
  6. Clean room quality coating so no harmful particles in the tape that could create dents or other damages to the board;
  7. Adhesion: the sensitive balance between sufficient bonding during production process and easy removing (without adhesive residue) thereafter.

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What is the right protective tape for your board

To determine which protective tape to use for what printed sheet, depends on the make-up of the substrate (top sheet and base) material and surface finish. Of the two, the surface finish is leading.
SheetMaterialFinishProduct#
BaseTPU/PMMAmatte1510
Top sheetTPU/PMMAmatte1510
Top sheetTPU/PMMAglossy1510
Top sheetNylonstructured glossy1510
Top sheetModified polyamidestructured glossy1624
BackingAdhesivePeel adhesion 90° (N/25 mm)Thickness (in µm)Coat WeightProduct#
embossed PPrubber2,31071510
embossed PPrubber1624

Topsheet finish and choice of protective tape - explained

Need a surface protection product/solution?

Need a multi-purpose or a specialty tape - ABI Tape has the right product. Review our portfolio.
 

So Why Choose ABI Tape’s ProtectRite as Ski Protection Tape

REPUTATION

  • ABI Tape has over 30 years of experience in surface protection solutions. We service the leading manufacturers in the ski, snowboard and sports boards industry.

PERFORMANCE

  • Transparent, rigid and tension controlled polypropylene backing with rubber adhesive. This combi allows for lay-flat and moulding curing temperatures up to 130°C.

EXCELLENT PRICE VALUE

  • Performance is leading in a product comparison. Once these are comparable, price consideration is next. Dare to compare and experience our excellent price value.

PRO-ACTIVE PARTNERSHIP

  • To stay abreast with changes in the industry, does not happen in our lab, but on site. Proactive partner engagement yields successful and lasting solutions.

Overview of abi tape protective products for ski and snowboard

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FAQS

Why does ABI Tape recommend to also protect the base sheet?

During the compression moulding process there, epoxy may seep out on the side of the board. If the base sheet is unprotected, the epoxy may seep onto the base. When the base is sealed with our ProtectRite product, epoxy will end up on the tape rather than the base sheet. The cost to clean the base sheet outweighs the cost to seal.

What is the difference between Scapa 1284 and ProtectRite 1510?

In performance there is not much of a difference: similar adhesion, elongation and able withstand curing temperatures up to 130°C.
Also in terms of properties, the tapes are very similar. Both backings are polypropylene coated with a rubber adhesive system. The total thickness is comparable 133 µm for Scapa’s 1284 vs 110 µm for ProtectRite 1510.  
The major difference is in the price. The price value of the 1510 is better than Scapa’s 1284. Please dare to compare.

What is the difference between Scapa 1285 and ProtectRite 1624?

In performance there is not much of a difference: similar adhesion, elongation and able withstand curing temperatures up to 130°C
Also in terms of properties, the tapes are very similar. Both backings are polypropylene coated with a rubber adhesive system. The total thickness is comparable 133 µm for Scapa’s 1285 vs 110 µm for ProtectRite 1624.  
The major difference is in the price. The price value of the 1624 is better than Scapa’s 1285. Please dare to compare.