April 29, 2012
Self amalgamating tape vs silicone tape comparison - What is the
difference? The simple answer is, the material. Self
amalgamating tape refers to a rubber tape, while silicone is a very
different material and has different characteristics, and often
these different tapes are mistakenly lumped together and all
referred to as self-amalgamating tapes.
Self Amalgamating tape is typically made from EPR rubber, EPDM
rubber, butyl rubber or PIB (polyisobutylene). Silicone Tapes
are made from a silicone elastomer, which although is referred to
as "silicone rubber" contains no actual rubber. When
"amalgamating" is used as a description to mean "uniting as one"
then of course you could call either rubber or silicone tapes
"amalgamating" tapes. But the industry term for amalgamating
specifically refers to rubber amalgamating tapes, and not silicone
Rubber self amalgamating tape is usually heat resistant to
130C, while silicone tape is heat resistant to 260C. Silicone
tape also ...