April 7, 2017

Best of Off-Label Uses Part 3

Because you love sending us examples of the many creative and improvisational ways you end up using our handy high performance materials, this is a continuing series . See Part 1 and Part 2 of The Best of Off-Label Uses, and keep your images coming through on twitter, facebook, or instagram #OffLabelUses.

Vehicles of all types have become a recurring theme:


A nice German delivery truck deserves a nice German tape. In this case EXTOSEAL FINOC.

Finoc_Van_combined


Now here’s a pretty tape job! Score.

Vana_car


Ah…. here’s our favorite transportation mode. Glad we can be of assistance.

475_Bike_seat

On to houseware and personal effects

Hey, when you gotta stay dry… Tescon Vana’s a good choice

Vana_laptop


Hopefully now that couch is going to last another 50 years.

Vana_couch


A boot! (Not mocking the Canadian accent, just remarking about this well-patched footwear.)

Boot_Robert Grindrod


On the job…

 

When your glass door shatters, you still need a good air barrier.

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For the theatre crowd, hey look: it’s New York’s very own Joe’s Pub sealing up an old, leaky accordion with TESCON INVIS. It’s Gaffer’s tape you use when you never want to remove the tape ever again. 

Invis_accordion_3


Wait… is that a… PRESSFIX acting as a shim beneath a big beam? Why yes it is. VERY OFF-LABEL, IN FACT OFF THE ROCKER.

Pressfix_Shim


And finally we have. Um… It’s ah….. Well, I’ll just let them tell you (see quote below)

Under a microscope

Under a microscope 2

 

I finally got a chance to look at your sealing tape with our microscope that see things that scatter light (like fog) and things that are fluorescent (like the blacklight posters of our misbegotten youth).  It also looks at only one XY plane at at time, but by changing focus position one can get the equivalent of an XY and Z image.  Green is the scatter and red is the fluorescences.   There’s approximately 700 micron across (1 million microns per meter) sized divots spread across the tape.  In uncompressed tape they kind of look like little bubbles, with a high scattering cap at the bottom.  In compressed tape they look much more disorganized and the walls sometime have flattened to the glass slide they’re taped too.  In each image, the large panel is looking down on the tape from above, but only seeing the plane indicated by the green line in the side panels.  Each side panel is the cross-section along one of the X or Y lines (in yellow) in the central panel.

I’m surprised how not tacky the tape is until its compressed.  Being a kayaker and always looking for better ways to repair holes in boats on the water I actually compressed a piece against a clear plastic dish while it was under water and it stuck like crazy.   

That’s it for now!
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