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Durable

With over 25 years in the industry, 3M™ VHB™ Tapes provide excellent durability and performance outputs for demanding applications, which is demonstrated in the accelerated test.

The durability of 3M™ VHB™ Tapes for Outdoor Weathering decks have been tested in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. The tests indicate that there was 100 % retention of bond strength to substrates such as aluminum, glass, PVC and painted metal even after 2 to 5 years of aging cycles in the hot and humid climate of Florida, the hot, dry and sunny climate of Arizona and the extreme hot and cold condition of Minnesota.

For further information on the test results for moisture resistance, UL durability, accelerated weathering, outdoor weathering, thermal cycling and fatigue resistance, view the 3M Technical Bulletin "3M™ VHB™ Tapes Durability" (PDF, 1.8 MB) page.

Durable

From stainless steel scuff strips to aluminum wing flaps, 3M™ VHB™ Tapes provide excellent adhesion on commercial aircrafts, since 1984. These panels prevent abrasion and chafing between the flap & the underside of the wing during take offs, landings and in-flight vibration. Here, durability is the key as the bond is subject to high temperatures on the ground and high altitudes at -65 F (-54 C). In addition, this cycle is repeated several times in a day indicating that 3M VHB Tapes last longer even in extreme conditions.

Installed in 1987, 3M™ VHB™ Tapes hold the mirrored ceiling panels in the United Terminal in Chicago O'Hare Airport.

3M™ VHB™ Tapes is most commonly used on ambulance bodies - one of the oldest and most visible applications for these tapes, since 1980. The aluminum panels of the ambulance are bonded to the frame with 3M™ VHB™ Tapes. These applications require high durability as they are installed on demanding conditions like rugged vehicles that are in service for many years.

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