A must for the tool bag/kit for all off roaders and adventure folk alike. This silicone emergency tape is a modern material marvel with fantastic applications and properties that can really get you out of the muck if the shité hits the fan when you are out on the trails.
Rescue Tape is made of high quality silicone rubber, the special formula gives the tape an outstanding and unique capability. It is non-adhesive or sticky to the touch and only bonds to itself. It is mouldable to irregular shapes and forms a permanent air-tight & water-tight seals in seconds. It is used to rescue and repair for fluid hoses, class H electrical insulation! It resists to weathering, salt water, UV rays, fuels, oils, acids, solvents, road salt and abrasion. It has a long life for outdoor use too. Shelf life if stored correctly is 2/3 years.
Rescue tape is fully self fusing, it has a tensile strength of 950 psi, can withstand up to 500˚ of heat, electrically insulates 8,000 volts per layer and remains flexible down to -60˚C in the extreme cold. With these characteristics you can repair radiator hoses, seal electrics, plug damaged fuel lines and even make gaskets or 0 rings, can you afford not to carry a roll in the truck?
The tape is available in a good selection of colours and cost is around £8 per roll, available online or from good motoring or marine retailers.
Here are a few other uses for the tape …
• Keep it on board vehicles & equipment for emergency hose repair!
• Seal leaky hoses, pipes, tubing, lines, & fittings.
• Wrap tools and handles for a non-slip grip.
• Wrap wiring harnesses and custom split-looming.
• Waterproof electrical connections and terminals.
• Use it as an emergency fan belt!
• Make emergency O-Rings.
• Wrap hydraulic fittings and other exposed metal connections to help prevent corrosion.
• Works even over wet, dirty, or oily surfaces!
• Use it as a tourniquet or emergency wrap over bleeding injuries.
• Wrap it around “ANYTHING” that you want secure, and it will never leave any sticky residue.
Directions for applications.
Wrap around the object by stretching and overlapping onto itself by at least 30% elongation. For high pressure leaks, stretch to maximum, The tighter wrapped, the quicker and stronger bonds.
Continue wrapping around object by overlapping 50% onto itself so that half the width is covered with the next wrap. The first and last wrap should completely overlap onto the previous wrap for a complete bond.
Additional layers may be necessary, and the same process should be used over the previous layers. It works on either side. Additional silicone tape can be applied over project at any time in the future.
For high pressure leaks, additional wrapping may be required. Most hose repairs can be repaired with 3-5 layers in thickness, and wrapping 3 to 5 inches in each direction away from the leak; however, additional strength can be added simply by wrapping more silicone tape.
For electrical wiring, it is not necessary to stretch tightly. In fact, it will be more resilient to abrasion when it is not stretched as tightly.
Be aware, the tape is self-fusing within seconds. It works on both sides.
The PET film is to separate the silicone tape to avoid self-bonding before application.
When overlap the tape, make sure there’s no dust, oil, water or chemical between different layers of the tape itself. However, it does not matter whether the surface or project to be wrapped over is clean or dirty.
For longer shelf life, please keep the tape in sealed conditions, particularly away from moisture, dirt, air, extreme heat and extreme light. Stored correctly, 2 years + is guaranteed.
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