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Tips for Using a Tape Runner

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Use these free craft ideas from Maria Nerius to find our why your tape runner isn't working in tip top shape. These tips for using a tape runner are simple and effective.

A tape runner is a hand held device that ranges in size from fitting completely in the palm of your hand to a large tool gripped in the hand. It releases a continuous line of double sided adhesive starting when you press the tip to surface and stopping when you lift it from the surface.

  • Tape runners work best with smooth surfaces. They tend to break the continuous thread of adhesive if rolled over lumpy, bumpy surfaces.
     
  • Most tape runners bond light weight items. Heavy items should be tested for secure bonding.
     
  • You can get one use only models or refillable tape runners. Tape runners and adhesive do vary in price so shop around.
     
  • Tape runners come in both permanent and temporary bonding. You’ll also find some tape runners adhesive is clear, colored, solid, or in rows of dots.
     
  • Place tip of tape runner onto surface and firmly press down. You don’t have to smash it down, just make sure you apply even pressure. Roll the adhesive as needed, then stop and lift tape runner from surface. Pushing down too hard can break the tape runner (or the refill part of the tool).
     
  • If you break the tape runner you can still use the adhesive by pulling the adhesive out of the tape runner, but it’s not fun! If a tape runner breaks under normal use, take it back or contact the manufacturer.
     
  • Keep the area around the tip clean and free of adhesive and dirt.
     
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