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Glacier Pac - Acrylic Tape vs Hot Melt Tape

Hot Melt Carton Sealing Tape Characteristics:


Hot melt tapes exhibit a significantly higher adhesion in comparison to an acrylic tape. They possess superior holding power (referred to as shear value) and tensile strength, with quick tack. A hot melt tape is ideal for applications involving machine applied tapes,overstuffed cartons, or cartons with a high degree of recycled content. They perform well in temperatures ranging from 45F to 120F.

  • Can be purchased in hand grade carton sealing rolls as well as machine grade rolls
  • Provides easy unwind, consistent and reliable seals
  • Available in clear, tan and colored rolls; sold in case quantity.
  • Examples of usage: shipping, storage, carton sealing/carton closing, boxes with high recycled content

    Acrylic Adhesive Tape Characteristics:

    Acrylic packing tapes, on the other hand, offer a wider temperature range than that of the hot melt tapes, ranging from 32F to 140. An acrylic carton sealing tape is ideal for applications that involve low and/or high humidity conditions. Acrylic tapes also have a stronger resistance to oxidation, allowing it to to be uninfluenced by exposure to sunlight.


    • Can be purchased in hand grade carton sealing rolls
    • Oftentimes considered a more economy grade packaging tape
    • Available in clear, tan, and colored rolls; sold by case quantity
    • Examples of usage: Long-term storage in varying temperatures, lightweight carton sealing/carton closing

      Comparison Summary

      • Hot melt tapes offer exceptional adhesion strength, flexibility, and performs well in varying applications.
      • Acrylic tapes are ideal for packaging applications involving extreme temperatures, such as refrigeration, and for sealing boxes that will be warehoused over a long period of time.
      • Hot melt tapes can yellow with age, whereas an acrylic tape is less likely to yellow over time.
      • Machine grade hot melt tapes generally perform more reliably than machine grade acrylic tapes.
      • Both acrylic packaging tape and hot melt carton sealing tapes are comparable in price, offering both premium and economical grades.


        Hot Melt vs Acrylic