How to Apply Red and White 3M™ Conspicuity Series 913 Tape

How to Apply Red and White 3M™ Conspicuity Series 913 Tape


3M Flexible Conspicuity Tape, series 913, is
a versatile product used for increasing the nighttime visibility of trucks, trailers and
other roadway equipment. Series 913 meets the requirements of FMVSS108,
the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for motor vehicles. It can also be used to mark vehicles and equipment
not subject to the standard to increase visibility and safety. A few common tools are needed to apply 3M
Conspicuity tape. A scissors or utility knife with a sharp blade
for cutting. A squeegee or roller to apply pressure across
the surface of the tape. The 3M PA-1 with SA-1 low friction sleeve
is recommended. If you are going over rivets, cut around the
rivet or use a rivet punch. For optimum adhesion and durability, apply
3M Conspicuity tape at 35 degrees Fahrenheit or above for both the ambient temperature
and substrate. Series 913 is very flexible, so it can easily
wrap around corners and curves to fit the configuration of many types of vehicles. However, the tape is NOT extensible, so it
will not work on compound curves. You cannot stretch the tape to eliminate wrinkles
during application. Isopropyl alcohol and a clean cloth are recommended
for cleaning the surface. If you use a detergent wash to clean the application
area, it is essential to flush the washed area with
plain clean water and dry the surface afterwards,
as a soap film left behind can inhibit adhesion. Begin by cleaning all areas where the tape
will be applied. Dirt, oil, and other surface contamination
will prevent adhesive from working properly. Peel the film from the liner and position
tape. A critical aspect of applying long lines from
a roll is getting the tape started in a straight line. As you work along the length of the tape, remove short sections from the liner and then
with slight tension and keeping the tape in a straight line, press the tape down with
a your hand. Cut the tape with a utility knife or scissors If there are hinges, latches or other hardware, cut the tape about 1/8 inch back to avoid
any buckling. Pre-cut strips may be available from your
supplier. Otherwise, you can cut strips with a scissors. For a uniform appearance, layout markings
and spacing on the vehicle in advance. If you are marking a truck or trailer to comply
with FMVSS108, be sure to check the regulation and ensure you apply the tape in the proper
quantities and locations. Cutting around rivets can be done with a utility
knife, but a rivet cutting tool is best. Go back over the tape with a squeegee, or
roller to activate the adhesive. If you are using your hand make sure press
across the entire surface area of the tape.

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