Three Types, Each Available in 3 "Strengths"
3M Dual Lock Reclosable Fasteners offer advanced closure alternatives to zippers, screws, snaps, hooks, bolts, and more, on items that require periodic opening and closing.
The Dual Lock system consists of continuous strips of plastic mushrooms protruding up from a backing which is typically coated with a high strength pressure sensitive adhesive covered with a peel-off liner.
When 2 strips are pressed together, the mushroom heads interlock, forming a releasable mechanical bond.
There are three types of these fasteners 170, 250, and 400 referring to the approximate number of mushrooms per square inch.
They can be mated in the following combinations of increasing closure strength Type 170 to Type 250, Type 250 to Type 250, Type 170 to Type 400, and Type 250 to Type 400. (Type 170 will not stick to itself, and Type 400 to Type 400 is essentially a permanent bond.)
Note that unlike Hook & Loop Fastenings, there is no "male" or "female" side.
Both sides are identical; but, as noted above, different types can be mixed.
No dirt catching fuzz, like hook and loop closure systems
Can be opened and closed hundreds of times
High strength pressure sensitive adhesive is either general purpose, or specialized for difficult to adhere to plastics
Series with no adhesive backing, and those with acryilic adhesive backing can tolerate temperatures as high as 200F
Color in table is fastener color/foam backing color
Clear fastener/backing combination allows for substrate color to show through the fastener
Engaged thickness is approximately 1/4"
is available in all 3 types and has a conformable backing with a black rubber-based low surface energy adhesive - good for difficult to adhere to plastics
is available in all 3 types and has a black high strength general purpose acrylic adhesive - good for textured and high surface energy (adhesive friendly) surfaces
is available in all 3 types and has a clear, very high bond general purpose acrylic adhesive, and has the best UV resistance - good for medium and high surface energy surfaces
is available in all 3 types (although we list only the Type 250), and has a non-adhesive, non-woven backing for user supplied adhesives. Use it where the normal pressure sensitive adhesive backing on these tapes is inappropriate