Pros: works really well, not too expensive, easy to work with, many surfaces apply
Cons: have to be careful when putting it on poster
Sometimes using normal tape just isnt going to get the job done, but you still want to be able to hang posters and other items without having ugly edges or marks. When it comes to hanging items such as posters, signs, and plastic sign holders for doors, you dont always want to use screws or other damaging tools, and that is where poster tape comes in to play. The Scotch company, and more specifically their 3M stationary products division, produces and sells a great poster tape for walls in the home or office. This poster tape is designed to not only hold your item in place, but to be removable from your surfaces when you are finished with it. It does this by being sticky on both sides, so that it will attach to both the item and the surface, and takes the place of a normal everyday tape. I think that one of the main selling points of an item like this, is that it makes the tape transparent to the naked eye, and if you are placing it on the back of something, it is never seen by people coming into the room.
The Scotch Poster Tape Is sold on a small spool exactly like normal scotch tape is sold. It comes on a nice little dispenser that has red colored wrapping to denote that this is a special kind of tape. On that paraphernalia, they spell out that this is indeed the poster tape, and it big letters denote that it is of course removable. The dispenser differs slightly from normal Scotch dispensers, in that the tape is covered on one side with a nice protective paper. This paper keeps the adhesive properties of the tape intact, and is only removed once you are ready to put the tape into use. The other noticeable difference with this dispenser, is that the teeth with which the tape is torn off the roll are sharper than you would normally see. This is because the tape and the paper together presents a thicker subject, and thus you need something sharper to tear through it with ease. Using the dispenser, it is very easy to unroll the spool of tape, and just as easy to tear off a usable piece on the teeth. When you have an adequate amount taken off of the dispenser, you just apply it to the back of the object that you want to put up. For instance if you are hanging a poster with the tape, just pick a corner of it, and apply the tape to the backside. I think the best way to do it is to flip the poster over, and place it on a hard surface, so that when you are applying the tape you arent risking damage to the poster with folds or bends.
When the piece of tape has been applied to the poster, you want to insure that it is fully applied by smoothing it out with your fingers. When that is assured, you then peal the paper off the back side of the tape to reveal the second side. This is the side that you will be attaching to your surface, and be careful, because the tape is quite sticky and will get stuck on anything. Removing the tape is very easy if that does occur, but it is not really reusable tape, so if you get anything on it, you will probably need to tear off a second piece to insure the best results. Also, it is important to keep in mind that when they say removable, they are talking about removing it from the surface that you are hanging something on. There is a very high risk that the tape will hurt a poster or paper if you are trying to remove it from that, because the tape is created in a fashion so that it wont come off easily. So, my advice is to be very careful when you are putting the tape on your posters, because you probably wont get a second chance to adjust it once it is on there. This isnt the end of the world though, because you can always just put a second piece of tape on the back, or a reapply the paper to that piece that you no longer want to use. Either way you look at it though, you know that the tape is going to do a tremendous job when you get it up on the wall. The tape will also hold up to ? pound of weight, with dispersal of the weigh being a key ingredient. That means that if you are hanging a large poster, you want to make sure you have pieces of the tape in different spots on the back to present a larger surface area on which the product can work.
The Scotch Mounting Poster Tape can be used on just about any poster, photo, or other lightweight item that you can think of, without causing any damage to your typical wall. This means you dont have to worry about just what type of surface you are working with. They do however list the best surfaces as wood, ceramic tile, gloss and semi-gloss painted walls, concrete, glass, and refrigerators. They also list several places where you should not use the tape, and that list includes: wallpaper, delicate surfaces, and flat painted walls. Attached to that is a warning that attempts to remove tape from the posters themselves could lead to damage of the poster. The dispenser for the removable tape comes with 150 inches of 3.4 inch wide tape. That measures out to 4.16 yards of tape according to the packaging, and it all fits nicely on the spool. It is a fair amount of tape for the $2.89 that we paid for it. The tape works great, and as long as you use it in the correct fashion, I think the end result is always going to be satisfactory. This was purchased at Office Depot, where they sell many different variations of the 3M Scotch Tape, and as I noted earlier the Removable Poster Tape has the red colored dispenser. For its use, this is a great product, and one which I can easily recommend to others.