DPM tape is self-adhesive tape to protect surfaces from scratches and damage. It can also cover up existing scratches and marks on surfaces. The tape is available in various colors, including black, white, and transparent.
One of the most common materials to which DPM tape is applied is glass. The tape helps create a safe glass surface for dining and uses touch screens to protect those surfaces from scratches.
In addition, you can apply DPM tape to other types of surfaces to make them less slippery and more comfortable to use. For example, many athletes apply the tape to their grip and racquet handles before playing tennis or racquetball.
As an alternative to standard masking tape, DPM tape has a high adhesive strength that makes it difficult to remove once applied. This adhesiveness makes it necessary for one’s hands and surrounding area to be clean when applying the tape so as not to get anything stuck on the tape.
Where standard masking tape might yellow over time, DPM tape is designed not to fade or discolor on its own—it can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth and applied again if need be.
If you’ve recently scratched your dining table or any other surface you plan on protecting with a layer of DPM tape, a good first step before applying the tape is to clean off the existing scratch. It’s recommended that you use an auto polish cleaner as these tend to come into contact with products specifically designed for use on cars and motorcycles.
You want to make sure that there isn’t anything caked on the area where the scratch was, as this could make the removal of the protective film more difficult later on – so try to remove all of the dirt and dust from the area beforehand.
Once you have a clean surface to work on, you can go ahead and apply your DPM tape. Many people choose to cut their tape into a shape that fits the scratch or mark on the surface. Start with a small piece of tape and gradually add more pieces until you reach the desired size; ensure that each consecutive piece overlaps slightly with its neighboring piece(s).
If there’s still some residual friction between what’s left of the scratch itself and your protective layer, consider using clear nail polish to seal in any tiny pieces of fabric that may be poking out near the surface. Similarly, if any air bubbles form, use a pin to puncture them and allow the air to escape.
When applying your DPM tape, you want to ensure that each piece is perfectly aligned with its surrounding surface. If there’s a noticeable layer of dust or other particles in the surrounding area that could cause the tape not to stick properly, consider cleaning off those particles first before attempting to apply your protective film. Wipe away any particles from the surrounding area and then try applying your protective film again – it should adhere more strongly this time around.
Consider using DPM tape if you want an easy way to help protect your glass tabletop, metal racquet handle, and wood floor. It’s available in different colors and is generally low-cost as well, making it a practical option for anyone looking for a quick fix.