GO Thread Seal Tape Range (White, Yellow and Pink Tape Options)

SKU: TAPEW12

$5
Colour: White
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GO Thread Seal Tape Range (White, Yellow and Pink Tape Options)

  • Choice of:
  1. White - 12mm Wide x 10m Roll - General
  2. Pink - 12mm Wide x 10m Roll - Hydrocarbons
  3. Yellow - 12mm Wide x 10m Roll - for use with Natural Gas

Thread seal tape (also known as PTFE tape or plumber's tape) is a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) film for use in sealing pipe threads. The tape is sold cut to specific widths and wound on a spool, making it easy to wind around pipe threads.

It is also known by the genericised trade-name Teflon tape; while Teflon is in fact identical to PTFE, Chemours (the trade-mark holders) consider this usage incorrect, especially as they no longer manufacture Teflon in tape form.  

Thread seal tape lubricates allowing for a deeper seating of the threads, and it helps prevent the threads from seizing when being unscrewed.  The tape also works as a deformable filler and thread lubricant, helping to seal the joint without hardening or making it more difficult to tighten, and instead making it easier to tighten.

Typically the tape is wrapped around a pipe's thread three times before it is screwed into place. It is commonly used commercially in applications including pressurised water systems, central heating systems, and air compression equipment.

Thread Seal Tape Uses

Thread tape is appropriate for use on tapered threads, where the sealing force is a wedge action. Parallel threads may not seal effectively with or without tape, as they are intended to be sealed by a gasket.

Thread sealing tape is almost entirely applied by hand, although at least one machine is available for production wrapping of fittings.

Thread Seal Tape Hazards

Overuse or misapplication of thread tape may be a hazard. Excess application of PTFE tape can prevent mating threads from fully engaging, reducing the shear point of the threads. Combining thread-seal tape with a pipe dope compound can also overload threads. Also, internal overhangs of loose material may constrict a joint or slough off and form a foreign body that could jam a valve seat. Therefore, use of PTFE tape as a thread sealant is generally not considered appropriate in fluid power (hydraulic) systems.

 

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