FASTENation® FAQ

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General Fastener Inquiries

What's the difference between the hook & loop tape?

The hook side is the rough or hard side and is often referred to as the "male", "hard", or "bristly" side.  The loop side is the soft or fuzzy side and often referred to as the "female", "plush", or "pile" side.  Although there are many types of hook & loop tapes, the end use of the product will help determine which fastener is best for your project needs.  Give us a call and our experts we will be happy to assist you.

How do we order VELCRO® Brand Fasteners?

Hook and loop fasteners are sold on separate rolls, each with 25 yards. Pricing in our sales brochure is per yard. If your project calls for only hook or loop it can be purchased separately.  Hook and loop is also available as pre-cut coins/circles.  Hook or loop coins are sold on separate rolls and are available in a variety of diameters and adhesives.

Diameter / Size Quantity Per Roll
3/8" 1800
1/2" 1440
5/8" 1200
3/4" 1028
7/8" 900
1 3/8" 600
1 7/8" 450

What if my project calls for a specific size of hook or loop?

FASTENation, Inc. will be happy to cut any width material to your exact measurements. If the hook & loop materials are to be cut to the same size, we can cut and mate the two together to assist in decreasing assembly time. The yield for cut pieces is equivalent to a full roll of material (25 yds = 900 inches) divided by the length you specify (for standard straight cut pieces only). We are able to custom die cut special shapes and/or sizes to your exact specifications.

How do we decide which adhesive will work best for our project?

Pressure Sensitive (peel & stick) material is available with many different adhesives. Here's a quick summary of VELCRO® Brand adhesives: 0172 Adhesive is an acrylic based adhesive that works well with most substrates (surfaces).  It reaches its full bonding strength (curing time) 24 hours after it has been applied. 0115 Adhesive is a rubber based adhesive that is recommended when polyethylene or polypropylene is the substrate material the hook or loop tape is being applied to. It offers a high initial tack and relatively quick cure time. It reaches 80% of its strength after 1 hour, and full curing occurs after 24 hours. There is also a special adhesive known as 0175 that is specially formulated for a vinyl substrate. An adhesive guide and substrate list can be found on page 16-22 of our product catalog. Certain VELCRO® Brand products are only available with a specific adhesive. We will be happy to give a more detailed explanation about any of these adhesives.

Are there standard size straps or can I order the exact size I need?

Yes & Yes! VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® straps are available in 8 colors and 8 sizes.VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® material is a "back-to-back" material, meaning it has hook on one side and loop on the other so that it wraps back onto itself. This material is also available as a tape (25 yards/roll) or it can be ordered perforated on a roll.

Custom straps are available using standard hook & loop material that is then ultrasonically welded to create a variety of styles. These straps can be custom made to your exact requirements. Some of the options available are: length, width, plastic, or metal buckles, printing, grommets along with other special features. We will gladly send you a free strap sample kit to assist you in determining exactly what you need.

How quickly will a quotation request be answered?

Quotes for custom cut pieces or straps are answered within an hour or two from when it is received. If there are any questions about a quotation request, a customer sales representative will contact you to clarify the details.

How quickly will my order be shipped?

FASTENation, Inc. carries the largest nationwide inventory of fasteners so most orders are shipped out on the day that they are ordered. Custom cut or cut & mated pieces are usually shipped out within a day or two of being received.  We will be happy to send a partial shipment to assist you for very large orders. Custom strap orders are shipped out on a timely basis determined by the components and quantities needed (an exact shipment schedule will be given with each quote for straps).

How do I choose the correct hook and loop for my application?

FASTENation, Inc., offers many different closure (hook and loop) combinations. It is best to contact our customer sales representatives to explain your application, including any specific performance criteria - peel, shear, or cycle life (the number of openings or closings required) and they will either immediately recommend several combinations that may meet your applications needs or inquire with our engineering staff on possible solutions.

An important reminder is to always test the recommendations in the application to determine if they meet the applications needs prior to purchasing and manufacturing.

How wide can hook and loop be manufactured?

The products FASTENation, Inc. offers can be manufactured in the following widths:

Woven hook and loop with or without adhesive up to 6" wide,  VELCRO® Brand Molded HTH hooks up to 12" wide,  VELTEX® Brand Display loops 60" wide Hook Compatible Knitted Fabrics 60" wide

Can hook and loop be washed?

Hook and loop can be machine washed or dry cleaned. Machine washing in hot water or bleach is not recommended. It is important to always remember to engage (or close) the fastening system prior to washing.

Are certain hook and loop products better for outdoor use than others?

Yes, FASTENation, Inc. offers VELCRO® Brand fasteners that are manufactured out of polyester. These fasteners have been proven to be more durable to external elements.

How do I remove adhesive residue on a surface?

The best method to remove any adhesive residue is to use either a citrus based cleaner or rubbing alcohol. It is recommended that you read the cleaner's instructions carefully first and test the surface with the cleaners or alcohol to determine its effects on the surface before use.

Are certain VELCRO® Brand fasteners stretchable?

Yes, FASTENation, Inc. offers the following elastic loops; VELSTRETCH® and VELCRO® Brand Loop 152.

VELSTRETCH® is available in the following sizes: 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1 1/2" & 2". This loop offers an elongation of 55% (elongation is the % of stretch the product will achieve over its non-stretched length). This elastic loop can be found throughout all industries requiring an elastic loop product. For the medical products industry, it offers a soft woven edge to minimize abrasions and maximized comfort.

VELCRO® Brand Loop 152 is available in the following sizes: 1", 1 1/2" & 2". This loop offers an elongation of at least 90% (elongation is the % of stretch the product will achieve over its non-stretched length). This elastic loop is predominantly used in the medical products industry, it offers a lower cost knitted elastic loop to VELSTRETCH®.

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Hospitality/Staging/Event Production Inquiries

What is the difference between a Table Skirting Clip and a Table Cloth Clip?

Table Skirting Clips have VELCRO® Brand hook attached to the clip's front face and are used to attach a table skirt onto the profile of a table. Table Cloth Clips do not have VELCRO® Brand hook attached and are placed onto the outside of a tablecloth to hold them in place

How do I determine which Table Skirting Clip or Table Cloth Clip works best for my tables?

The best rule of thumb is to measure the total thickness or profile of the table. Once you have an exact measurement, you can choose which clip fits best.

How many Table Skirting Clips or Table Cloth Clips are needed per table?

We recommend using 1 clip per foot (12 inches) of table skirting or table cloth.

What size table skirt does the EZ-Hanger® System hold?

The EZ-Hanger® can accommodate table skirt sizes from 6ft. to 30ft. in length

Foam Tape Inquiries

How do I know which SilverTape® to use for my application?

You can reference our SilverTape® Substrate Guide below or under the specification tab in each product. You can also speak with one of our adhesive experts by calling 800.876.9922, or email specific details regarding the application to silvertape@fastenation.com

What widths are the SilverTape® products offered in?

The Clear SilverTape® products (5305 & 5310) are offered in widths from ¼” to 19”, and our other products (White, Gray & Black) are offered from ¼” x 35”. Most of these products come standard in 36 yard lengths.

Do you offer any tapes that are designed for LSE (low surface energy) substrates?

Yes we stock a Black SilverTape 6411 (45 mil) High Bond Acrylic Foam Tape that is designed and coated to bond well to low surface energy substrates (PP, PE, powder-coated metals & many other substrates). Call us today for samples and more information!

Which tapes are designed for outdoor use?

Our SilverTape® product line offers UV and moisture resistant properties. They also offer maximum long term temperature range around 200 F or above (depending on the product).

Do you offer foam tapes in various levels of tack?

Yes! We stock a White PE Foam Tape Line, called FASTENfoam®, which is offered in thicknesses of 1/16” and 1/32”. Our FASTENfoam® is offered with permanent rubber adhesive on both sides, while our FASTENfoam® I has one side removable and the other side permanent adhesive. Finally, our FASTENfoam® II product has a removable rubber based adhesive on both sides of the tape. These tapes can be custom converted to meet your needs. Call us today at 800.876.9922 for pricing and samples!

What widths are the FASTENfoam® products offered in?

The FASTENfoam® products can be slit to widths ranging from ½” to 60”, with roll lengths of 216 ft.

What are typical applications for FASTENfoam® tapes?

The FASTENfoam® products can be used for a variety of applications, including POP displays and signage, posters, and use on graphics. Check with our experts to be sure you are choosing the FASTENfoam® tape that works best for your application.

5S Inquiries

What is 5S Methodology?

5S stands for SORT, SET IN ORDER, SHINE, STANDARDIZE, and SUSTAIN and is an ongoing process involving implementing strict guidelines to maintain an efficient working environment.

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How can FASTENation® help me achieve and maintain 5S organization?

FASTENation® offers the products to help you keep an organized, orderly, and more efficient work space; from bundling and labeling to hanging and storing, we've got the products you need to help simplify the process. Visit our 5S page today and let us help kick start your workplace productivity!

SilverTape® Substrate Guide

Product Adhesive Guides

Converting and Fabrication Options

All other questions can be answered by calling (800) 876-9922 or e-mail sales@fastenation.com

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