Packing tapes are ultimate packaging accessories that are essentially required to secure the open ends of cartons for spill-proof and safe shipping. Among the various types of industrial tapes available on the market, the debate between water-based acrylic and hot-melt adhesive carton sealing tapes persists.

Acrylic or Hot Melt Adhesive Tape

While both the varieties have separate features and a list of benefits, both can be used for carton sealing at room temperature. The difference occurs when the conditions feature a wide range of extreme temperatures and very rigid corrugated flaps.

Let's look at the advantages & applications of both the types of packing tapes:



  1. Functional in a wide temperature range - Acrylic tapes feature a service temperature of -10°F to 200°F vs. 30°F to 122°F of hot melt.
  2. Extended shelf life - Acrylic is known to have a longer shelf life without compromising on performance.
  3. Resistant to UV light sources - The material will not allow yellowing on exposure to direct sunlight or UV sources.
  4. Enhanced seal strength - Acrylic adhesive tends to absorb deeply into the corrugated flaps over time.
  5. Economically priced - The Acrylic sealing tapes are comparatively more affordable than the hot melt varieties.


  • General purpose carton sealing
  • Display boxes (as they do not yellow)
  • Hot as well as cold applications




  1. High sheer - A greater sheer allows better adherence to corrugated boxes and to under-filled/overstuffed boxes.
  2. Improved quick initial tack - Hot melt ensures quick tack property that adheres easily to dusty, dirty and soiled substrates or plastics.
  3. Performance consistency - Hot melt packing tapes have a release coat that allows the tape to dispense with consistence throughout the entire tape length.


  • General purpose carton sealing
  • Overfilled or under-filled cartons
  • Double-walled and thick corrugated boxes
  • Dusty, dirty and soiled substrates application


Now that you know when it is better to use acrylic or hot melt adhesive tape, visit to order your stock of industrial tapes now. The store is full of good quality, affordably priced tapes for use in industrial as well as domestic applications.