FAQ: Hatch sealing tape
It is a thick tape that is glued between two cargo hatches of a sea-going vessel to prevent water from entering the holds and damaging the precious cargo.
- Clean the surface where the tape will be applied: it should be completely clean and dry. First of all remove any loose rust, paint and dirt by either scraping or brushing it off. Do not apply the sealing tape on a wet or damp surface. The cleaner the joint, the better the seal.
- WORKING CONDITIONS: The best working condition is when it is fairly warm. In hot weather, the material tends to soften. Keep the tape in a cool area or shade until ready to use. In cold weather, the material stiffens, which precludes proper adhesion when the tape is applied. Storing it in a heated area should be adequate prior to installation.
- APPLICATION & REMOVAL: Peel off the release paper and center the tape over the hatch joint. Press the tape firmly into place while continuing to unroll or take new sheet and peel the desired length. It is important to keep the tape centered over the hatch joint during the application process and to recheck the tape periodically. Hatch Cover Sealing Tape may be cut with either a knife or scissors when small pieces are needed.
The easiest method of removing the tape is by using a long-handled scraper with a blade approx. 6" wide. Scraping the tape up will leave a thin residue of adhesive still on joints. This will serve to prevent rust and will make the next application easier and faster.
Store in a cool, dry, ventilated area protected from the elements. Do not stock cartons over six high.