SOLAS REFLECTIVE MARINE TAPE
COAST GUARD APPROVED SOLAS MARINE TAPE
The Brightest & Toughest Reflective Tape on the Planet !!
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Prismatic reflective tape was invented by Reflexite 30 years ago. SOLAS reflective tape along with DOT conspicuity tapes are two results of this amazing invention. The SOLAS reflective tapes are many times brighter than standard reflective tapes and are the brightest of all the prismatic tapes. Prismatic tape is not only brighter but is also visible at much sharper angles than standard reflective tapes. For example, standard engineer grade reflective tape needs to be either directly in front of your headlights or about 20 degrees to either side for you to see it. SOLAS Prismatic tape on the other hand can be farther to either side and still light up. This along with the increased brightness is especially important in marine search and rescue applications.
Where is SOLAS used?
SOLAS tape is designed to withstand the harsh marine environment and extreme cold. Reflexites adhesive type FD1403 is IMO Type I and II certified and meets USCG requirements for SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). It is especially suited for increasing the night time visibility of life preservers, life boats, kayaks, foam ring buoys, survival suits, bouys, markers, rain suits, backpacks, jackets and a variety of other objects in off shore and land environments. Although SOLAS tape is made for marine use is also very popular for motorcycles and bikes due to its extreme brightness and aggressive adhesive.
How is SOLAS Reflective Tape applied?
To apply simply peel off the backing and press firmly onto a clean dry surface. It will stick to virtually anything. It is completely waterproof and weather resistant. Please note that although it will stick to jackets, rainsuits, backpacks, etc.. it is not recommended that you put it through a wash and dry cycle. For items that will go through a washing machine often our reflective sew on or iron on fabrics are more suitable.
How do I identify genuine SOLAS Reflective Tape?
All Reflexite SOLAS tapes include the "Ships Wheel" logo designating it as Coast Guard Approved tape. Other manufacturers should also have the ships wheel logo. The logo is the only way that I know to tell if the tape meets Coast Guard Specs.
Are all SOLAS Reflective Tapes the same?
Not all SOLAS tapes are the same. For example, 3m makes a SOLAS tape that uses microscopic glass beads to provide reflectivity. This type of tape is also referred to as a type III reflective. Prismatic tapes like the ones that Reflexite manufactures have two distinct advantages over glass bead tapes. First, they are several times brighter. Second, they reflect at higher angles due to the prismatic design. These two features make the prismatic tape the best choice for all applications, especially those off shore where rescue is often a matter of life and death.