Acrylic Foam Tape enables primerless trim components application.

Press Release Summary:

Intended for global automakers and suppliers, 3M™ Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500 enables primerless application of trim components. Product, compatible with various paints without requiring adhesion promoter or other surface pre-treatment methods, allows adhesion to Medium Surface Energy (MSE) plastics such as acrylic, ABS, AES, ASA, PC, and PC+ABS. Tape also ensures compatibility with various paints, including those composed of carbamate, epoxy/acid powder and 2K urethane.

Original Press Release:

3M Announces Acrylic Foam Tape Series for Primerless Application of Trim Components for Global Automakers

New attachment solution ideal for use with MSE plastics and difficult to bond paints

DETROIT -- 3M, a technology company known for innovation, has launched its new tape - 3M(TM) Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500 for primerless application of trim components for global automakers and supplier customers.

The EX4500 series allows for robust adhesion to Medium Surface Energy (MSE) substrates and is compatible with a variety of paints without the need for an adhesion promoter or other surface pre-treatment methods - making it an ideal solution for automotive manufacturers concerned with the cost, quality, worker health and environmental issues that come with using a primer.

"As the inventor of acrylic foam tapes and an industry leader in the space for nearly half a century, 3M works to continually adapt and create improved solutions to serve the ever-changing needs of our automotive customers," said Ronald Pletz, Global Business Manager, Exterior Trim Attachment Solutions, 3M Automotive Division. "The EX4500 tape series, combined with 3M's industry expertise, testing capabilities and worldwide presence, delivers a versatile, high performance product with numerous benefits."

The EX4500 series utilizes a proprietary 3M adhesive technology to offer primerless adhesion to MSE plastics such as acrylic, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), acrylonitrile ethylene styrene (AES), acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA), polycarbonate (PC) and PC+ABS, while also ensuring compatibility with a variety of paints, including paints composed of carbamate, epoxy / acid powder and 2K urethane. This makes the tape ideal for use with pillar garnishes, MSE body-side moldings, step plates, vent visors and chrome appliques.

The deep black color of the EX4500 tapes help to conceal bondlines to ensure an aesthetically pleasing and streamlined appearance, while fewer steps in the adhesion process can lead to faster tack times, which can help to increase capacity and reduce unit cost.

To learn more about the 3M(TM) Acrylic Plus Tape Series EX4500, please visit here.

About 3M Automotive Division

For nearly 100 years, 3M's Automotive Division has served as a materials and technology supplier to the global automotive industry, aiming to connect with customers by using its multiple technology platforms to help solve industry challenges. 3M Automotive offers  more than 1,000 products and materials for automotive OEMs and tier suppliers, including: adhesive and tape attachment systems; catalytic converter mat mounts and insulation; paint replacement and protection films; acoustic insulation and NVH products; light management films and guides; and consumables used in assembly plants. To learn more, visit

About 3M 

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs about 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

CONTACT: Tracy Morisi, 3M Automotive Division, 734 779 5152 /, Leslie Dagg, Bianchi Public Relations, 248 269 1122 /

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