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Non Abrasive Anti Slip Tape for Surf Boards

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

surfingHeskins have been contacted by a company who supply surf products, and in this particular case, surf boards.

Surf boards need to be treated with anti slip products, as the finish on a surf board when purchased is completely smooth, which is required to allow it to glide through the water. Unfortunately for surfers, as soon as the top surface becomes wet, it is very slippery, and makes a surfboard impossible to navigate through the water.

Surf boards these days have a few options when it comes to slip prevention, or grip enhancement, whichever way you want to look at it.


Wax is a popular choice for most surfers, professional and amateur, the latter using it more initially due to the use by the former, and no doubt movies and tv shows. Wax has become the established choice for surf boards as it has very good performance levels, and has a wide price range dependent on your budget. The downside to wax is the amount of time and dedication required to ensure it is applied correctly, and the discoloration it suffers from over time, as it attracts grit, most notably sand.

Surfboard Traction Pads

Surfboard traction pads are another option. Not as established as wax, but they are popular in smaller circles, as they are very easy to apply, and add foothold to the back of the board, were it is mostly needed. The issue with surfboard traction pads, is that they are expensive, sometimes around 10 times more expensive than wax at lower levels.

A new option?

transparent aqua safe on surf boardWe discussed our range of non abrasive anti slip tapes, which now consists of a range of variants. While our non abrasives feature different textures on the surface, they are all manufactured from the same plastic film, to create a non slip surface that has a rubber-like finish which is consistent throughout.

Non abrasive anti slip tapes all carry the same benefits of being kind to bare skin and clothing, contact with them will not have a detrimental impact on either, so are all suitable for use in the appropriate applications. One of our non abrasives that carried particular interest was our aqua safe range, which has an emboss that performs exceptionally well in wet environments.


With aqua safe anti slip tape, we are in discussion to create a range of pre cut shapes to apply to your surfboard, meaning that you can receive the best features that wax and surfboard traction pads provide, easy application, and a long service life, at a low cost!

black aqua safe anti slip tape on surf boardLike traction pads, aqua safe anti slip tape can be made in to pre cut kits, allowing you to easily apply them, but will be available at a fraction of the cost. Many surfbords also have wonderful, eye catching designs on them, and with aqua safe being available in transparent, it can be applied to the surface and not cover the design. No discoloration will occur either, as the adhesive applied to aqua safe is UV stable, meaning it will not yellow under constant exposure to salt water and sun light.

Aqua Safe anti slip tape is available in black, white, transparent, grey and beige.

For more information, please feel free to contact us, or visit the website. You can contact us by phone, email or live chat.




Preventing Slips in the Bath and Shower

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

bath stickers in shower trayWe supply a huge variety of material to prevent slips in baths and showers, of which, particularly amongst the older generations, it is one of the most common domestic accidents and cause of injury.

Preventing slips in the bath and shower is something that can be easily done. Heskins stock a large range of anti slip products suitable for application in bath tubs and shower trays. Application of anti slip tape in the bath or shower will help to reduce slip and fall injuries ten fold.

Heskins stock a range of abrasive and non abrasive anti slip tapes, in a variety of sizes, shapes, lengths and colours. Abrasives are made from coarse minerals, so aren’t suitable for bath and shower application. Non abrasive anti slip tapes are manufactured by using an embossing technique to create the textured surface, so have a rubber-type feel to their finish, making them perfectly suitable to stand on with bare feet.

Heskins original non abrasive non slip material, Aqua-Safe, is generally the material of choice. The product is easy to clean, provides good levels of grip and is kind to the skin. The anti slip surface for baths has an embossed texture that is like a mild wave effect. This ensures effective slip protection in wet or dry conditions, and is very comfortable to stand on, even for long periods of time. The most popular colours are white and clear; although aqua-safe is produced in another three colours ( black, grey and beige ), the two mentioned tend to be most suitable for the majority of applications, as both blend in to the surface, creating an inconspicuous non slip surface.

Anti Slip Bath Sticker Retail Packs

anti slip bath sticker retail packMost of our bath non slip materials are supplied into retail outlets, the majority of the end users will be domestic applications, individual consumers who buy only a small amount of product. To ensure that we are cost effective, we generally supply the product ‘kiss-cut’ as either disks or strips on either sheets or rolls.  The rolls can be readily supplied as either 40mm Ø disks or 20mmx200mm rounded corner strips. Each roll is 50mmx3m and can be supplied with a retail packed sleeve to allow them to be sold as is complete with a barcode. The sheets contain either sheets or disks, on these sheets are various sizes and quantities, please enquire for more information.

Aqua Safe Anti Slip Manufacture

die cutting machineWe can make anti slip tape for baths and showers in almost any size or shape; to create a size that we do not already produce we can purchase rotary tooling. Dependent on order quantity, we can produce non abrasive anti slip tape in any size, shape or colour matching Pantone or RAL references. Our rotary die cutting manufacturing process ensures minimal labour costs, combined with fantastic quality ensures you receive an efficient, high performing product that is extremely cost effective.

For more information, or to place an order, please contact Heskins by email, phone or the live chat facility on the website.


Tips for Applying Large Units of Non Slip Tape

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

non slip tape applicationWe recently received an email from a customer showing us one of their application jobs, and mentioned that they would like us to spread the word.

They recently had a job commissioned to apply 180 pieces of die-cut non sip tape. This is by no means a small task, as the steps required take a ridiculously long time to complete a job of this size!

Fortunately, the guys came up with a solution! A template! By creating a template, the same size as each application area, they could mark the steps for application to achieve a really neat end result.

finished non slip tape applicationEach concrete slab that made up the steps would have 5 strips of Safety-Grip™ non slip tape applied to them, so with this in mind, they created a template out of PVC, which had sections cut out matching the size of each Safety-Grip™ die cut. Not only did they use this to mark out the application area, but it meant they could also apply surface primer, Heskins solution for sealing porous surfaces, neatly, without over spill.

This simple, yet innovative solution, allowed, as you can see in the picture, a very neat application, with the surface sealed and the Safety-Grip’s™ adhesive protected from moisture degradation.

The template allowed the job to be completed much more efficiently, in a much shorter amount of time, with an extremely professional finish.

We now recommend creating a template for large jobs such as this, as these images are proof of what an exceptional finish using such a simple tool creates.

If you require application advice for our non slip tapes, then feel free to contact us by phone or email.