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How to Apply Heskins Reflective Tape to Stair Rails

Reflective Tape

Reflective tape is a versatile and essential marking material that provides high visibility and helps mark out potentially dangerous areas. Applying reflective tape correctly ensures optimal functionality and longevity. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to properly apply Heskins reflective tape, ensuring a clean and effective installation while maximising safety and visibility.

What You Will Need:

Before you begin, gather the following tools and materials:

  • Heskins H6601 Reflective Tape
  • H3508 IPA Surface Cleaner & Cloth
  • Tape Measure
  • Utility Knife
  • Squeegee

Step 1: Prep and Clean the Surface

To ensure a successful application, start by preparing the surface where you will be applying the reflective tape. Use a cloth and H3508 IPA Cleaner to thoroughly clean the surface, removing any dust, grease, or dirt. The IPA Cleaner evaporates after cleaning, leaving a clean and dry surface, which is essential for optimal tape adhesion and performance.

Step 2: Measure and Cut the Reflective Tape

Accurate measurement and precise cutting are key to achieving a professional and seamless application. Using a tape measure, determine the length of reflective tape needed for the desired area. This step helps minimise waste and ensures the tape fits perfectly. Utilise a utility knife to cut the Heskins reflective tape to the measured size, ensuring clean and straight edges.

Step 3: Peel Away the Backing Liner and Apply Pressure

With the surface prepped and the tape cut to size, it’s time to apply the reflective tape. Begin by peeling away the backing liner from one end of the tape. Carefully align the tape with the designated area, ensuring proper placement and alignment. Gradually stick the tape onto the surface, applying pressure as you go along. Using your hand, gently run your palm along the tape, starting from one end and working your way to the other, ensuring secure adhesion.

Step 4: Remove Air Bubbles with a Squeegee

After applying the reflective tape, it’s essential to eliminate any air bubbles or creases to achieve a smooth and professional-looking finish. Utilise a Heskins squeegee or a similar tool specifically designed for this purpose. Start from one end of the tape and firmly run the squeegee along the applied tape, applying even pressure. This action will help remove any trapped air bubbles and ensure proper adhesion.

Understanding Reflective Tape:

Reflective tape serves as a highly effective marking material, offering enhanced visibility and acting as a warning in potentially dangerous areas. Available in a variety of colors and widths, ranging from 15mm to 1220mm, reflective tape can be customised to meet specific requirements. Heskins takes pride in providing high-quality reflective tape and offers samples for customers to evaluate firsthand, ensuring they make informed decisions about their marking solutions.

Get in Touch for More Information:

For further information on reflective tape or to explore Heskins’ wide range of marking and anti-slip solutions, we encourage you to contact our dedicated sales team. Reach out to us by phone or engage in a Live Chat on the contact us form. Our sales team is ready, answering any inquiries and providing comprehensive details about our products and services.


By following the comprehensive guide outlined above, you can confidently apply reflective tape to enhance visibility and mark potentially dangerous areas. Proper surface preparation, precise measurement, clean cutting, and secure adhesion are crucial steps in achieving a successful installation. Remember, reflective tape plays a vital role in improving safety in various environments. For all your reflective tape and marking solution needs, trust Heskins to deliver high-quality products and exceptional customer service.


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