Product information

tesa Softprint® 52018 Steel Master

Foam plate mounting tape (extra soft) for printing screens

Product description

tesa® 52018 Softprint X-Soft 380 µm is a double-coated foam tape, designed specifically for mounting photopolymer plates with a thickness of 1.14 mm (0.045") or 1.70 mm (0.067") in flexographic label printing.

The unique properties of tesa® 52018 Softprint X-Soft 380 µm make it the ideal choice for the finest screen prints, especially where harder digital plates are in use. Additionally, the extra cushion allows faster printing speeds, whilst reducing the effects of unwanted press "bounce" and keeping plates down even on smaller diameter cylinders.

Foam properties

  • The extra soft foam is the ideal plate mounting solution in combination with harder, digital plates (for finest screen print)
  • Highly compressible foam, with superior recovery behavior for excellent print quality
  • Long lasting recovery characteristic for extended and high speed print runs
  • Low thickness tolerances for quick print preparation and reduced waste

Adhesive properties

  • Secure bonding to sleeve / cylinder, with specially enhanced removal properties
  • Optimal bonding to plate to avoid edge lifting or plate movement, with residue-free removal

Additional properties

  • The structured PP-liner prevents the formation of air pockets when plate mounting
  • Yellow color coding of logo on backing indicates extra soft foam category

Main applications

tesa® 52018 Softprint x-Soft is a 380µm (15mil) category double-coated foam tape, designed spedifically for mounting photopolymer plates with a thickness of 1.14mm (0.045") or 1.70mm (0.067") in flexographic label printing.


Technical properties

Backing material

PE foam with film lamination

Total thickness

16.92 mils

Thickness category

14.96 mils

Type of adhesive

tackified acrylic

Type of liner


Logo color



extra soft

tesa® products prove their impressive quality day in, day out in demanding conditions and are regularly subjected to strict controls. All technical information and data above mentioned are provided to the best of our knowledge on the basis of our practical experience. They shall be considered as average values and are not appropriate for a specification. Therefore tesa SE can make no warranties, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The user is responsible for determining whether the tesa® product is fit for a particular purpose and suitable for the user’s method of application. If you are in any doubt, our technical staff will be glad to support you.


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