VELCRO® Brand Fasteners FAQ

Q: Which side of the VELCRO® Brand fastener is which?

The soft fuzzy side is the loop and the rough, scratchy side is the hook side of VELCRO® Brand products.The loop side is sometimes called "pile" by the military.

Q: Are there different strengths of hook and loop material?

Yes. There are many strengths of VELCRO® Brand material from easily peeled to almost permanent. When you use very strong VELCRO® Brand fastener the cycle life, amount of closures the fastener can experience before it frays, is shorter than a VELCRO® Brand fastener that separates easily. Most applications use the hook 88 and loop 1000 for an excellent combination of strength and cycle life.

Q: Does the pressure sensitive adhesive (Peel & Stick, or PS) work well on most surfaces?

Yes. Depending on your application there is an adhesive that should work for you. The major considerations are the substrate (the surface the adhesive sticks to), the temperature range, and the environment. Generally, the PS 0172 Acrylic adhesive works well on most applications, especially above 100 degrees F. This adhesive takes about 24 hours to cure and is the standard heavy duty peel and stick adhesive. The PS 0115 Rubber adhesive is strong enough for most room temperature applications and takes about 8 hours to cure. There is also an adhesive for elevated temperatures (up to 350 deg F) or wet environment that is called PS 0174.

Q: What is the widest VELCRO® Brand fastener I can get?

The widest that the Sew on hook and loop comes in is 4", the same applies for the Peel & Stick hook and loop as well. The loop is available in wide loop in two different widths. Heavy duty loop 3001 is similar to the loop 1000 and comes in Black or White in a 60" width. This product is sold by the lineal yard. The wide loop 3001 is also available in a 24" width, in Black only, sold by the lineal yard.

Q: How is the VELCRO® Brand fastener sold?

Other than Consumer Products, VELCRO® Brand fasteners are sold on 25 yard rolls with the hook and loop separate. The Sew on fasteners are sometimes available on 50 yard rolls. The hook and loop comes on separate rolls, so you can purchase one side or the other, and are usually the same price.

Q: Are there stretchy VELCRO® Brand fasteners available?

Yes. We carry a product called VELCRO® Brand VELSTRETCH® loop that is the loop side of the VELCRO® Brand fastener that is woven with elastic and is stretchable. The hook is not available in this type.

Q: Can I get colors other than Black or White?

VELCRO® Brand fasteners are produced in many colors for large orders. We can fill small orders for special colors if we can find that product in one of our warehouses. The prices are the same as Black or White prices, but the minimum is 50 yards per color, per side.

Q: Is there a product available with the hook on one side and the loop on the other, back to back?

Yes. There is a VELCRO® Brand fastener called ONE-WRAP® Tape that is back to back hook to loop, and wraps back onto itself. This tape comes on 25 yard rolls and is available in 3/8" through 2" widths. This tape has become very popular for all types of wrapping application, from garden hoses to extension cords and cable management. This product is so useful that the Velcro Companies developed a die-cut cable tie out of the VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Tape fasteners that are used specifically for cable management.

Q: Can I get customized straps made from VELCRO® Brand material?

Yes. We manufacture custom face straps, back straps, cinch straps and two-way face straps with VELCRO® Brand fasteners. You may contact us at 800-940-6934 to discuss all of our customization options with one of our product specialists.

Q: Is there a more permanent adhesive than the peel and stick?

Yes. There are solvent activated and heat activated adhesives that come dry on the back of the VELCRO® Brand fasteners. These adhesives are activated by heat, eg. from an iron, or by a solvent, eg. acetone. For the most permanent bond, this material is used with contact cement. Put the contact cement on the back of the VELCRO® Brand fasteners as well as on your item and let it tack for 1 minute. Press together and let it dry overnight. This material is the same price as the peel and stick and is called 0140/0143 precoat.

Q: Are VELCRO® Brand fasteners available in round circles?

Yes, these are called VELCRO® Brand VELCOIN® fasteners and the hook and loop come on separate rolls that are equivalent to 25 yard rolls. The sizes vary from 1/2" width to 1 3/8" width, and quantities per roll vary with the size.

Q: Are VELCRO® Brand fasteners available in cut pieces?

Yes, we can cut squares, rectangles, or strips for you with our specialized cutting machine. There is NO CHARGE for cut lengths over 1". If you are using the same length hook and loop pieces, we can also mate them together for you at NO EXTRA CHARGE. As these products are sold by the 25 yard roll, we can only yield the approximate number of cut pieces as calculated by 25 yard increments.