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    UV Lineset tape

    I just had to have the Armaflex replaced on my lineset outside after just three years. It had disintegrated from the sun I assume. When I asked the tech about protecting it, he said they don't do that here (Michigan) and don't stock anything for it either. And I must admit, I have never seen anyone else with a protected linset, so I know most installers don't protect it.

    So I was looking at lineset tape, my wife does not want it painted white. Can anyone recommend a good brand that has held up well for them in cold and hot weather? The unit is in the shade most of the day, if not all day in the summer from the trees. I think it's the sunlight in the fall to spring that damages it. Once the leaves are off the trees it's in the sunlight up to 6 hours a day.

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    Personally I think the tape is ugly. Paint it any color she wants!

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    Well I also want something that will keep the seam together. She thinks anything that isn't black will stick out too much. I tend to agree. It's only 34" long, but it is all visible.

    I should mention I bought some LS-300 from Amazon (Shurtape). It seems very thin, but maybe it works well? It is sticky. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot of choices on the market, and nothing locally.

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    Just paint it!

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    They make a glue for sealing the seams on Armaflex.

    I have never seen anything to "protect" the Armaflex and since it is easily replaceable, probably not cost effective for a mfr to do anything different.

    They do make lineset hide, like vinyl gutter material.
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    The glue was already on the armaflex. You pull the plastic strips off and it bonds.

    https://www.menards.com/main/plumbin...4435953239.htm


    Just protection from UV, no way to use a lineset cover in this case.

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    Just paint it with latex paint of the least offensive color to your wife. Touch up occasionally.

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    So no one has ever used line set tape ever? I know it's required in some areas, so I figured someone would have experience with it.

    I don't want to paint it.

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    Shurtape is a good brand. I have used their other products. Just use that. You seem set on tape.

    There are only so many options. Armaflex brand offers their own paint or aluminum coverings as endorsed solutions.

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    You prefer tape with white print instead of painting it black? The tape never looks that nice because it doesn't wrap well. And it has printing all over it.
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    I didn't think black paint would protect against UV, since black absorbs sunlight. That may be a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamFM View Post
    I didn't think black paint would protect against UV, since black absorbs sunlight. That may be a thought.
    Yes it does but tape it and make her happy!

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    This is what I use. Use it for every job.

    https://www.toolup.com/Shurtape-104871-VP-410-Line-Set-Tape-Black-50mm-x-33m

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    They do make pipe insulation that is UV resistant. It might be kind of hard to find, but I'm sure you could order a couple of pieces from the interwebs. Otherwise I would try some black Rustoleum 2X spray paint, followed by a layer or 2 of their clear coat if you really want to get fancy. I'm pretty sure this stuff says it's UV resistant on the back.

    Or just remove the stupid pipe insulation on the part that's outside and exposed to the elements. It's really not as important/beneficial as most people think. It's main job is to keep the suction line from forming condensation on it and dripping water all over stuff, but if the line is outside who cares?

    Here's the paint I would use. Cheap and available pretty much everywhere that sells spray paint.








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    Quote Originally Posted by Adlerberts-Protege View Post
    This is what I use. Use it for every job.

    https://www.toolup.com/Shurtape-1048...ack-50mm-x-33m

    I actually have some VP-410 bought for a different application indoors. I thought of using it, but the specs say it's only good down to 20f for outdoor use. It' gets well below that for much of the winter here.
    Now cold is it where you are, and how long does it hold up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamFM View Post
    Well I also want something that will keep the seam together. She thinks anything that isn't black will stick out too much. I tend to agree. It's only 34" long, but it is all visible.

    I should mention I bought some LS-300 from Amazon (Shurtape). It seems very thin, but maybe it works well? It is sticky. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot of choices on the market, and nothing locally.
    Your LS300 works well. Don't worry about the thin thing. It holds up to uv. Not sure why they don't have the same tape without the white lettering.

    But like others said any latex paint will protect it well for a few years. Just touch it up every 2 years and it will work great. And usually looks better than trying to get the tape on neatly.

    Also, armaflex is cheap. When it falls apart get another chunk.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Armacell-3-4-in-x-6-ft-Rubber-Self-Seal-Pipe-Wrap-Insulation-HST07812/100585113

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    All this over 3 feet of Armorflex?? Good grief!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobboan View Post
    All this over 3 feet of Armorflex?? Good grief!
    Just about!

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    Well I thought was a simple question. Go figure.

    Thanks to those who actually replied about TAPE.

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    This all starts with a bunch of money hungry legislators that corner the market for their buddies, with an idea like locking safety caps and lineset sleeves. Then they move forward and make it a code requirement. So, where are we now? ONE company owns all of the locking caps. ONE company sells a line set sleeve that is not a tape.

    EPA is another HUGE friggin JOKE. Let's allow anyone to sell Freon online, but we will threaten to destroy any law abiding company that actually went through training and passed a licensing exam and fee if they don't keep detailed records of refrigerant handling. EPA makes the big chemical companies rich beyond imagination. Funny, that the chemical companies started all of the problems to begin with!

    The code is now a requirement for us to cover the lineset with a non-tape material that is UV resistance and serve as routine maintenance protection. Funny thing is there's only one company that makes this covering and it's over $350 for a 75' roll!!!!!
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