Oralite’s (formerly Reflexite) V82 (AP1000) series tapes are some of the brightest in the world. They are very similar to SOLAS in intensity and appearance. The main difference is that the SOLAS tape has the ships wheel logo showing that it is certified for SOLAS applications. Oralite SOLAS also has 5 mils of adhesive versus 2.5 mils for V82. SOLAS is also more expensive.
V82 Silver/White is a certified Type 5 film and has a reflectivity rating of over 700 Candelas. This is bright enough to be seen for thousands of feet away versus hundreds for standard engineer grade tapes. This makes this product ideal for applications that require visibility at great distances. This material is very popular with motorcyclists and boaters. It has a 10 year outdoor rating. We call this a SOLAS alternative because it is close in brightness and appearance but at a much lower cost per roll. And best of all, V82 (AP1000) comes in 7 colors. So if you are looking for the closest tape to a colored SOLAS, this is it.
Steven Cole (Economics, MBA – University of West Florida, Business & Innovation – Stanford University) 22 years experience in the safety business. Expert in reflective visibility solutions.