We’re looking for some tape to cover some wheels we have to reduce friction.
They are AndyMark 4" Hi-Grip Wheels, and we’ve been covering them in blue painters tape to reduce the friction/grip so that the robot doesn’t bounce when it turns.
We’re looking to get green tape since it is our school color and were wondering… we’ve found a few green tapes on amazon. I’d imagine a masking tape of the right color would be optimal since masking tapes texture most closely matches painters tape… However, would any of these tapes be similar?
We’re not positive if Duct Tape is more or less friction-y than Painter tape; I’d imagine more. Additionally, is vinyl more or less slippery, or kinda rough?
Keep in mind, this is for FTC!! I’m sure if you read this far thinking it was for FRC you’d chew me out for putting tape all over our wheels, but no that’s not the case :rolleyes:
Here is my $0.02 advice, most of the tapes start tearing apart depending on the robot weight. If your FTC robot is light weight they probably would work. Samething with Zip ties, but they are little better. Last FRC season we had tread peeling off, we used zip tie as temp solution did did not stand for 2 minutes. If you have 6 wheel bot, you can drop center wheels by 1/16" and see if it works. Many FRC 6 wheel bots have this.
The green painters tape we purchased is not the right shade of green, and we can’t find the right one anywhere.
Our robot is light, which is why we’ve been doing it and it works.
It is a 6 Wheel robot, but having a 1/16" drop is more difficult in FTC where the channels are already made a certain way and whatnot. Not saying it can’t be done, but I’m not sure if the hassle is worth it to not only MAYBE achieve it, but also butcher two expensive channels when tape has worked for us just fine.
If you can find green flashbreaker tape, that might do the trick. It’s also neon-y, but not as bad as, say, frog tape. And as for being low friction… Don’t walk on carpet if you’ve covered the soles of your shoes with it. I handle the stuff quite a bit–it’s pretty sticky but not badly, and if you decide to remove it, it doesn’t leave much of a residue unless it’s being exceptionally stubborn.