Golden Reflection: The benefits of Gold Reflective Heat Tape.

We have been selling Gold Heat Tape for years, but why? What are the performance benefits of Gold heat wrap Despite Gold reflective bulkheads like you see in Formula 1 and NASA spacecraft looking cool, they have a very good reason why they are in this shade – and sadly no, Gold Heat Tape isn’t only for looks!

Gold Airbox

Heat, like light, can be reflected away. This type of heat is called “Radiant heat”, the type of heat that keeps the Earth (some may argue) warm from the sun’s rays, despite having millions of miles of a void vacuum between the two masses. This can also be said for heat lamps, they will only be able to heat something that is directly within their path. The other type of heat transfer is convectional – this is the type that you will typically feel from a kettle (or a wrongly named “wall mounted radiator”), an element will heat up and warm the particles next to it, then next to that and so on. For this reason, you do not need to be directly in the line sight to feel the benefits. This is not to say that there isn’t Radiant heat emitted from a kettle and convectional heat transfer occurring from the Sun, but let’s keep this simple for now.

Gold Bulk Head

Ok, you are asking, so why GOLD? Why not any other reflective surface like foil heat tape? Copper? Silver? Glass? Well, Gold states the best reflective qualities and so can reflect away outstanding levels of radiant heat. Our Funk Cool Gold Reflective Heat Tape and sheets are capable of reflecting away around 80% of all radiant heat coming it’s way. To demonstrate this, feel free to click on the video section for a product testing demonstration.

When used correctly, our Funk Cool reflective tape can be used to protect intake components and therefore lowering your intake temperatures. Lower intake temperatures create a bigger bang in the combustion chamber and therefore a more powerful and more efficient engine running cycle. This has been proved by many of our clients ranging from European Rally X to international level single-seater championships. Our Funk Cool Gold Reflective Heat tape is also vital for ensuring that components such as fuel cells, ECUs, heat shields and bulkheads are working at their optimal without the chance of damage due to excess heat.

Our Gold Foil Tape sheets and tapes come with a self-adhesive layer of specially designed woven glass fibre, this will also provide additional convectional heat protection. The top surface layer is composed of a deep shine gold with no UV degradation.

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13 thoughts on “Golden Reflection: The benefits of Gold Reflective Heat Tape.

  1. It’s interesting how you said that reflective tape can help to keep temperatures lower which will help with combustion in your car. This seems like a really great thing to do because it would increase fuel efficiency. I bet you could put that on industrial equipment as well and use it for stuff there too.

    1. Hi Mohsin! Thanks for your message today. Unfortunately, this is not designed for an exhaust system, as it is designed to keep the heat out and not the heat in. However, if you did want to wrap your exhaust in GOLD, we can suggest our gold reflective heat blanket – found here.

      This will be able to withstand the temperatures found within an exhaust system as well as keep the surrounding area nice and cool!

      If you have any other questions – drop us a line!

      Best regards,

      Funk Motorsport.

  2. Actually, it’s been tested thoroughly that Highly Polished Aluminum is better at reflecting heat than Gold is, and it stays more constant with intake air temps.

    1. Hi Andrew,

      This can be placed internally or externally. But it is designed to reflect the heat away – so externally will allow a better performance. Since this product is produced for radiant heat transfer only. If you opted for a Gold heat blanket, this can protect against both convectional and radiant heat transfer – so would have a bigger effect when placed internally.

      I hope this helps

      Funk Motorsport.

  3. As Stephen asked in July 2020, can your gold tape be applied to silicon hose? There are plenty of cars with turbo install that use silicone hose intake piping. Thanks.

    1. Hi Mick,

      Thank you for your message. Unfortunately, silicon is a difficult material to stick to directly- due to the natural oils found within. I would recommend a velcro heat sleeve – which would actually do a far better job. Due to it being able to protect against both CONVECTIONAL and RADIANT heat transfer, whereas tape can only protect against radiant 🙂

      If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

      Funk Motorsport

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