Paintable self-adhesive waterproofing flashing tape.

abe®universal flashing tape is a flexible, bitumen-modified, self-adhesive tape embedded with a stitch bond non-woven fabric which is paintable.

  • Counter flashing of bitumen torch applied waterproofing membranes.
  • Parapet walls.
  • Flat roof waterproofing repairs.
  • Waterproofing of metal roof joints, laps & roof screws.
  • Pipe dressings.
  • Sealing of roof ridge capping. 
  • Flexible membrane.
  • High elongation.
  • Can be coated with any high quality coatings such as abe® super laycryl, abe® silvakote eco, abe® abeproof pu eco or a high quality exterior acrylic paint.
  • High bond strength onto most primed substrates.
  • Easy-to-use: just measure, cut, peel and stick.
  • No bitumen bleed through the membrane.
Surface Preparation

Surfaces to be covered must be clean, sound, dry and free of grease, oils and loose materials. Allow abe® universal flashing tape to warm in the sun before application. 

Bonding / Priming Recommendation

It is recommended that porous substrates should be primed with bitu.® prime. New galvanised substrates should first be primed with 4-metal primer. Remove all existing surface rust and coat with 4-metal primer as per the manufacturer’s instruction. The flashing tape can also be applied on top of a good quality acrylic paint provided the substrate is sound.


Cut the abe® universal flashing tape to the correct length required for the area. Remove 150 mm of the backing paper starting at the one end and pressure bond to the surface by pushing down on the tape by hand. Remove any air bubbles and ensure the membrane is fully bonded to the substrate below. 

Detailed Guide – Internal Corner

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Detailed Guide – External Corner

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Detailed Guide – Headwall

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Detailed Guide – Sidewall

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Clean with abe® super brush cleaner followed by soap and water. Ensure all soap has been rinsed off with clean water.

Protection on Completion

Coat the abe® universal flashing tape with abeproof pu eco, abe® super laycrylabe® silvakote eco or a high quality exterior flexible paint.

Model Specification

Self-adhesive bitumen tape embedded with stitch bond non-woven fabric for sealing and counter flashing of bitumen torch-on waterproofing membranes which once applied can be coated with abeproof pu eco, abe® super laycrylabe® silvakote eco. Primer: abe® bitu.®prime.

Typical Physical Properties

Adhesion bitumen 

23.0 N 

Average tensile strength 

200 N 

Average elongation 

50 N 

Thickness of adhesive 

1.93 mm 

Thickness of backing and adhesive 

2.03 mm 


abe® universal flashing tape is supplied in rolls of the following sizes: 

  • 100 mm x 10 m
  • 150 mm x 10 m
  • 250 mm x 10 m
  • 300 mm x 10 m
  • 450 mm x 10 m
  • 600 mm x 10 m
Handling & Storage

This product has a shelf life of 12 months if kept in a dry, cool place in the original packaging. In more extreme conditions shelf life may be reduced.

Health & Safety

When applying abe® bitu.®prime, ensure that appropriate hand and eye protection is used. Always ventilate the working area well during application and drying. Avoid flames in the vicinity. If material is splashed into the eyes wash with clean water and seek medical advice. 

abe® universal flashing tape is inert and harmless. 

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals endeavours to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals’ products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals’ products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation or information given by the company.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements. a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction technology.