Duct Tapes

Duct tape, also known as Duck Tape is a cloth backed pressure sensitive tape which is often coated with polyethylene. Duct tapes main feature is its strong adhesive capacity and its resistance. The construction of different duct tapes varies in the type of backings and adhesives that are used. Our Duct Tapes Guide offers a more complete overview of the different types available on the market.

Types of Duct Tape

  • Gaffer Tape: This is non-reflective and, unlike normal duct tape, can be torn by hand and easily removed without leaving a sticky residue. Gaffer tape is commonly used in the TV and film industries due to its non-reflective properties to temporarily tape cables to the floor or light fixtures to posts. Gaffer tape can also be used in the home for securing cables to a carpet, concrete or wood.
  • General Purpose Duct Tape: This has a low fabric count, a thin outer polyethylene film and low weight adhesive. This tape is ideal for odd jobs where longevity is not an issue.
  • Industrial Grade Duct Tape: This is made from a stronger fabric with a tougher outer layer and thicker adhesive. This duct tape is for more heavy-duty use and is ideal for holding down carpets at exhibitions.
  • Professional Grade Duct Tape: These have a stronger backing material than the industrial duct tape for added strength, durability and adhesion. These tapes are often used by contractors and construction workers.

Features of Duct Tape

Duct tape consists of an outer layer of plastic film, usually polyethylene or LDPE (low-density polyethylene) that provides waterproofing and weather resistance. Some tapes have a vinyl outer coating which is resistant to abrasions. Tapes are also available that are made from transparent materials that make them less visible when applied.

The different types of duct tape vary according to the fabric fibres that are used. These fabric fibres can be cotton, nylon, fibreglass, rayon or polyester. The most common widths for duct tape are 48 mm and 51 mm

What is Duct Tape Used for?

Originally the silver-grey coloured duct tape was used to seal joints in heating or air conditioning ducts to make them airtight but it now has multiple uses, including holding things together or onto a surface. They're available in a a range of materials with different properties and colours enabling them to be used for many tasks - making it an essential item for any DIY tool kit.


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Description Price Colour Width Length Backing Material Thickness Adhesive Material Adhesion Strength Elongation at Break Tensile Strength Finish Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Trade Name Model Number
RS Stock No. 373-1606
BrandRS PRO
£7.71
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Silver 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Rubber 4.3 (Steel) N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Coated - 0 - -
RS Stock No. 373-1577
BrandRS PRO
£7.71
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Black 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Rubber 4.3 (Steel) N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Coated - 0 - -
RS Stock No. 146-6829
BrandRS PRO
£2.68
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White 50mm 50m Cloth 0.17mm Rubber Resin 3 N/cm, 4 N/cm 18% 35N/cm Gloss +45 °C, +65 °C -50 °C, +5 °C - -
RS Stock No. 146-6828
BrandRS PRO
£2.68
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Black 50mm 50m Cloth 0.17mm Rubber Resin 3 N/cm, 4 N/cm 18% 35N/cm Gloss +45 °C, +65 °C -50 °C, +5 °C - -
RS Stock No. 146-6827
BrandRS PRO
£2.68
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Silver 50mm 50m Cloth 0.17mm Rubber Resin 3 N/cm, 4 N/cm 18% 35N/cm Gloss +45 °C, +65 °C -50 °C, +5 °C - -
RS Stock No. 727-1303
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
£3.32
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Silver 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.17mm Rubber 6 N/cm 20% 28N/cm PE Coated +93°C +4°C 3M™ 3M 1900
RS Stock No. 727-1300
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
£4.07
Each
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Black 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.17mm Rubber 6 N/cm 20% 28N/cm PE Coated +93°C +4°C - 1900
RS Stock No. 494-477
£3.52
1 Reel of 10 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Black 50mm 10m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C AT160 AT160
RS Stock No. 494-512
£5.80
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Silver 50mm 25m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170 AT170
RS Stock No. 373-0518
Mfr. Part No.IDH 1418606
BrandLoctite
£6.89
Each
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Silver 50mm 25m PE - Rubber - - - PE Coated - - UniBond Duct Tape -
RS Stock No. 494-506
£5.97
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Black 50mm 25m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170 AT170
RS Stock No. 423-6809
Mfr. Part No.1668019
BrandHenkel
£8.99
Each
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Black 50mm 25m PE - Rubber - - - PE Coated - - UniBond Power Tape -
RS Stock No. 373-0502
Mfr. Part No.IDH 1405197
BrandLoctite
£10.69
Each
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Silver 50mm 50m PE - Rubber - - - PE Coated - - UniBond Duct Tape -
RS Stock No. 111-6734
Mfr. Part No.AT132 Black
£3.13
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Black 50mm 50m Fabric 0.17mm Rubber Resin 4 N/cm 18% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT132 AT132
RS Stock No. 914-8195
Mfr. Part No.AT132 Silver
£3.16
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Silver 50mm 50m Fabric 0.17mm Rubber Resin 4 N/cm 18% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT132 AT132
RS Stock No. 787-3262
Mfr. Part No.4412 50mm x 16,5M
Brand3M
£43.15
Each
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Translucent 50mm 17m Ionomer 2mm Acrylic 32 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +149°C +10 3M™ 4412
RS Stock No. 341-8410
£10.78
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Black 50mm 50m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170 AT170
RS Stock No. 176-545
Mfr. Part No.195152
£6.37
Each
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Silver 50mm 10m PE Cloth 0.3mm Rubber Resin 4.5 N/cm 30% 75N/cm Gloss +110°C -50°C Closure Plate Tape AT293
RS Stock No. 423-6843
Mfr. Part No.1518497
BrandLoctite
£8.56
Each
Units
Silver 50mm 25m PE - Rubber - - - PE Coated - - UniBond Power Tape -
RS Stock No. 341-8448
£15.73
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Grey 50mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C AT160 AT160
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