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 Tape Type Width Length Backing Material Thickness Adhesive Material Adhesion Strength Elongation at Break Tensile Strength Finish Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Trade Name
RS Stock No. 373-1606
BrandRS PRO
£8.06
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Units
Silver Duct Tape 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Rubber 4.3 N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Coated - - -
RS Stock No. 373-1577
BrandRS PRO
£8.06
Each
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Black Duct Tape 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Rubber 4.3 N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Coated - - -
RS Stock No. 146-7414
BrandRS PRO
£9.08
Each
Units
Black Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.23mm Rubber Resin 3.5 N/cm, 5.5 N/cm 24% 32N/cm Gloss +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 146-7415
BrandRS PRO
£9.08
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Yellow Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.23mm Rubber Resin 3.5 N/cm, 5.5 N/cm 24% 32N/cm Gloss +45 °C, +80°C -50 °C, +10°C -
RS Stock No. 176-9808
BrandRS PRO
£7.58
Each
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White Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Rubber Resin 4.5 N/cm 20% 40N/cm - +40 (Application) °C, +80 (Service) °C +10 (Application) °C, -10 (Service) °C -
RS Stock No. 146-7416
BrandRS PRO
£9.08
Each
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Silver Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.23mm Rubber Resin 3.5 N/cm, 5.5 N/cm 24% 32N/cm Gloss +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 146-6827
BrandRS PRO
£2.88
Each
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Silver Duct Tape 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. 176-9809
BrandRS PRO
£7.58
Each
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Grey Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Rubber Resin 4.5 N/cm 20% 40N/cm - +40 (Application) °C, +80 (Service) °C +10 (Application) °C, -10 (Service) °C -
RS Stock No. 146-7417
BrandRS PRO
£9.08
Each
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Green Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.23mm Rubber Resin 3.5 N/cm, 5.5 N/cm 24% 32N/cm Gloss +45 °C, +80°C -50 °C, +10°C -
RS Stock No. 146-6829
BrandRS PRO
£2.88
Each
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White Cloth Tape 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. 176-9807
BrandRS PRO
£7.58
Each
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Black Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Rubber Resin 4.5 N/cm 20% 40N/cm - +40 (Application) °C, +80 (Service) °C +10 (Application) °C, -10 (Service) °C -
RS Stock No. 146-6828
BrandRS PRO
£2.88
Each
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Black Duct Tape 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. 176-9806
BrandRS PRO
£1.93
Each
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- Duct Tape 48mm 66m Polypropylene 0.054mm Acrylic 2.6 N/cm 110% - - +70°C -25°C -
RS Stock No. 146-7419
BrandRS PRO
£9.08
Each
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Blue Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.23mm Rubber Resin 3.5 N/cm, 5.5 N/cm 24% 32N/cm Gloss +45 °C, +80°C -50 °C, +10°C -
RS Stock No. 146-7418
BrandRS PRO
£9.08
Each
Units
Red Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.23mm Rubber Resin 3.5 N/cm, 5.5 N/cm 24% 32N/cm Gloss +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 727-1303
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
£4.00
Each
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Silver Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.17mm Rubber 6 N/cm 20% 28N/cm - +93°C +4°C 3M™
RS Stock No. 727-1300
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
£4.00
Each
Units
Black Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.17mm Rubber 6 N/cm 20% 28N/cm - +93°C +4°C -
RS Stock No. 494-477
£3.52
1 Reel of 10 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Black Cloth Tape 50mm 10m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C AT160
RS Stock No. 494-512
£5.80
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Silver Duct Tape 50mm 25m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170
RS Stock No. 763-8958
Mfr. Part No.04651-00505-00
BrandTesa
£20.70
Each
Units
Black Duct Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
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