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. 494-528
£5.97
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
White 50mm 25m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170 AT170
RS Stock No. 763-8848
Mfr. Part No.8979 48mm x 54,8m
Brand3M
£22.25
Each
Units
Blue 48mm 55m PE Cloth 0.33mm Rubber 5.3 N/cm 19% 63N/cm PE Coated +93°C +4°C Performance Plus 8979
RS Stock No. 768-2567
Mfr. Part No.04613-00029-00
BrandTesa
£7.26
Each
Units
White 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Natural Rubber 4.1 N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Coated +93°C - Tesa 4613 Tesa 4613
RS Stock No. 341-8460
£10.78
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Silver 50mm 50m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170 AT170
RS Stock No. 408-9524
Mfr. Part No.196128
£16.83
Each
Units
Silver 50mm 25m 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. 655-0753
Mfr. Part No.21743
Brand3M
£73.01
1 Lot of 2
Lot(s)
Translucent 19mm 16m PE 0.17mm Rubber 28 N/cm 275% 28N/cm Gloss +107°C -34°C Scotch UHMW Polyethylene Tape 3M 5421
RS Stock No. 625-4433
Mfr. Part No.21743
Brand3M
£41.11
Each
Units
Translucent 25.4mm 16m PE 0.17mm Rubber 28 N/cm 470% 526N/cm Gloss +107°C -34°C Scotch UHMW Polyethylene Tape 3M 5421
RS Stock No. 494-483
£15.73
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Black 50mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C AT160 AT160
RS Stock No. 494-499
£15.73
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
White 50mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C AT160 AT160
RS Stock No. 341-8454
£10.78
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
White 50mm 50m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170 AT170
RS Stock No. 763-8955
Mfr. Part No.51206-00003-00
BrandTesa
£89.66
Each
Units
Transparent 50mm 33m PE 0.11mm Acrylate 43 N/cm 300% 43N/cm PE - - Tesa 51206 Tesa 51206
RS Stock No. 379-0201
Mfr. Part No.04662-00194-01
BrandTesa
£9.67
Each
Units
Black 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.23mm Natural Rubber 4.5 N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Coated +93°C - Tesa 4662 Tesa 4662
RS Stock No. 787-3268
Mfr. Part No.4412 25mm x 16,5M
Brand3M
£21.65
Each
Units
Translucent 25mm 17m Ionomer 2mm Acrylic 32 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +149°C +10 3M™ 4412
RS Stock No. 184-8203
Mfr. Part No.4411B
Brand3M
£27.34
Each
Units
Black 50mm 5.5m Ionomer 1mm Acrylic 30 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +150°C +90°C 3M 4411N
RS Stock No. 163-4725
Mfr. Part No.2903 black 48MMX50M
Brand3M
£4.93
Each
Units
Black 48mm 50m Fabric 0.15mm Resin, Rubber 8 N/cm 30% 100N/cm - - - Scotch SUPREME 3M 2093
RS Stock No. 163-4726
Mfr. Part No.2903 silver 48MMX50M
Brand3M
£4.93
Each
Units
Silver 48mm 50m Fabric - - - - - - - - Scotch SUPREME 2093
RS Stock No. 184-8201
Mfr. Part No.4411N
Brand3M
£22.46
Each
Units
Translucent 50mm 5.5m Ionomer 1mm Acrylic 26 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +150°C +90°C 3M 4411N
RS Stock No. 176-6046
Mfr. Part No.AT6190 Orange 50mm x 33m
£4.33
Each
Units
Orange 50mm 33m - 0.22mm Rubber Resin 3.5 (Self) N/cm, 7 (Steel) N/cm 15% 38N/cm Gloss +75°C -50°C Advance AT6190
RS Stock No. 163-4729
Mfr. Part No.2904 silver 48MMX50M
Brand3M
£7.04
Each
Units
Silver 48mm 50m Fabric - - - - - - - - Scotch 3M 2904
RS Stock No. 146-8988
Mfr. Part No.AT6200 50mm x 25m
£3.13
Each
Units
Orange 50mm 25m Fabric 0.22mm Rubber Resin 2.3 (Adhesion to Self) N/cm, 3.7 (Adhesion to Steel) N/cm 20% 35N/cm - +65°C -50°C - AT6200
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