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 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. 373-1577
BrandRS PRO
TWD338.00
Each
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Black Duct Tape 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Rubber 4.3 (Steel) N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Coated - - -
RS Stock No. 763-8848
Mfr. Part No.8979 48mm x 54,8m
Brand3M
TWD998.00
Each
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Blue Duct Tape 48mm 55m PE Cloth 0.33mm Rubber 5.3 N/cm 19% 63N/cm - +93°C +4°C Performance Plus
RS Stock No. 905-4251
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD307.00
Each
units
Green Cloth Tape 19mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 914-8195
Mfr. Part No.AT132 Silver
TWD157.00
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Silver Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.17mm Rubber Resin 4 N/cm 18% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT132
RS Stock No. 176-9808
BrandRS PRO
TWD337.00
Each
units
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 (Service) °C, +10 (Application) °C -
RS Stock No. 905-4255
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD285.00
Each
units
Green Cloth Tape 15mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 909-3786
Mfr. Part No.5451 33mx50mm
Brand3M
TWD12,079.00
Each
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Brown Duct Tape 50mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.14mm Natural Rubber 3.1 N/cm 5% 176N/cm - +260°C -73°C -
RS Stock No. 885-5255
Mfr. Part No.T6912
Brand3M
TWD871.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 12mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 4.4 N/cm 5% 314N/cm Glass +200°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 188-2919
Mfr. Part No.309 50mmx66m
Brand3M
TWD71.00
Each
units
Brown Duct Tape 50mm 66m Polypropylene 0.05mm Acrylic 2.6 N/cm 154% 51N/cm - - - -
RS Stock No. 176-9809
BrandRS PRO
TWD337.00
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 (Service) °C, +10 (Application) °C -
RS Stock No. 885-5299
Mfr. Part No.T133915
Brand3M
TWD3,064.00
Each
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Transparent Cloth Tape 15mm 55m - 0.16mm - 3.8 N/cm 5% 481N/cm Glass +130°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 905-4270
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD397.00
Each
units
Blue Cloth Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 763-8977
Mfr. Part No.04651-00528-00
BrandTesa
TWD2,041.00
Each
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Red Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 905-4258
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD403.00
Each
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Red Cloth Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 139-2927
Mfr. Part No.Y389 white 25MMXM
Brand3M
TWD751.00
Each
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White Duct Tape 25mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Rubber Resin 8.8 N/cm 6% 78N/cm PE Coated - - -
New
RS Stock No. 206-4898
Mfr. Part No.8953 25mmX50m
Brand3M
TWD126.00
Each
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Transparent - 25mm 50m Polypropylene 0.1mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 787-3215
Mfr. Part No.361 50mm x 55M
Brand3M
TWD7,786.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 50mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.19mm Synthetic Rubber 4.2 N/cm 10% 80N/cm - +232°C -54°C -
RS Stock No. 832-6375
Mfr. Part No.HB 340 19mm x 33m
BrandHi-Bond
TWD1,892.00
Each
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Silver - 19mm 33m Non-Woven 0.04mm Natural Rubber 5.9 N/cm 5% 80N/cm - +150°C -30°C -
RS Stock No. 194-5860
Mfr. Part No.3044900
TWD585.00
Each
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Silver Duct Tape 48mm 8.2m Polyethylene 0.18mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 909-3789
Mfr. Part No.389 50mx100mm
Brand3M
TWD2,152.00
Each
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Black Cloth Tape 100mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Rubber 9 N/cm 5% 80N/cm Acrylic Coated +70°C -30°C -