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. 763-8848
Mfr. Part No.8979 48mm x 54,8m
Brand3M
TWD1,014.00
Each
units
Grey 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. 373-1577
BrandRS PRO
TWD348.00
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. 111-6734
Mfr. Part No.AT132 Black
TWD221.00
Each
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Black Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.17mm Rubber Resin 4 N/cm 18% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT132
RS Stock No. 905-4270
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD403.00
Each
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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. 840-9026
Mfr. Part No.1755-3/4X60FT
Brand3M
TWD319.00
Each
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Black Cloth Tape 19.1mm 18m Cotton 0.33mm - 4.3 N/cm - 81.9N/cm Rubber +80°C - -
RS Stock No. 494-528
TWD269.00
1 Reel of 25 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
White 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. 408-9524
Mfr. Part No.AT293
TWD758.00
Each
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Silver Cloth Tape 50mm 25m PE Cloth 0.3mm Rubber Resin 4.5 N/cm 30% 75N/cm Gloss +110°C -50°C Closure Plate Tape
RS Stock No. 625-4433
Mfr. Part No.21743
Brand3M
TWD2,327.00
Each
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Transparent - 25mm 16.5m UHMW Polyethylene 0.17mm Rubber 28 N/cm 470% 526N/cm Gloss +107°C -34°C Scotch 5421
RS Stock No. 905-4273
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD285.00
Each
units
Red Cloth Tape 15mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 146-7416
BrandRS PRO
TWD409.00
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. 727-1300
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
TWD182.00
Each
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Black Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.17mm Rubber 6 N/cm 20% 28N/cm - +93°C +4°C VALUE DUCT 1900
RS Stock No. 194-5860
Mfr. Part No.3044900
TWD609.00
Each
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Silver Duct Tape 48mm 8.2m Polyethylene 0.18mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 341-8460
TWD486.00
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Silver Duct Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.20mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C AT170
RS Stock No. 885-5252
Mfr. Part No.T6909
Brand3M
TWD693.00
Each
units
White Cloth Tape 9mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 4.4 N/cm 5% 314N/cm Glass +200°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 146-6828
BrandRS PRO
TWD130.00
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. 885-5271
Mfr. Part No.T7912
Brand3M
TWD973.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 12mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.17mm - 3.3 N/cm 5% 262N/cm Glass +150°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 163-4726
Mfr. Part No.2903 silver 48MMX50M
Brand3M
TWD222.00
Each
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Silver Duct Tape 48mm 50m Fabric - - - - - - - - Scotch SUPREME
RS Stock No. 176-9809
BrandRS PRO
TWD341.00
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. 768-2567
Mfr. Part No.04613-00029-00
BrandTesa
TWD237.00
Each
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White Duct Tape 48mm 50m PE Cloth 0.18mm Natural Rubber 4.1 N/cm 15% 30N/cm PE Laminated +93°C - Tesa 4613
RS Stock No. 724-3673
Mfr. Part No.AT6210
TWD371.00
Each
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Orange Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.22mm Rubber Resin 3.7 N/cm 20% 35N/cm Gloss +65°C -50°C -