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
TWD998.00
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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. 184-8201
Mfr. Part No.4411N
Brand3M
TWD985.00
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Neutral Duct Tape 50mm 5.5m Ionomer 1mm Acrylic 26 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +150°C +90°C EXTREME SEALING 4411
RS Stock No. 655-0753
Mfr. Part No.21743
Brand3M
TWD3,863.00
1 Lot of 2
Lot(s)
Transparent - 19mm 16.5m UHMW Polyethylene 0.17mm Rubber 28 N/cm 275% 28N/cm Gloss +107°C -34°C Scotch 5421
RS Stock No. 236-7456
Mfr. Part No.361X25,4
Brand3M
TWD3,382.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 25mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.17mm Silicone 4.2 N/cm 7% 256N/cm - +232°C -54°C Scotch 361
RS Stock No. 625-4433
Mfr. Part No.21743
Brand3M
TWD2,291.00
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. 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. 184-8203
Mfr. Part No.4411B
Brand3M
TWD1,164.00
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Black Cloth Tape 50mm 5.5m Ionomer 1mm Acrylic 30 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +150°C +90°C EXTREME SEALING 4411
RS Stock No. 787-3268
Mfr. Part No.4412 25mm x 16,5M
Brand3M
TWD979.00
Each
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Translucent Duct Tape 25mm 16.5m Ionomer 2mm Acrylic 32 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +149°C +10 EXTREME SEALING 4412
RS Stock No. 885-5237
Mfr. Part No.T2730
Brand3M
TWD2,394.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 30mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 3.3 N/cm 5% 252N/cm Glass +150°C - -
RS Stock No. 236-7490
Mfr. Part No.Y-389 JAUNE
Brand3M
TWD1,193.00
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Yellow Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Synthetic Rubber 9 N/cm 6% 80N/cm PE Coated +70°C -30°C -
RS Stock No. 885-5265
Mfr. Part No.T6930
Brand3M
TWD2,177.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 30mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 4.4 N/cm 5% 314N/cm Glass +200°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 787-3252
Mfr. Part No.389 25mm x 50M black
Brand3M
TWD596.00
Each
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Black Duct Tape 25mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Synthetic Rubber 9 N/cm 6% 80N/cm PE Coated +70°C -30°C -
RS Stock No. 727-1303
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
TWD186.00
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 VALUE DUCT 1900
RS Stock No. 909-3770
Mfr. Part No.5453 50mmx33m
Brand3M
TWD12,655.00
Each
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Brown Cloth Tape 50mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.21mm - 5.6 N/cm 5% 306.5N/cm - +260°C -73°C -
RS Stock No. 885-5230
Mfr. Part No.T2719
Brand3M
TWD1,516.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 19mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 3.3 N/cm 5% 252N/cm Glass +150°C - -
RS Stock No. 885-5224
Mfr. Part No.T2709
Brand3M
TWD718.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 9mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 3.3 N/cm 5% 252N/cm Glass +150°C - -
RS Stock No. 885-5252
Mfr. Part No.T6909
Brand3M
TWD683.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 9mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 4.4 N/cm 5% 314N/cm Glass +200°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 139-2926
Mfr. Part No.Y389 silver 38MMXM
Brand3M
TWD1,114.00
Each
units
Silver Duct Tape 38mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Rubber Resin 8.8 N/cm 6% 78N/cm PE Coated - - -
RS Stock No. 787-3262
Mfr. Part No.4412 50mm x 16,5M
Brand3M
TWD1,952.00
Each
units
Translucent Duct Tape 50mm 16.5m Ionomer 2mm Acrylic 32 N/cm 400% 23N/cm Ionomer +149°C +10 EXTREME SEALING 4412
RS Stock No. 909-3777
Mfr. Part No.5451 33mx25mm
Brand3M
TWD6,371.00
Each
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Brown Duct Tape 25mm 33m Glass Cloth, PTFE 0.14mm - 3.1 N/cm 5% 176N/cm - +260°C -73°C -