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. 176-545
Mfr. Part No.AT293
TWD287.00
Each
units
Silver Cloth Tape 50mm 10m PE Cloth 0.3mm Rubber Resin 4.5 N/cm 30% 75N/cm Gloss +110°C -50°C Closure Plate Tape
RS Stock No. 176-9809
BrandRS PRO
TWD341.00
Each
units
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. 137-1047
Mfr. Part No.712-10003 HTAPE-PROTECT250-PET-BK
TWD201.00
Each
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Black Cloth Tape 19mm 25m - 0.25mm - - - - - +150°C -40°C -
RS Stock No. 763-8968
Mfr. Part No.04651-00525-00
BrandTesa
TWD1,020.00
Each
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Red Duct Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.31mm Synthetic Rubber 3.3 N/cm 13% 100N/cm Acrylic Coated +130°C - -
RS Stock No. 905-4185
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD251.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 12mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 885-5261
Mfr. Part No.T6925
Brand3M
TWD1,843.00
Each
units
White Cloth Tape 25mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 4.4 N/cm 5% 314N/cm Glass +200°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 206-4899
Mfr. Part No.8953 50mmX50m
Brand3M
TWD265.00
Each
units
Transparent - 50mm 50m BOPP, Glass Fibre 0.1mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 194-5859
Mfr. Part No.3044300
TWD1,485.00
Each
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Black Duct Tape 73mm 27m PE Cloth 0.42mm - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 905-4251
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD312.00
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. 194-5857
Mfr. Part No.3044100
TWD344.00
Each
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Clear Duct Tape 25.4mm 1.52m PE Cloth - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 236-7507
Mfr. Part No.Y-389 NOIR
Brand3M
TWD1,212.00
Each
units
Black 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. 787-3262
Mfr. Part No.4412 50mm x 16,5M
Brand3M
TWD1,983.00
Each
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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. 409-3602
Mfr. Part No.AT2002
TWD982.00
Each
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White Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.23mm Rubber Resin 6 N/cm 45% 38N/cm Gloss +60°C -10°C -
RS Stock No. 727-1303
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
TWD186.00
Each
units
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. 146-6829
BrandRS PRO
TWD130.00
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. 341-8448
TWD709.00
1 Reel of 50 Metre(s)
Reel(s)
Grey Cloth Tape 50mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C AT160
RS Stock No. 905-4166
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD403.00
Each
units
White Cloth Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 905-4188
Mfr. Part No.AT160
TWD403.00
Each
units
Black Cloth Tape 25mm 50m Fabric 0.33mm Natural Rubber 3.5 N/cm 8% 85N/cm Matt +80°C -50°C -
RS Stock No. 885-5224
Mfr. Part No.T2709
Brand3M
TWD730.00
Each
units
White Cloth Tape 9mm 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
TWD1,212.00
Each
units
Yellow Duct Tape 50mm 50m PE Cloth 0.26mm Synthetic Rubber 9 N/cm 6% 80N/cm PE Coated +70°C -30°C -