OutPak Resources stocks a wide range of adhesive tapes for a variety of applications.
Double Sided Tape
Double sided tape is used to stick two surfaces together with a neat finish. Usually the tape cannot be seen in the end because it has been placed between two products rather than on top of them. This makes it a great option for projects where aesthetics and a seamless result is important. Double sided tape is made by placing adhesive on both sides of the tape. The tape itself can be thin or thick, where the thick version is useful for creating a 3D effect by making signs etc stand out.
Masking tape is commonly known as painter’s tape, and with good reason. It is invaluable to painters as they mask off areas that are not to be painted. When the job is done, the gentle adhesion allows it to be pulled off without leaving any residue behind. Not all masking tape is suitable for painters, however, as a lower grade tape may allow paint to bleed under its edges creating a far from clean finish. There are many types and grades of masking tape for a variety of household and commercial applications.
Electrical tape is used for, but not limited to, a variety of electrical applications and the range of colours can be used to indicate the voltage and phase of the wire. It generally comes off cleanly and is able to be torn by hand and written on. As such it can be useful for labelling and temporary adhesion. Some types of electrical tape may simply be used to provide better grip on a surface or handle.
Strapping tape has high tensile strength and is commonly used to reinforce packages, bundle items and close inflexible boxes that are, for example, made out of corrugated fibreboard.
Also known as parcel tape or box-sealing tape, packing tape is most commonly used to close cardboard boxes. It is usually transparent or brown and can be applied quickly and easily using a tape dispenser gun. A quick cut through the tape and between the two cardboard joins down the centre and at each end is all it takes to reopen the box. OutPak Resources recommends taking care when cutting through the tape, to avoid damaging the contents of the box. If you don’t have a Stanley knife handy, a key or a pen will often do the job.
Gaffer Tape – What Makes it Different to the Rest?
Gaffer’s tape is made with an exceptionally strong adhesive on a fabric backing that will stick to almost anything. This makes it a likely option for someone who has no room for error. Situations where it has to stick at all costs. However, just as it adheres strongly to the surface it is applied to, it sticks even more tightly to the fabric it was joined to in the first place; the roll of tape. So, you pull off the tape and… voila! All the sticky residue comes with it for a thoroughly clean finish. Easy.
Lights, Camera, Action!
While everyone involved in film production is needed, the head electrician or “gaffer” as he is commonly called, plays a crucial part in the success of the film. Responsible for the implementation of all the lighting on set is no small task and begins long before the cameras start rolling. Set up is crucial. So many considerations. His tape is vital. Used to secure countless cables and label all kinds of equipment, it’s no wonder that the gaffer is rarely seen without his roll! Maybe that’s where gaffer tape got its name.
Strong Adhesive With Easy Removal and a Clean Finish
Film producers, for one, need a tape that is not going to let them down. Gaffer tape’s exceptionally strong adhesive properties does the job. Every time. And when it’s time to pull down the set and pack away all the cables, the tape comes off easily, leaving little or no residue on the surface. It’s a paradox. How can something that sticks so well come off so easily? It’s absurd. But it’s true.
Should You Be Using Gaffer Tape or Duct Tape?
Your choice of tape all comes down to what you want to achieve. OutPak Resources sells a range of cheap gaffer tape and duct tape. Both tapes have a very strong adhesive, but how long do you want it to stay on? If it’s a permanent fixture, duct tape will do the job and is the cheaper option. For temporary solutions we recommend gaff’s tape for its easy on, easy off properties. It’s strong. It’s effective. It’s gaffer tape.