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. 727-1303
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
€4.90
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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. 727-1300
Mfr. Part No.1900
Brand3M
€4.86
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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. 909-3770
Mfr. Part No.5453 50mmx33m
Brand3M
€349.64
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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. 840-9026
Mfr. Part No.1755-3/4X60FT
Brand3M
€9.54
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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. 909-3773
Mfr. Part No.5451 33mx19mm
Brand3M
€106.82
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Brown Cloth Tape 19mm 33m Glass Cloth, PTFE 0.14mm - 3.1 N/cm 5% 176N/cm - +260°C -73°C -
RS Stock No. 909-3786
Mfr. Part No.5451 33mx50mm
Brand3M
€333.72
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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
€24.05
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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. 763-8848
Mfr. Part No.8979 48mm x 54,8m
Brand3M
€27.35
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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. 885-5261
Mfr. Part No.T6925
Brand3M
€50.13
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White Cloth Tape 25mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 4.4 N/cm 5% 314N/cm Glass +200°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 885-5271
Mfr. Part No.T7912
Brand3M
€28.08
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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. 885-5268
Mfr. Part No.T6919
Brand3M
€38.11
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White Cloth Tape 19mm 33m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 4.4 N/cm 5% 314N/cm Glass +200°C 0°C -
RS Stock No. 625-4433
Mfr. Part No.21743
Brand3M
€63.29
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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. 787-3252
Mfr. Part No.389 25mm x 50M black
Brand3M
€16.34
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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. 655-0753
Mfr. Part No.21743
Brand3M
€94.95
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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. 787-3268
Mfr. Part No.4412 25mm x 16,5M
Brand3M
€27.05
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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. 236-7529
Mfr. Part No.Y-389 BLANC
Brand3M
€32.70
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White 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. 885-5230
Mfr. Part No.T2719
Brand3M
€41.88
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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. 885-5233
Mfr. Part No.T2725
Brand3M
€55.11
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White Cloth Tape 25mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 3.3 N/cm 5% 252N/cm Glass +150°C - -
RS Stock No. 885-5265
Mfr. Part No.T6930
Brand3M
€60.15
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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. 885-5237
Mfr. Part No.T2730
Brand3M
€66.14
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White Cloth Tape 30mm 55m Glass Cloth 0.18mm - 3.3 N/cm 5% 252N/cm Glass +150°C - -