That’s My Story-I’m Sticking To It

22 Jan

It’s a sticky subject.  The blog today is about tape.  Yes, different types of tape.  Be informed…I love tape.

It was the best gift that I got one Christmas…really…a shoe box full of different types of tape.  I treated the contents of the box as if it were gold!  It was a great collection of different types of tape.  It seemed to be the perfect gift since someone noticed that I used tape pretty often in my creative endeavors. 

Have you ever stopped to realize that there ARE so many different tapes used for many different purposes?  If you haven’t noticed, let me put you in the know of this sticky subject.  Starting with the most common and introducing you to names you may not be familiar with, I hope that you take away a bit of knowledge we’re on a roll now…

1.  Scotch Tape US brand name used for certain pressure sensitive tapes manufactured by 3M as part of the company’s Scotch brand.  The precursor to the current tapes was developed in the 1930s in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Richard Drew to seal a then-new transparent material known as cellophane. 

Use of the term “Scotch” in the name has an interesting origin.  A customer complained that 3M was manufacturing its masking tape too cheaply, and told company engineer Richard Drew to, “take this tape back to your stingy Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it.”  Scotty McTape, a kilt-wearing cartoon boy, was the brand’s mascot for two decades, first appearing in 1944.  The familiar plaid design, a take on the Wallace tartan, was introduced in 1945.  The Scotch brand and Scotch Tape are registered trademarks of 3M.

2.  Masking Tape:  Pressure sensitive tape  made of a thin and easy to tear paper.  It is available in a variety of widths.  Mainly used to “mask off” areas.  The adhesive is the key element to its usefulness, as it allows the tape to be easily removed without leaving residue or damaging surface areas.  The tape is available in several strengths, rated on a 1-100 scale based on strength of adhesive.

3.  Strapping Tape:  Monofilament and translucent tapes are polypropylene backed tapes reinforced with continuous polypropylene ribbing.  The adhesive is a very aggressive packaging grade adhesive, specially formulated to meet the high demands of securing  shipping containers.

4. Duct Tape:  Know as the Great American “Fix-All” tape,  it is a strong woven cotton cloth tape backed with polyethylene and coated with high tack adhesive.  Formed to be a waterproof seal, it is also making its qualities known in clothing and accessory designs (this is a whole additional blog topic to come)!

5.  Electrical Tape:  Made with slightly stretchy PVC vinyl.  Backed with a pressure sensitive rubber type adhesive.  It is available in a variety of colors and is perfect for protecting wire splices.

6.  Double Sided Tape:  Known in the crafting world as a common tape.  This tape has sticking power on both front and back. There is no need to roll up this tape into a loop.

7  Painter’s Tape: It is an adhesive tape that you use when painting to create straight lines and keep paint off trim, windows and accessories. Depending on the brand, it can be recognized as blue or green tape,  both are premium paper and unique UV-resistant adhesive formulas.  

8.  Gaffer’s Tape:  This tape is a strong, tough, cotton cloth  pressure sensitive tape with strong adhesive properties. It is used in theater, film and television productions as well as during live performances and any other kind of stage work.  It is similar to duct tape but  differs in that it can be removed cleanly because it uses a synthetic rubber adhesive rather than a natural rubber adhesive.  The more narrow version of gaffer tape is called  Spike Tape  it  is used in theatre productions for floor layout with the same matte finish it is ideal to also hold down cables, and won’t create a glare.

9.  Heat Shrink Tape:   Backed with dry adhesive that isn’t activated until heat is applied.  It can be used to prevent pipe corrosion.  This tape is a tough, versatile, heat-shrinkable polyester tape used in the electrical, defense, aerospace and advanced composite industries.

10.  Fire Tape:  This type of tape is a no-mess substitute for joint compound used for making a firewall to fill the seams between panels.  Fire stopping joint compound tape is rated 1-2 hours of fire protection.

11. Loctite Power Grab Tape:   This tape holds 100 pounds easily.  It is UV resistant, waterproof and holds items like doorknockers, address plaques, coat hooks, and framed pictures as examples. 

12  Silicone Tape:  This tape combines structural ribbon material with adhesive coating.  It’s not used to stick one object to another, like the tape types I have mentioned above.  Instead, it used in a wrap-style application stretched and overlapped.  Sort of like the wrap used in sports that “sticks” to itself, it’s another type of cool tape.

There you have it, many types of tape.  Believe it or not there are even more types out there to learn about. I thought that I would stop here and allow you to continue your curiosity  about tape and how we use it.




2 Responses to “That’s My Story-I’m Sticking To It”

  1. clubcreativestudio January 23, 2011 at 9:31 PM #

    My list got longer to reach nearly 25 for different types of tape out there. My family laughs at me to have an interest in tape. They’ll learn to be more appreciative the next time they ask for tape from me.

  2. Kama January 23, 2011 at 1:07 AM #

    What a great post. I often use tape in my creative projects too. We don’t often stop to think of how many different products are available to us. I also love it when people give me paper of various shapes, sizes and textures. It opens up a whole new creative world. Happy Creating!

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