The first time someone sees a roll of gaffers tape, their first response is quite often “how can a roll of duct tape be that expensive?”.
Gaffers tape is made from woven cotton cloth and has a high quality synthetic adhesive. Duct tape adhesive is made from organic latex rubber.
Why does this matter? The adhesive on true gaffers tape is designed to remove cleanly and not leave behind adhesive residue. It comes cleanly off whatever surface you use it on and leaves your cables clean and adhesive free.
The adhesive on duct tape can leave behind a sticky adhesive residue which can damage surfaces and cause adhesive residue buildup on cables and cords.
Woven cotton cloth means that gaffers tape will tear cleanly and can be cut to any length without cutting tools.
Tearing duct tape will usually lead to a ragged edge and will cause the tape to delaminate from the adhesive.
Gaffers tape has a matte (flat) finish which does not reflect much light. That makes it very useful on stages and sets where you don’t want to call attention to the tape. Duct tape has a vinyl top surface that is shiny and that makes in stand out in environments where you may not want the audience or the viewer to see it.
When all of the above is considered, it is easy to understand what gaffers tape is and why it is worth the price premium.
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47 North Chatham Pkwy.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517