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3M Scotch Transparent Duct Tape, 1.88-Inch by 20-Yard (2120-A)

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  • Transparent Duct Tape conforms to the surface its applied to; tears easily by hand
  • Utility-grade duct tape offers polyethylene-coated cloth with rubber adhesive and low-tack edges
  • Perfect for general maintenance, wrapping, sealing and protecting
  • Recommended Applications: Discretely repairing household items such as, Patio Furniture
  • Children's Toys
  • Decorations
  • Home electronics
  • Strong enough to tackle almost any repair project in or around the home, vehicle, boat, or job site
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Color White Silver Black Clear
Dimensions 5 inches x 5 inches x 4 inches 8.39 inches x 18.4 inches x 12.3 inches 4.38 inches x 4.38 inches x 1.88 inches 2.25 inches x 180 inches x 1.5 inches
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Technical Details
Part Number 2120-A
Item Weight6.4 ounces
Product Dimensions5 x 4 x 5 inches
OriginUSA
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Item model number2120-A
Size1 Pack
ColorWhite
Thickness 0.23 millimeters
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Required?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB0000DH8I8
Best Sellers Rank #1,013 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Scotch Transparent Duct Tape makes your repair less obvious. It will not fall apart in extreme temperatures or harsh UV conditions like other all-purpose duct tapes. High-performance duct tape is strong enough for most repairs around the home, vehicle, boat or job site. Tear easily by hand lengthwise and crosswise. Duct tape lasts six times longer than other heavy-duty duct tape.

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It's not often the word revolutionary can be associated with duct tape, that old, sticky standby used in plumbing repairs, hockey stick augmentation, and homeland security protection. By getting the gray out--and avoiding the "sore thumb" look of typical duct tape repairs--3M's Scotch Transparent Duct Tape can indeed lay claim to a revolution of the toolbox. But seeing through it is just the start. This duct tape can be easily torn by hand, is UV resistant, and, through accelerated weathering tests, has been shown to last six times longer than its old-school namesake.

Duct tape has been around since 1942 when the military needed a waterproof tape for sealing ammunition boxes. Originally colored green, it was referred to as "duck tape" due to its moisture resistance as well as its cotton duck construction--the same ribbed cloth used in bandages. After the war, it was adopted by contractors working in the booming housing industry, where it got its "duct" name for easily connecting heating and air conditioning ducts.

History's fine, but what can 3M's new, clear duct tape do for us? Virtually anything. First, we noticed its powerful stickiness--the roll itself adheres to just about any surface when laid on its side. As advertised, the tape was easily torn from the roll by hand with minimal force. 3M also seems to have ironed out one of the biggest complaints about duct tape: wrinkles. In our testing, we applied it repeatedly and evenly without the tape sticking to itself and without creating odd bumps and creases. And while the tape is rather sticky, it doesn't go overboard, easily lifting off surfaces when we needed it to and not leaving the tacky, viscous residue often found with other duct tapes.

As for its transparency, the tape blended well into just about any surface we applied it to. It was never "invisible" but did have the chameleon-like quality of reflecting the surface beneath it and only calling attention to itself when caught in direct light. Also, we placed bands of the tape over our computer monitor before writing this review (don't try this at home, kids). Peering through the fabric ribs was a nuisance, but we were able to compose the description you're now reading. How's that for transparency?

Our only complaint is that, as with most transparent tapes, finding where to start peeling the roll can be difficult. While this certainly isn't a showstopper, we did find a solution: mounting the roll onto a tape gun.

Tape, by its nature, is not a terribly exciting product (or topic). But 3M's Scotch Transparent Duct Tape is truly a tipping-point entrant, one that may someday become ubiquitous and banish gray duct tape to the nether reaches of our tool sheds, and memories. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • Transparent, easily blends into the surface background
  • Easily torn from the roll with minimal force
  • Sticky, but not too sticky
  • Adheres smoothly without wrinkles or creases
Cons:
  • So transparent that finding where to start peeling the roll can be difficult

Important Information

Safety Warning
Do not use on flues, chimneys, mufflers, or tailpipes.

Customer Reviews

With this tape you can fix anything that breaks because its freaking duct tape!!
Shahram Abbas
It worked great, and held up through 600 miles in the rain (not to mention the wind from 60 MPH on the freeway and the storm).
Lee Inness-Brown
Great for patching things and colors/designs still show through due to transparency, not like ugly silver duct tape.
Lisa L

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

270 of 275 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on September 21, 2010
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This is really great stuff! It's thinner and more flexible than regular duct tape. The adhesion is at least as good as Testa tape (decent quality duct tape). Finally, while not transparent it's clear enough to read even very small text through it, as the accompanying video shows.

BTW, I feel that honest, effective reviews, accompanied by detailed videos, can take the place of first-hand experiences that are often lacking in online shopping. I've always appreciated the help I've received from other reviewers and try to return the favor as best as I can. I hope you found this review helpful and the video at least entertaining. If there was anything you thought was lacking or unclear leave a comment and I'll do what I can to fix it.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Snap, Crackle and Pop on August 12, 2007
Everyone knows how useful a roll of duct tape is. But did you ever think how much more useful it would be if it didn't look so lousy? (I wish I had! Doh!)

They've had different color duct tape for a while - the white was handy for a lot of things. But that doesn't quite do it, and they don't make every color, and I'm not going to buy every color!

But the clear tape is almost like having a roll of every color - since it (somewhat) blends into whatever you use it for. So go ahead and use it on your running shoes, your childrens' books (to repair the spine or stick down the popups again), and so many other new uses.

I can't vouch that it lasts as long outside as they claim it does (6x longer). And it is expensive - this is just 20 yards. So as mentioned, when you're taping up ducts in the basement, you're still probably going to want to use silver duct tape.

The Amazon description above is pretty accurate and useful, if you want more info. By the way, to find the end ... just run your fingernail around the roll, you can feel the end. The tape is thick enough that works well enough.

For a few bucks, everyone should have a roll of this at home, you'll find a hundred ways to use it. Maybe not on ducts. Or ducks. But you'll use it.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Gray Eagle on August 26, 2011
I live along the Potomac River, and (naturally) we are subject to the flooding that accompanies hurricanes. Our town home living areas are well above the "100 Year Flood Plain" building requirements; however, our garage and den are on ground level. Flooding can ruin whatever is in the garage and den, and sandbags really don"t hold back the water. I replaced the garage overhead door with a steel one, and I bought several rolls of this transparent tape. as it has an excellent resistance to tear and moisture. So, when the flood warnings come, I shut the garage door and use this tape on both the outside and inside of the door to seal against water entering the garage. Simply stated - - IT WORKS! One roll takes care of all the sealing required on both the outside and inside, and I triple seal the width where the door meets ground. When flooding subsides, I just peel off the tape. Certainly beats sandbags for keeping out the water, and the steel door doesn't crack by being hit by floating logs and debris.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lee Inness-Brown on February 11, 2009
I used some of this stuff to attach a sheet of lexan as an emergency window repair after a rock broke a window in my RV while I was on a longish trip. It worked great, and held up through 600 miles in the rain (not to mention the wind from 60 MPH on the freeway and the storm). Didn't leak a drop, and the repair wasn't obvious at all. I like it!!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Rohrbach on July 4, 2009
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Latex free/Natural rubber free-great for those with latex allergies. Works great, even wet. Very strong.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Cooler on September 18, 2005
This is incredible stuff.

It has so much going for it:

1. It is duct tape. you all know what that means it can do.

2. Good quality adhesive. Some tapes have cheap, lousy adhesive, or stuff that will never come off (gooey). This is very strong, but comes off clean.

3. Clear! Can be used on the outside of things, so instead of using rolls to do surface to surface tapes, you can just run along the edge. Also helps if used as wart remover.

4. Long lasting outside, due to new formula.

5. tears well. Some cheaper stuff can't be torn easily, this is very nice.

6. Self sticking has been reduced; can acutally be salvaged from a self curl now.

Cons:

1. Quite expensive. I use two rolls, one this and one gray, then trade them off when clear is needed or not.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lyle W. Gray on November 16, 2011
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See Mr. Tobias video (in these reviews) for the look of the tape over printed material. I needed a tape that would adhere to platic containers in all temperatures in the garage, as my labels would not stick, especially in the winter. This tape did the trick. I also use it to seal the outside of storm windows during the winter.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Roberts on May 16, 2009
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I used this instead of my roll of gray duct tape. While it is less obvious than the gray, it also does not appear to adhere as well in indirect heat (and that can be a factor in Arizona). But, it is great indoors...I recommend it for indoors use!
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