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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
Cool "I know my duct tape better than you do" appearance.
The duct tape part, well, it claims to last 6x as long as traditional duct tape (the package says "based on accelerated aging tests").
After 2 days of rain, I inspected the window frame and I noticed that the tape was starting to peel off from the window.
I was going to buy some white duct tape but then I came across this.. So convenient having every color in one roll of duct tape. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Josh
This works well for what i use it for. It seems to hold very well. I would recommend it for a good basic duct tape.Published 21 days ago by Laurie E Perry
Not really transparent. It has plainly visible fibers running through it which make it non-transparent so I couldn't use it for applying it over labels like I bought it for.Published 29 days ago by Tdiddy
this has to be the strongest tape i have ever used. i can hand my school bag from the ceiling :OPublished 1 month ago by Richard Wells
Although the tape is clear, it is webbed with thread. Also, not very adhesive on skin, as compared with many other brands of DIY tape (e.g. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcin
Ive been looking around for clear duct tape for awhile to hold wires out of the way and such this tape works great at adhering to almost anything. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Drossmill06
Put this on my RV Awning. Cheaper than RV Tape, same as the RV tape but better priced and it's clear so doesn't stand out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicky in TN
This 3M Scotch Transparent Duct Tape is strong. It is reinforced with a fabric mesh. Nevertheless, the tape can readily be torn off the roll by hand. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Big Al
LOVE IT...especially that it's "transparent" instead of gray. You can still see it but it's not tacky like the gray tape.Published 1 month ago by Jill Wooten