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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
I have five or six types of duct tape, but not until I bought this one did I find one that is as easy to use and at the same time as durable and lasting. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by J. Backman
If you are looking for a stronger duct tape, this is for you. Extremely durable. I can highly recommend this tape.Published 9 days ago by J. Kaplan
I give this tape 3 stars because it is good, strong duct tape, but it is not really transparent. While the tape itself is relatively transparent (not completely) the strings that... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mark W. Dickson
It's more of a clear tape with the usual lines of the fibers of duct tape clearly visible. It does not blend into whatever you are taping over as I would have thought it would.Published 14 days ago by John
this item i recomender beacuse is do the job very good super strong material for any job you do specialPublished 14 days ago by kelvin
I bought this to fix a broken toy alligator's tail. The tape does its job but it's not really transparent. Read morePublished 15 days ago by City Dweller
I mean, just how often do you really NEED a transparent tape, that's as tough as DUCT TAPE? But SCOTCH has hit this one out of the park! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Tim Barry
Duct tape is not terribly exciting but when you need it you need it. This is duct tape not sealing tape,completely different and it really is transparent,I bought it to fix a hole... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Blue Jacket
a plastic shelf in my refrigerator had a break in it..I have an extended warranty but the general idea from the seller of that warranty is that as long as it keeps stuff cool, it's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. RUSSELL