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No Good as Gaffers Tape - Leaves Residue
on September 20, 2012
I usually buy the 3M gaffers tape. This was less expensive and had terrific reviews, so I went with it.
I used it one time so far on a single photo shoot, and now I'm cleaning tape glue residue off everything I used it on, including my lights, stands, furniture and and props - everything. And I'm not talking about just a little glue - I mean a LOT of it - on everything it got used on.
And before you speculate that this was user error, yes, I know how to slowly remove gaffers tape to keep from leaving residue. I've been doing this for many, many years.
I'm just glad it happened in my own studio on stuff I own, rather than at a client's location and on stuff they own, which would have been a complete disaster!
That leftover tape glue residue makes it useless as true gaffers tape.
It also feels thinner / not as strong as the 3M gaffers tape I'm used to. I would call it black cloth-backed duct tape, rather than gaffers tape.
I won't scrimp again on price when buying gaffers tape.
If you plan to use this tape in a way where the tape never needs to be removed, it will probably work for you. But if you plan to use it as intended and then remove it after the shoot or event, stay away from this inferior product.