|Item Weight||6.7 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 4 x 5 inches|
|Item model number||2120-A|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||Duct Tape|
3M 2120-A 3M-2120A Duct Tape, 20 Yard, Clear
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- Breakthrough transparent tape with improved adhesive technology to create a long-lasting bond
- Great for repairing patio furniture, patching a leaky garden hose, regripping handles, crafts, automotive applications and moreSuitable for long-lasting repairs
- Premium strength for durability
- Tears vertically and horizontally for versatile application
- Water resistant for lasting performance
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More than a century ago, 3M started as a small-scale mining venture in Northern Minnesota, then named Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Now a powerhouse, our products improve the daily lives of people around the world.
But our success and longevity were not apparent from the start. We tried. We failed. We tried something new. Repeat cycle. Innovation and perseverance drove our founders, and it continues to drive 3Mers today.
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|Item Dimensions||5.00 x 4.00 x 5.00 inches||1080.00 x 1.88 x 4.76 inches||4.00 x 4.00 x 1.70 inches||4.60 x 2.00 x 4.60 inches||2.19 x 3.75 x 6.06 inches||6.00 x 6.00 x 2.00 inches|
Imagine the powerful adhesion of duct tape with a look that's practically undetectable. Now it's possible with 3M TRANSPARENT Duct Tape. Thanks to proprietary 3M Science, this transparent tape is exceptionally strong and lasts longer than other 3M heavy-duty gray duct tapes. Perfect for tough repairs like repairing patio furniture or patching a leaky garden hose, this heavy-duty tape is water resistant and stands up to direct sunlight. This tape hand tears, resists sticking to itself and adheres to a variety of surfaces, making it super easy to use on the job. Let your repairs fly under the radar without sacrificing performance with 3M TRANSPARENT Duct Tape.
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
- 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
- So transparent that finding where to start peeling the roll can be difficult
Do not use on flues, chimneys, mufflers, or tailpipes.
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Some of the uses I found for it:
Flower arranging. When I arrange flowers in a vase, I use transparent scotch tape to form a grid across the top to keep the flowers straight. For this event I had two large buckets (actually pretty trash cans that looked like giant vases) on either side of the door to hold over a dozen gladiolus each. Because the flowers are so large and heavy, I used this duct tape instead of scotch tape to form the grid. Worked perfectly.
When the cheap little portable speakers I had wouldn’t stay together- duct tape.
When I messed up the snap on back of a photo frame- duct tape (I was in a hurry and it was a one time use thing)
And when the narrow little cart I got for my Mom’s tiny laundry room was rickety (hey, it was a snap together thing- I didn’t think even I could mess it up)- duct tape. It may not look that great but the transparent isn’t too noticeable and it is a laundry room after all. And I have absolutely no worries about the tape failing- it's there for the long haul.
This isn’t transparent like scotch transparent tape- it has the threads running through it that give duct tape its phenomenal strength. So if you are expecting something that will disappear completely, you will be disappointed. And this didn’t seem quite as strong as the original but I didn’t put it to a major test so that is a completely subjective opinion. Other than that it was exactly like other duct tape. In spite of it's strength I was able to tear off strips without using scissors.
I may not worship duct tape but it is definitely something I keep handy. You just never know….
Other than that - it is duct tape. It feels like duct tape, it flexes like duct tape, it tears and cuts like duct tape, it sticks like duct tape. I'd call it duct tape.
My intended use was to tape down some circuit boards having surface mounted LEDs. I need to see those LEDs. This tape is almost perfect except for all the strings. Oh well. It's not like I have no other use for duct tape.
You know those back packs holes that appear in the bottom of your kid's back packs cuz they're too lazy to actually LIFT the backpack off the pavement? Yup. Fixes that too! Slap a piece on the outside and another on the inside...and tell them "NO!" when they ask for another backpack for the last 3 months of school. This would make a great baby shower gift.....or baby's first birthday gift. Or better yet, keep your stuff looking nice and new and just dont have kids! :) Totally kidding about that last sentence.....kind of.
I used this to tape down some frayed carpet edges to prevent it from fraying further while we look for a more permanent solution, and for that it seems to work alright.
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This product is great for more subtle sealing of intake / suction air leaks on wood or corrugated duct board, such as leaky or torn corners of Thermopan return air ducts when your original HVAC contractor was as incompetent as mine was.
It is sticky enough to be somewhat troublesome re: sticking to scissors when cutting, but is soft enough to be very conformable for air sealing. Being duct tape, "transparent" means it still has visible scrim / fibers in it vs being "clear". It’s kind of “light” version of 3M’s “extreme” strapping tape (bidirectional filament tape).
I’ve attached a pic of it being used to air seal pipe openings above a toe kick vent chamber.
If put on properly it is waterproof for holes in anything. Putting on warm and letting it cool down naturally works best.
It must be amazing for ducts ;)
Overall, I was not impressed with the performance or appearance.
and i am please with it..