|Item Weight||6.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 4 x 5 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||2120-A|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
3M Transparent Duct Tape, 2120-C, 1.88 Inches by 20 Yards
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2120-A Scotch Tough Duct Tape Transparent, 1.88 inch x 20 yard
Breakthrough 3M technology made this tape the first transparent duct tape on the market. It virtually disappears when applied, making repairs less obvious. Not just for indoor use, this tape lasts longer than other 3M heavy-duty gray duct tapes. With an improved adhesive formulation, it has high stick and excellent holding power.
- Patio furniture
- Home electronics
Breakthrough 3M technology makes this tape the first transparent tape on the market. It virtually disappears when applied, making repairs less obvious. Not just for indoor use, this tape lasts longer than other 3M heavy-duty gray duct tapes. With an improved adhesive formulation, it has high stick and excellent holding power. Use for discreetly repairing household items, repairing outdoor furniture, cosmetic auto repairs, hanging decorations and repairing home electronics.
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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The Bad: So far, I have no complaints, only a dry passenger seat, so I'm happy, but I'll be sure to update my review if this changes.
-Easy to apply
-Nice upgrade from regular duct tape
-None so far
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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….