What should I look for in a good gaffer's tape, and where is a good online source/price?
February 11, 2010 6:07 AM   Subscribe

What should I look for in a good gaffer's tape, and where is a good online source/price?

I'm looking at gaffer's tape primarily for strength and no-residue peel-off. I assume though that the generic term "gaffer's tape" covers a wide range of qualities and brands. Anybody out there know what to look for in a good quality gaffer's tape, and/or have specific brand and online store recommendations? Looking for best bang for my buck, with primary concerns again being strength and no-residue peel-off (recognizing that those two goals might be somewhat at odds?). Thanks!
posted by Jim Biancolo to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
toursupply.com has some in tons of colors. It's really expensive though.
posted by knowles at 6:21 AM on February 11, 2010

TESA tape. Best fit for your description that I can think of. Super strong, and excellent for residue removal.
posted by Brockles at 6:23 AM on February 11, 2010

We use this at work.
Good stuff, with the caution that it sticks to itself very easily, so must be applied carefully. It leaves no residue and is pretty strong. We use it to tape down electrical cords that might trip people.
posted by cosmicbandito at 6:25 AM on February 11, 2010

I was going to suggest tapebrothers.com. But toursupply.com has a better price on the Pro-Gaff brand stuff. $13/roll is pretty good (if it's a 60 yard roll).

Rose Brand seems to have a nice price, too. Never used that site, though.
posted by paanta at 6:33 AM on February 11, 2010

Tip tape used by fencers (the sport, not the yard enclosure) is pretty much the same thing as gaffers tape. Absolute Fencing is one place to get it.
posted by COD at 6:55 AM on February 11, 2010

I've used Pro-Gaff at work before and it works very well. It has the little strings in it to make it stronger and easier to rip straight across. I can't speak to the price though, never had to purchase it for myself.
posted by DJWeezy at 7:38 AM on February 11, 2010

Response by poster: Fantastic, thanks for the suggestions, folks!
posted by Jim Biancolo at 12:46 PM on February 11, 2010

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