Gaffer tape is an adhesive tape having extreme adhesive strength and tensile strength. It’s widely used in film, photography, theatre, radio, and television production, as well as industrial painting work. The adhesive property of this tape makes it suitable for use on a wide range of substrates, which includes wooden, plastic, fabric, metal and even ceramics. The thickness of the tape can be adjusted to make it more or less tape-like; for instance, a little bit of gaffer tape added to one edge of the tape will create a very thin layer over the other side.
How to choose Gaffer Tape and Its Types
Gaffer tape has several applications including use in stripping cables, seams and routing for better cable and duct tape control, protection of electrical components, repair of broken lines, and removal of moisture from surface areas. Some types of gaffer tape are also used for aesthetic purposes such as adding a touch of elegance to computer screens, printing pictures, or removing moldings and other marks from furniture. However, some types of gaffer tape have excellent electrical characteristics that make it suitable for electrical applications such as soldering. To remove the tape from one surface without causing any mess or damage, a special tape cleaning brush is needed.
There are different kinds of gaffer tape available in the market and they can be cleaned easily using ordinary white cotton cloths. However, due to the presence of moisture, excessive care should be taken while handling them. When gaffer tape gets wet, it should be allowed to dry up completely before handling them again. If this is not done, the tape will begin to peel off from its sticky backside and may even cause short-circuit in your electric wires. Therefore, it is important to handle gaffer tape in a proper manner so that it does not cause any damage to your electronic equipment or wires.