I was at my local Walmart today and couldn't find real duct tape; found cheap imitation duck tape, which I accidently bought last summer, and which isn't worth poop. They did have gorilla tape. What say the experts?
Find decent duct tape or go with the gorilla.
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Gorilla vs Duct Tape|
Posted by: old_user on Oct-16-09 7:35 PM (EST)
I'm no expert, but I think Gorilla is stronger than Duct and it does not slowly slip as Duct does.
Duct tape, duct tape and more|
Posted by: jackl on Oct-16-09 7:36 PM (EST)
gorilla is great. NM|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Oct-16-09 9:08 PM (EST)
For dry bag patch...|
Posted by: booztalkin on Oct-16-09 10:29 PM (EST)
Duck tape works. Gorilla tape too stiff. Gorilla tape curled up at the edges and eventually flaked off. Duck tape still going strong. I know I should put a patch of vinyl over the hole. I even saved one dry bag that is unpatchable due to a split at the fold for patch material. But duck tape is so easy and works so well, there's no inspiration to patch.
Posted by: eckilson on Oct-17-09 4:31 AM (EST)
Had a piece covering a small crack on the bottom of my whitewater canoe for almost a year - tough stuff.
Posted by: captainsmollett on Oct-17-09 7:37 AM (EST)
For Duct Tape|
Posted by: redmond on Oct-17-09 8:25 AM (EST)
Get Nashua 357. Best Duct tape around. So sticky that it's hard to peel it off the roll. Great stuff if you need tough duct tape.
How about Hippo tape.|
Posted by: FrankNC on Oct-17-09 10:21 AM (EST)
It's new to me but I understand it can even work underwater. I have some on the way. Has anyone else tried it?
here's info on hippo -- haven't tried it|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Oct-17-09 11:07 AM (EST)
It looks like the "gutter tape"...|
Posted by: bnystrom on Oct-19-09 9:22 AM (EST)
...sold at home centers. It's a relative of the ice/water membrane material used on roofs, possibly even the same thing.
Duct tape can also be "welded" with|
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-17-09 11:04 AM (EST)
a hot iron to make multi-layered inside patches of poly boats. The patches are surprisingly durable. A friend I often see on the river had cracked his old Perception Dancer, and I told him about the layered, hot-iron, duct tape fix. He patched the crack once, and has been paddling on the patch for a couple of years.
3M 3939 Duct Tape|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Oct-18-09 11:56 AM (EST)
I have a roll of this in my boat at all times.
Posted by: ness on Oct-18-09 8:09 PM (EST)
Patched the cracked end cap on my Nova Craft Prospector, and patched a rip in my tent screen with it this season. So far, so good. Seems pretty strong to me but then, duct tape is "tried and true".
I saw some military-spec duct tape once|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Oct-19-09 10:56 AM (EST)
They call it "100-mph duct tape", and it was used to patch bullet holes in the outer skins of helicopters. That stuff is incredibly sticky. Like someone already said about a particular style of duct tape, it is incredibly hard just to get it off the roll. Once it's firmly pressed on for your repair, it's gonna stay.
Posted by: trilliumlake on Oct-19-09 1:17 PM (EST)
Normal duct tape, even the high-grade stuff, isn't waterproof. On our kayak trailers, I've found the top layer eventually separates from the fabric underneath, which exposes the glue side, so eventually both layers hang off in long, ugly strips.
Posted by: ctyaker on Oct-20-09 7:15 PM (EST)
NASCAR-tested "200 mph tape". As long as it's not the cheap stuff. I prefer the "cloth" duct tape, black. It doesn't flake unless you leave it out in the sun/snow/rain for a year or so.
Gorilla Tape Never Flakes|
Posted by: trilliumlake on Oct-20-09 10:07 PM (EST)