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Gaffers Tape vs Spike Tape

Posted on June 4th, 2023

Gaffers Tape

Colored gaffers tape is manufactured in many colors with matte surface cloth coated. It is a single-faced adhesive tape of polyethylene (PE) laminated spun rayon cloth backing which is coated by rubber pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA). The various colored gaffers tape’s surface is matte-finished, and diffuses light reflection.

Colored Gaffer tape use for Film & television production, and also use for theatre, concerts, live shows. So it’s also named Gaff tape, Stage tape.

In Film Industry, Production crews in television, motion pictures, concerts, and live shows, use gaffers tape to fix cables, carpets and other short-term set-ups.

On stages, using matte black gaffers tape can provide black edges to tables, chairs, and other props; it can be used to hide cables from the view of the audience or camera; and soften clattering noises of shoes on stage; and it is used to fasten props on shelves in a moving set.

Gaffers Tape vs Spike tape


Spike Tape

Spike tape is used to create a stage marking called a spike. It is a special gaffers tape. Spike tape may also be fluorescent so that it can be easily seen by the running crews moving set pieces during a dark scene change.

Fluorescent Spike tape use for a film & television production or stage spike tape, as a marking around the stage. The film crew or stage management team usually use two pieces of tape laid in an “X” shape. This marking is used to show the correct position for set pieces, furniture, actors and other items which move during the course of a performance and are required to stop or be placed in a specific location.

Fluorescent spike tape use for a labeling tape on light control board, DJ mixing board, audio mixer. It is also called DJ tape. It helps DJ mark where certain tracks, or certain parts of the track start. 

Some sound crews use fluorescent spike tape to fasten radio microphone belt packs to the actor’s back; other sound crews use fluorescent spike tape to secure the positions of microphone stands. The fluorescent spike tape use for marking the microphone. Different actors easily and quickly identify which microphone they should use in the dark light environment.

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