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Why do Chinese film crews use strong duct tape as gaffer tape?

Posted on August 8th, 2022

Known as the super tacky and strong duct tape, SLAA Strong Duct Tape No. 140STR is a 140 mesh sun rayon cloth coated with a polyethylene resin on one side and a rubber based adhesive on the other.

Unlike other tapes, the 140 mesh cloth backing gives the tape its strength, yet allows it to tear easily and adhere to a variety of surfaces.

Strong Duct Tape
Gaffers Tape

SLAA duct tape No. 140STR has a glossy surface PE coating and a total thickness of 0.36mm. Adhesion is 4.70N/10mm. The factory didn’t consider this tape as a temporary adhesive tape when it was designed, but only considered the strong adhesive ability of the tape. This is a permanent tape, it will stick after it is removed. When duct tape is removed, there may be some residual adhesive left.

But in China, film crews use this tape as gaffer tape. Why they choose it without matte surface?

The answer is the following points:

1.They don’t use the tape in the light spot and in the area where the camera is shooting. They use the tape to pack film equipment and props.

2.Beijing winter temperature is very low, gaffer tape in the cold weather adhesion is very low. But SLAA strong tape keeps very good adhesion even at low temperature.

3.In winter film crews, you have probably heard crew members at one time or another with this statement. “The gaffer tape just doesn’t work. We need tape that’s efficient”. SLAA No.140STR heavy duty tape appeared out of nowhere and solved the crew’s complaints.

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