Author Topic: Tape Comparison  (Read 3110 times)

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Saturday, Feb. 27th, 2016 10:57AM
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Tape Comparison
Everyone loved that Sparco tape. But not at $12-14 for a 6-pack.

I tried to find other tape that would do the job. If anyone has anything to add, please do.

So I went out to find other tape that was 2 mil and well reviewed. I failed. My comparison is below.

Presenting, this tape.

It looks and feels, unwrapped, just like Sparco tape! I was so excited! It says it's 2 mil, Sparco is 2.1, not bad right? Great reviews and even better price! Initial comp below:

Sparco vs this tape:


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Width is NEARLY the same. Which would make sense - 2 vs. 2.1 mil. Good sign so far!
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Weight of 6 wrapped rolls also very close:
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Unwrapping Sparco tape is a pain. The rolls don't separate easily and the plastic comes off in 8 pieces. Unwrapping this was super easy. Good sign too?

Single roll weight:
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... And they even look the same in photos. Good transparency and decent adhesive. However, this tape is very thin and light feeling. It moves easily with wind and flexes too easily. Like, when you touch it, it sorta wraps around your finger, vs. the Sparco which will stay a little more straight. It's nearly impossible to explain without being in person. There is something about Sparco tape that has a certain amount of "rigidity" in addition to the stickiness. Maybe the rigid feel is created by its adhesive.

This tape, on the LEFT above, feels like those regular cheap rolls you get on any bulk ebay buy. I have probably 100 of them in a box from before I got tired of taping everything twice and switched to Sparco when everyone else did. I can still use this tape for some stuff, and for backup, but for now, I'll continue to work off my Sparco stash. :(

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Monday, Feb. 29th, 2016 01:58PM
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Nice review.

HOWEVER,  I would have appreciated a more indepth exploration about the visceoelastic properties and friction coeffients as related to their respective physical and chemical properties. Then, if you might,  take into account the molecular adhesion coefficients vs. substrates that would be great. A consideration of the electrostatic forces here on Earth vs. Mars would also be nice.

thx.  AF

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Monday, Feb. 29th, 2016 09:23PM
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also do they work on leds and shower heads?

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Tuesday, Mar. 1st, 2016 10:58PM
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Link to poop tape?

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Friday, Mar. 4th, 2016 03:45PM
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017C3YQ3O?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

Purchase a case of this^. Very thin and doesn't come anywhere close to 2 mil thickness / sparco. Avoid

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Friday, Mar. 4th, 2016 06:50PM
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So looks like most 2.0 mil is bad. Sparco is 2.1. So how about this one?

http://www.amazon.com/Intertape-T901400-Acrylic-Carton-Sealing/dp/B00BT2H6LY/ref...

Intertape is a good brand. Anyone want to plop $35 down and see if it's any good?

EDIT: Just noticed it's only 55 yard, not 110 yard. So $2/roll is pretty much the same price Sparco is at right now. Might still be worth a try.

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Tuesday, May. 10th, 2016 10:25AM
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That Sparco tape is only 164 feet, i.e. 55 yards. Not the 110 yards as advertised on Amazon.

Additionally, all other tape purchased to find a comparable alternative was thought to be "2 mil", they all seemed to be noticeably thin compared to the Sparco brand. I think the problem lies with the Amazon listing or the Sparco labeling/branding. I think the Sparco tape is actually more thick than advertised/listed.

In either case, the Sparco tape isn't near as good of a deal as we originally believed.

The hunt continues...