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Gaffers Tapes are non-reflective, with a light tact leaving no residue, and are used to protect sound wiring or for bookbinding. They are flexible and pliable vinyl coated waterproof cloth tape with rubber based adhesive. Gaffer tapes are used to protect and secure electrical and sound writing, but they do not leave a residue. They are also used as bookbinding tape and for many other miscellaneous purposes. CDNT offers competitive prices and the largest selection of matte-finish Gaffer tapes for use in the arts and entertainment, photography and bookbinding industries. With excellent temperature resistance, adhesion, and clean removal these tapes meet the high standards required for industrial use.

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What is Gaffer Tape:

Gaffers tape is a variation of duct tape designed for temporary usage so to be used by production crews in television, motion pictures, concerts, and live shows, to tape down cables and other short-term set-ups. When gaffer tape is removed it does no harm to the surface it is applied to and does not leave any residue, as duct tape does. Gaffers tape can endure heat of at least 93 degrees Celsius. It’s cloth backing can be torn lengthwise to create thinner strips or crosswise to make smaller ones even without scissors or other cutting tools.

Gaffers tape is often confused with duct tape. It differs in the composition of both the backing and the adhesive. The backing is made from fabric and has a nice texture to it as opposed to vinyl or other plastic tapes. The adhesive is usually rubber based and is more resistant to heat, and is easier to remove without damaging the surface it is being used on. Gaffers tape is named for the gaffer crew that is on a film crew. When cables are taped down on a stage or other surface, either to prevent tripping hazards or conceal them from view of the audience or camera, they are said to be gaffed down.

A common application for gaffer tape is securing cables to a stage floor, podium, or wall, either for safety or concealment. It is also frequently used whenever a quick fix is required, from temporarily attaching fixtures or props, to salvaging a broken piece of production equipment. A narrow version of gaffer tape, called spike tape, is often used in theater productions for floor layout. The Gaffer’s matte finish keeps the tape from reflecting light so it blends in with a typical stage floor.

Gaffers Tape is sold in a variety of widths:

  • 1⁄4 inch to 4 inches in width
  • 1 inch and 2 inch widths are the most common

Gaffer tape is strong yet can be torn by hand, so no cutting tools are necessary, and it can easily be ripped into narrower strips when desired. The synthetic adhesive typically leaves little or no residue and will generally not damage most surfaces when it is removed. This is, however, more likely in warm conditions, so care must be used when considering whether a different type of tape would be more appropriate for a given application. Gaffer tape is usually more expensive than duct tape because it is manufactured in smaller quantities, has more exacting specifications, and is marketed for professional use.

For lighting crews, gaffers tape can be used to mark on stages where lights are to be aimed and to spot a piece of cloth to a wall for a headshot background.

In the absence of console tape or artist tape, live sound engineers or lighting board operators may use a strip of white gaffer tape along the bottom of a mixing board, to label the channels used for a particular show. Some sound crews use gaffers tape to fasten radio microphone belt packs to the actor’s back; other sound crews use gaffers tape to secure the positions of microphone stands.

On theater stages, using black or gray gaffers tape can be used to fasten props on shelves in a moving set. Black Gaffers tape can also provide black edges to tables, chairs, and other props. The gaff tape can also be used to soften clattering noises of shoes on stage. Photographers utilize gaff tape to label cameras and camera accessories and to avoid lens flickering in the backdrop. Photographers remedy light streaking through a camera’s viewfinder by taping gaffers tape over it.



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