Although durable in construction and versatile in use, duct tape comes in many types and sizes. To combat this issue, Shurtape Technologies, LLC recently announced that it has launched an effort to decode duct tape with a simplified general-purpose offering.

Considered the workhorse of the duct tape world, general-purpose duct tapes are designed for everyday use in a range of applications, from seaming, sealing, and bundling to repairing, holding, goosenecking, and more. According to Shurtape, its general-purpose duct tapes, ranging from 6-9 mils thick, offer a variety of beneficial characteristics, including easy handling and tearability, good conformability, and good adhesion to a variety of surfaces.

The company reports that its offering includes:

  • PC 6—an economy-grade, 6-mil duct tape for non-critical, general-use applications such as packaging, bundling, sealing, repairing, holding, and waterproofing
  • PC 7—a utility-grade, 7-mil duct tape that offers aggressive adhesion for sealing, seaming, repairing, holding, and waterproofing applications, even in cold temperatures
  • PC 8—a general-purpose grade, 8-mil duct tape with aggressive adhesion and cold temperature performance for sealing, seaming, repairing, holding, and waterproofing applications, as well as tasks in the restoration industry
  • PC 9—a contractor-grade repair duct tape that offers superior adhesion with excellent holding power for sealing, seaming, repairing, holding, and waterproofing applications, as well as tasks in the restoration industry such as holding poly-sheeting

For added strength and durability, these general-purpose duct tapes are reportedly constructed with Shurtape’s Polybonded CO-EX Technology®, a co-extrusion process during which polyethylene, cloth, and adhesive are melded together in a single, high-temperature step. According to the company, this method of duct tape construction delivers a seamless, airtight construction that adds strength and prevents delamination failures, particularly when the tape is subjected to repeated stress or weather elements.

“Understanding the differences between the various duct tapes available—and how to pick the best tape for the job—could be the deciding factor between a sloppy rework and a job well done,” said Kelly Patrick, product marketing manager for cloth and duct tapes at Shurtape. “It’s important to consider characteristics like thickness, adhesion, tensile strength, and even clean removability, to ensure excellent performance and superior results. But still, there are a number of options to choose from. That’s why we’re on a mission to decode duct tape with our easy-to-decipher general purpose line-up.”

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