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Duct Tape Decoded: Pick the Right Tape for the Job
-Shurtape simplifies general purpose duct tape offering with 6 to 9 mil tapes for a range of jobs-
Invented during World War II for American soldiers who used it for everything from repairing broken windows and making temporary bandages to waterproofing ammunition cases, duct tape is – today – a staple in toolboxes, tool cribs, jobsites and more. Although durable in construction and versatile in use, the truth is…duct tape comes in many types and sizes. That’s why Shurtape Technologies, LLC, an industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of pressure-sensitive tapes, is helping 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. Shurtape’s general purpose duct tapes, ranging from 6 to 9 mils thick, offer a variety of must-have characteristics, including easy handling and tearability, good conformability, and good adhesion to a variety of surfaces. That offering includes:

• PC 6: An economy grade, 6 mil duct tape for non-critical, general use applications, including 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 for 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 for tasks in the restoration industry, such as holding poly-sheeting.

For added strength and durability, these general purpose duct tapes are 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. 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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Shurtape is an industry-leading producer of pressure sensitive tape products. We design, develop, and engineer our tape to meet the most exacting standards. Headquartered in North Carolina, we’re a privately owned company, with manufacturing plants in Hickory, Stony Point and Hudson, North Carolina. We’re also a world-leader with investments in eight countries on four continents – including a manufacturing plant in Toronto and converting plants in Germany, Mexico, Peru, United Arab Emirates and China. We look far and wide for opportunity – from growing globally to expanding our product offering.

We’ve been successful because of our emphasis on cultivating long-term relationships based on impeccable customer support. Some of our customers have been with us for 40 years. In addition to customer service, Shurtape stands for dependable quality, reliable performance and on-time delivery on each roll of paper, cloth, film, foil and specialty tapes. That’s what drives us. That’s our promise to you. We fulfill that promise by investing aggressively in manufacturing improvements, product design innovations, back-office technology, distribution – and in the people who have contributed to the company's growth and success.