where to buy gaffer tape?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by peter, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Could someone suggest a good source (mail order or national chain stores)
    for gaffer tapes? I read on the web that gaffer tapes differ in quality. How
    do I find good quality ones?
    peter, Jan 25, 2006
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    Bob Ford Guest

    It would be helpful to know your geographic location.

    I am in the S.F. Bay area and I buy my gaffers tape from
    DTC Stage & Studio Supply. They are in Emeryville, CA and their phone
    number is 510.595.3456

    I use 2" wide, black, economy grade made by Permacel. There are more
    expensive grades and I have used them but the economy works fine for
    my purposes.Bob Ford
    Images In Motion
    Bob Ford, Jan 25, 2006
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    Check www.tapemonster.com.

    They have the best "everyday low prices" I've found on quality product.

    Steve Guidry, Jan 25, 2006
  4. Bob's right. Where are you?
    And permacel works just fine.
    Also, how much do you need? One roll with shipping won't save you
    A couple of rolls will give you a little break.
    Check places like

    Bill F.
    Bill Farnsworth, Jan 25, 2006
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    peter Guest

    I'm in seattle. There are professional photo stores around here; I just
    wonder if other types of store may carry this stuff.

    I only need one or two rolls of 2-inch by 60 yards.
    peter, Jan 25, 2006
  6. "peter" wrote ...
    I buy mine locally at Pacific Grip & Lighting here in PDX,
    but they have a location in Seattle also. They are probably
    the largest grip/rental/supplies vendor in the Northwest.
    Richard Crowley, Jan 26, 2006
  7. Not really.
    Glazer's Camera Supply
    Optechs, off of Fairview and Harrison ...... I think.

    You might also try Boeing Surplus for something a little different.
    (Call first) They use to have an interesting assortment of adhesive

    Bill F.
    Bill Farnsworth, Jan 26, 2006
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    Ryan Boni Guest

    I order all of my Gaffers tape from Markertek (www.markertek.com).
    I've used different brands (Permacel, TecNec) on different jobs
    throughout the years and have to admit that I haven't seen a whole lot
    of difference between them, just as long as you remember that gaffers
    tape is meant to be on temporarily!!! It doesn't take too long before
    it starts to leave a sticky residue like duct tape.

    I'm sure we've all, at one time or another, had to pull a piece of
    gaffers tape of off something (a cable, piece of equipment, etc.) that
    somebody decided to leave stuck in place for months on end...not a fun

    When I first started at my current job, I had to go through a lot of
    bottles of Goo Gone, to clean up cables and other equipment that had
    melted-long-ago pieces of gaffers tape on them!!!

    Ryan Boni, Feb 15, 2006
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    doc Guest

    why not just use "duct tape" from lowes or wal-mart, it works great for us
    and it's as cheap as they come. i mean reeeeeeeal cheap :eek:) btw, it comes
    in gray, black, blue, white, and others . . just their a buck more maybe

    doc, Feb 16, 2006
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    Bob Ford Guest

    I guess I can assume that you don't mind having sticky shit all over
    your cables.
    Glad I don't have to coil them up :-^)Bob Ford
    Images In Motion
    Bob Ford, Feb 16, 2006
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    peter Guest

    One theatre explicitly say no duct taping anything to their facility. Since
    I wanted to attach a tripod to their handrail, I had to use gaffer tape.

    I ended up buying two rolls from ebay and they arrived just in time. Saved
    my day.
    peter, Feb 16, 2006
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    The adhesive binds to the hard surface with more grip than it exerts on the
    cloth part of the tape. As a result, you leave behind sticky tape residue.

    Not so with real gaffer's tape.

    Steve Guidry, Feb 17, 2006
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    Jul 2, 2014
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    Where to buy Gaffers tape

    There is a great line of colors and sizes from ProTapes available on Amazon. You can just search for ProTapes Gaffers tape. 1", 2", 3", 4" in multiple colors and can even buy full cases if you use a lot.
    BillyGrr, Jul 2, 2014
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