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10 Best Waterproof Tapes & Ultimate Buyer’s Guide 2019

I’ve always been of the opinion that if you can’t fix it with a good strong tape, there is no point in fixing it, but in order for that to hold true, you need to invest in good, sticky, long-lasting and overall best waterproof tape.

Not all such tapes are created equal, you need one that is exceptionally durable, can be ripped easily by hand and is most definitely waterproof depending on the job at hand. This makes choosing a good tape more difficult than I originally thought.

The products that I am about to review come from a trial and error basis to give you the best chance of choosing a product that is fit to use in your everyday life for a variety of reasons.

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Product Name

Item Weight (oz)

Dimension (in)

Color

Price

GafferPower Real Premium Grade Gaffer Tape

0.64

4.8 x 4.8 x 2

Black

RockTape Original Water-Resistant Kinesiology Tape

3.88

3 x 2.2 x 3

Beige

Gorilla Crystal Clear Duct Tape

3.68

2.2 x 3.8 x 6.1

Clear

Tape Ninja Waterproof Gaffer Tape

14.1

4.8 x 2 x 4.8

White


3M Transpore Clear 1-Inch Wide First Aid Tape

0.64

5.4 x 2.6 x 1.5

Clear

X-Treme Tape TPE-X36ZLB Silicone Rubber Self Fusing Tape

7

432 x 1 x 0

Black

Nexcare Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape

7.2

2.56 x 0.98 x 2.56

Aqua

Durapore Medical Silk Tape

1.6

3.1 x 2.5 x 0.5

White

ProTapes Pro Flex Flexible Butyl All Weather Patch and Shield Repair Tape

1.5 pounds

12 x 12 x 12

White

TradeGear Electrical Flame Retardant & Waterproof Tape

3.2

7.9 x 2.8 x 2.5

Multicolored


The Best 10 Waterproof Tapes On the Market

 1. GafferPower Real Premium Grade Gaffer Tape

The Real Premium Grade Gaffer Tape comes in an array of colors and is a good size at 30 yards in length. The multiple color selection is a brilliant feature as it means you can pick one for literally any job! The non reflective surface means the tape can be used in a variety of ways, from disguising cables to fixing damage furniture.

It won’t tear paint off walls, whilst its adhesive is super strong; it is gentle enough to leave paint intact. The adhesive used isn’t over sticky and is gentle enough not to cause any damage.

Another benefit of this tape is that it is really easy to tear by hand, which is what you need in a gaffer tape. You don’t want to be having to carry around a Stanley blade every time you need to cut tape off.  

Things We Liked

  • Can purchase in an array of colors
  • Won't damage paint when you remove
  • Non reflective surface so can be used to repair furniture
  • Good length and width on reel
  • Easy to tear by hand so no need to carry around blades

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Adhesive may not be evenly distributed across the length of the tape
  • Not as thick as other tapes on the market

 2. RockTape Original Water-Resistant Kinesiology Tape

RockTape is a specialist Kinesiology tape, meaning it is designed to put on parts that move. The Rocktape has been specially designed to go on the skin of athletes who have sustained an injury. The idea behind kinesiology tape, is that it lifts the skin up and away from the damaged and swollen muscle allows the lymphatic ducts to clear the affected area.

This tape is very strong, versatile tape, it gives the affected area exceptional support when applied correctly. As it has been developed for use on skin, the adhesive is very gentle, however it doesn’t reduce the ability for the tape to stick to itself and stick to skin. The tape is very good at building layers on itself to provide support to damages areas. It is also light and breathable, even when layered.

This one is waterproof and breathable, this means that it can stay on your skin for almost three days! The waterproof aspect of it helps if you are continuing to work out through your injury or enjoying saunas or spas!

Things We Liked

  • Durable and versatile
  • Sticks well to skin and itself
  • Completely waterproof and Breathable
  • Specially well for building layers
  • Perfect support for damaged areas

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Must follow manufactures guidelines for removing tape from body
  • Edges of tape can catch and peel if care isn’t taken

 3. Gorilla Crystal Clear Duct Tape

The crystal clear duct tape by Gorilla is a staple to any household. The adhesive is gorilla’s patented technology and is unbelievably strong when applied to itself, rough surfaces, smooth surfaces and uneven surfaces.

Whilst this tape cannot be torn by hand, I do recommend that you use scissors, it is so strong that it can temporarily fix small leaks whilst you run out to get supplies to fully repair the problem.

The fact that it is crystal clear means that you can fix screen doors, car lights, canopies or anything else that you can think of that needs a clear repair. It is almost impossible to see once you have put this tape on. This tape also doesn’t turn yellow when exposed to UV, the strength of the adhesive doesn’t diminish, and it doesn’t roll up at the corners. All in all this is a seriously strong, long lasting durable tape.

Things We Liked

  • Clear so can be applied to almost anything and look invisible
  • Strong and adhesive
  • Water and UV resistant
  • Perfect to fix screen doors or car lights 
  • Will attach to most surfaces

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Rolls are small
  • Need a blade to cut the tape rather than tear

 4. Tape Ninja Waterproof Gaffer Tape

Ninja waterproof gaffer tape prides itself on being more flexible and leaving less residue than other well-known brands. It has a very high tensile strength and will effectively tape cables or items to surfaces and keep them there.

It has less adhesive on its surface than other brands, meaning that it is easier to peel off once you have finished. It also means that it doesn’t leave any adhesive residue on the surfaces! The surface of the tape has been designed so that it doesn’t reflect light, meaning it is a good choice for lighting rigs and indoor set work, given its high tensile strength.

Whilst the Ninja tape is very strong and durable, it is not as waterproof as others that are available. It can hold up well with water for a short time, but after prolonged exposure, the edges of the tape begin to curl, and it loses its adhesive strength.

Things We Liked

  • High tensile strength
  • Durable and versatile
  • Easy to tear
  • Doesn’t ruin the finish on walls
  • Good adhesive and flexible

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Ideal for use inside only
  • Doesn’t hold up well when introduced to water or rain

 5. 3M Transpore Clear 1-Inch Wide First Aid Tape

This first aid tape is essentially medical grade duct tape. This tape can be used to fix car blinkers or wound dressings. As it is first aid tape, the width is very narrow at 1-inch, but it isn’t designed to be used onset or as a home owner go to. Unlike other tapes, you aren’t able to tear this tape and will need scissors to cut it.

The adhesive is exceptional, it will stick to itself, washed skin, unwashed skin, dressings, clothes, hair, you name it, it’ll stick to it. However, you need to be prepared to be careful when removing it, especially from skin. The adhesive is very powerful and will remove hair with it and if you haven’t bathed the tape off, skin can come away with it too.

Although it doesn’t state anywhere that it is water resistant, the tape holds up exceptionally well under these conditions. When it is used to hold a dressing against a wound, it will stay fixed, irrespective of how sweaty the area becomes. You can also run a small flow of water over the tape and it wont move. It is a very good tape that sticks well to itself and everything else.

Things We Liked

  • Super strong and adhesive
  • Medical grade tape
  • May use it for car blinkers
  • Sticks well to itself and everything else
  • Perfect for versatile uses

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Only available in a width of 1 Inch
  • Can cause mild skin damage if manufactures instructions on removal aren’t followed

 6. X-Treme Tape TPE-X36ZLB Silicone Rubber Self Fusing Tape

The X-Treme silicone rubber tape is a specialized tape that should be kept in the ‘emergency’ bag at all times. The innovative design of the X-Treme Tape is that its tensile strength is rated at over 700 PSI, which is enough to stop most mild household leaks dead in their tracks. 

The self-fusing nature of the tape means that once it’s on, it’s on. From that point, it isn’t going anywhere and if you have made a mistake you need a seriously sharp blade and some patients to correct it! The self-fusing nature of the tape means that you don’t have to battle strong adhesive.

As the tape is made of silicone, it is exceptionally water and weather resistant. There are also no rigidity or flexibility issues with a large change in temperatures. The tape is resistant to temperatures between -60F to 500F, it will not melt or break. It is also safe to repair cables as it insulates up to 400 volts.

Things We Liked

  • Weather resistant
  • No sticky adhesive residue
  • Exceptionally versatile
  • 700 PSI tensile strength
  • Silicone structure, ideal for fixing cables

Things We Didn't Liked

  • When you are using it, plan out exactly how you are going to do it, because once its on, its on
  • Only available in black

 7. Nexcare Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape

It is a hypoallergic first aid tape, designed to help protect you from blisters. Whether its new shoes, riding a bike or golf, blisters can be sore and stop us doing the things we enjoy. Nexcare first aid tape is a preventative action rather than a cure once it has occurred.

The waterproof technology in the tape is amazing, the patented design means it will stick as well to wet skin as it would to dry but it isn’t as long lasting in wet environments as others. It’s a good tape to put on before exercise or during if you feel a painful blister beginning to niggle.

The tape is breathable and durable and will work for short time frames whilst you are doing the activity. If you are looking for a long lasting (more than one day) waterproof and breathable tape, this might not be the one for you.

Things We Liked

  • Hypoallergenic and breathable 
  • Strong adhesive
  • Can be applied to already wet skin
  • Ideal for use during exercise
  • Patented designs

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Not entirely waterproof
  • Doesn’t last long when used in water

 8. Durapore Medical Silk Tape

The Durapore silk tape is ideal for people who need to dress wounds but have reactions to traditional dressings and adhesives. The lack of latex in its construction does limit how much the tape can flex with you, but it does make up for this with a high tensile strength.

Whilst the adhesive is pretty strong, the tape is best applied to clean, dry skin. If you are going to apply it whilst exercising (to cover blisters etc) you will need to stop and effectively clean and dry the area first.

Long use with this tape can cause the ends to roll as it doesn’t work as long in damp conditions as other medical tape. However, as the manufacturing process of this tape is similar to silk, it is highly breathable giving you a good chance of keeping the affected area free from sweat.

Things We Liked

  • High tensile strength
  • Silk feel
  • Best to apply dry skin
  • Works well on dry, clean skin
  • Good for dressings and blisters

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Not as waterproof as other medical grade tape
  • Limited flexibility

 9. ProTapes Pro Flex Flexible Butyl All Weather Patch and Shield Repair Tape

In the tape world, Butyl is a relatively new phenomenon. Butyl is a synthetic rubber compound that is very effective at repelling water and increasing the lifespan of the tape. The molecular structure of the butyl tape makes it exceptionally durable to extreme changes in heat, different types of weather and water as a whole due to the low absorption and retention rate.

This Tape does what is says on the label. It provides a shield against external forces, such as weather. It is a really strong and reliable tape that can withstand being used outside, such as patching up a screen door or canopy.

The adhesive on this tape is exceptionally strong and really is water repellent rather than waterproof, you could patch up a rib out in the ocean with this stuff. You just need to be careful when you are using it, take your time and measure twice just to make sure. It can be fiddly work due to the strength of the adhesive, but this tape will provide a long term fix.

Things We Liked

  • Exceptionally waterproof
  • Adhesive is extremely strong
  • Molecular structure for superb durability
  • High tensile strength
  • Not reflective

Things We Didn't Liked

  • The tape cannot be cut with scissors, they can get really gummed up, use a Stanley blade.
  • Can be tricky to work with, make sure you take your time and don’t rush the job.

 10. TradeGear Electrical Flame Retardant & Waterproof Tape

This exclusive tape comes in an array of colors for every occasion. This tape is ideal for someone looking to color code wires or anything else they can think of. Each color tape is rated for a maximum voltage of 600 and 80 degrees. These tapes are good for DIY’s to professionals.

The tape adheres reasonably to itself and anything else you want to stick to. Electrical tape isn’t known for being the most adhesive tape available on the market, so this value pack stands up well.

Whilst I never recommend mixing electronics with water, there may be a time where you would use this tape away from electrics and use it in more weather facing conditions. In this case the waterproof capability is as good as you’d expect from an electrical tape.

Things We Liked

  • High voltage rating
  • High temperature rating
  • Array of colors to help color code projects
  • Sticks well to itself and other smooth surfaces
  • Reasonable tensile strength

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Not as waterproof as other tapes reviewed.
  • The tape can have a chemical odour, so it is best to use in a well-ventilated area

What To Look For When Buying Waterproof Tape?

Sustainability

When you are looking to buy waterproof tape, look for tapes that state they are waterproof. Water resistant means they will repel water to a certain extent, then they will begin to absorb it and render the tape useless.

High tensile strength will also give you an idea of the quality of the tape, the higher the tensile rating, the stronger the tape. A strong tape with waterproof capabilities is a fantastic item to have in your house.

Flexibility

While high tensile strength and flexibility don’t sound like they mix, they do. Usually household waterproof tape has cotton internal construction meaning that there is a certain amount of give. You want a flexible tape that can be stretched if needed but that maintains its waterproof characteristics.

Medical

When looking for a waterproof medical tape, make sure you purchase one that states waterproof rather than water repellent. You don’t want to have to redress a wound or injury because the tape has reached its saturation level and become useless.

Flexibility is a plus but not always necessary depending on what you are dressing. Flexibility is paramount in Kinesiology but not so much in wound dressing.

It is always worth seeing if you can purchase hypoallergenic medical grade tape, just on the off chance that someone has an adverse reaction to non-hypoallergenic dressings.

Why Do You Need Waterproof Tape?

As I’ve previously mentioned, waterproof tape is something that every household should have in a case of emergency. These emergencies can differ depending on household, they can be from plumbing issues to wardrobe malfunctions. The humble piece of waterproof tape can be a fantastic remedy in these situations.

Fixing Simple Leaks

You’ve spotted a slight leak under the sink, what can you do to help lessen the problem before it gets out of hand? Waterproof tape. Lots of the tape I have reviewed here has the capacity to be stuck to a minor leak and be able to stop it in its tracks. This gives you time to either get access to the tools and parts that you need to fix the problem or contact a plumber!

Reinforcement

Pipework from any system, be it air conditioning, plumbing or heating can be a maze of carefully constructed pipes and cross sections. Most incidents happen at joins in the pipework where undue stress is placed on them, a waterproof tape placed in these weaker areas before the leaks begin can act as a reinforcement. Most seriously high tensile strength tapes have seriously strong adhesives to match their capability and as long as you are following the manufactures guidelines in terms of the minimum and maximum heat standards, you’ve strengthened your system with limited effort.

Wardrobe

We’ve all seen the Kim Kardashian picture of her rather ingenious use of waterproof tape in place of bra. I don’t need to elaborate further, but it worked rather well.

Drones and RC Cars

Waterproof tape can be used to cover the water sensitive areas of drones and RC cars. Make sure you look for tape that has a high tensile strength and may even be breathable to ensure there is no fire risk!

Screen Doors And Canopies

A tear in a screen door or canopy can be a costly replacement, invest in a clear waterproof tape with high tensile strength and the cost be vastly reduced. The Gorilla clear tape is ideal in these situations, it is beyond sticky and you can put it on either side, so it sticks to itself! More often than not you won’t even be able to see the repair. It is also exceptionally waterproof and may last you seasons before you have to finally invest in a new canopy or screen.

Car Lights

Reversed and cracked a tail light? You can stop water from getting in and damaging the electrics further by using a good tape. This isn’t a permanent fix by any means, but it will get you to the garage so that you can sort the problem without causing any more damage.

Cable Routing

Cable housing can be expensive and if your router is at one end of the room and your PC at another, have a look for non-reflective, waterproof tape in the same color. You can mask untidy cables and keep others safe by taping them down to skirting or up walls. The non-reflective surface means there is a higher chance that they’ll blend in and no one will notice. A nifty cheaper alternative!

The Amazing Benefits Of Medical Grade Waterproof Tape

Medical grade waterproof tape has many applications, from blister prevention to Kinesiology recovery. There are many factors I look at when purchasing medical tape as it will be very close to skin and I want to make it as comfy as possible.

For blister prevention and use in sports, look for a high tensile strength tape that’s flexible. This is the tape to use before an injury or skin irritation occurs. The flexibility allows it to move with your body and the high tensile strength means you won’t be having to constantly reapply. The more waterproof you can get the better, it means it will last longer and you can keep the affected area out of the weather. This means you can dress your hand and continue with that game of tennis or just carry on gardening!

You don’t want to be applying exceptionally sticky tape to an area of damaged skin, medium types of adhesive are fine in this case and breathable is a bonus as it will stay on your skin longer! Natural fibre tape is always a good option at it lessens the chance of an adverse reaction to the chemical compounds used in manufacturing!

Kinesiology is the science of taping skin away from the muscles in order to allow for a faster recover, it’s a practice used by athletes and helps reduce swelling and bruising. For this type of tape, you need a strong adhesive that is able to not only stick to itself but your skin too. High flexibility is needed within this tape to allow the muscles to continue to work and move to prevent stiffness in that particular area!

Kinesiology tape should also be very waterproof, this make sure that if you sweat, it won’t curl up on itself and come off. This type of tape should also be breathable to allow sweat to pass through and off the body, if the tape isn’t breathable there is more of a risk that it will become saturated and start peeling off.

If you have a wound that needs dressing, look for breathable waterproof tapes. These have a high tensile strength with limited flexibility to keep the wound in place. Most are hypoallergenic but always double check to make sure, if this is what you need.  The more waterproof the tape the better, you don’t want to be having to change your dressing whilst on the move.

Safety Considerations For Waterproof Tape

  • When using waterproof tape, make sure you are using it for the correct job. Tapes that feature butyl are hydrocarbon based, so can be very reactive to certain lubricants and gases. It is always worth checking with the manufacture to see if the adhesive or any other chemical in the tape will react to certain situations.
  • Always read the temperature allowances. Most tapes are rated to a certain low temperature and high temperature. Stay within these guidelines to make sure the tape stays effective and works as expected.
  • Always take care when using blades, some waterproof tape cannot be torn by hand and the strong adhesive will gum up scissors. Always cut on a flat, hard surface away from the body.
  • Don’t use tape that isn’t fit for the purpose. In cases of electronics, use electrical tape, like wise don’t use rubber based on areas that generate heat. Be conscious of the type of environment you are putting the waterproof tape into and make sure that it doesn’t become a fire hazard. Some types of adhesive are also more flammable than others, again it is always worth checking the manufactures recommendations for how best to use the tape.
  • Always adhere to the voltage consideration on electrical tape, if you don’t do this, there is an increased chance of fire due to the heat generated from higher voltage cables. Please ensure manufactures guidelines are followed so there is no fire, injury or death.
  • When applying medical tape, double check the best way to remove it from skin. Some manufactures require no more than hot soapy water to get it off. Whereas others, especially for the high grade, long lasting Kinesiology therapy tape suggest that rubbing alcohol may be the best way to remove it to preserve the integrity of the skin beneath. Make sure you don’t just tear it away are you then prone to damaging the skin underneath and may struggle dressing the area again at a later date.

Conclusion

Waterproof tape really is a product that every household needs to have, be it medical grade or just as an emergency product in the event that a screen door fails, or a small pipe springs a leak. There are infinitely more applications of best waterproof tape, just make sure that you follow the manufactures guidelines when using it.

Not all tapes are going to be able to be torn by hand and some are so sticky they may gum up your scissors, so make sure you are buying a tape that you are able to use. Waterproof tape can save you on emergency repair bills and dressings; it is something that is always worth investing in!

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