Common Questions

Common Questions

Clear Tape

Packaging Tape

  • Why are there different kinds of packaging tape?
    Each of our packaging tapes has been designed with a specific purpose in mind. For instance, Scotch® Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape is extremely strong, keeping packages intact as they travel, while Scotch® Long Lasting Moving and Storage Packaging Tape features a unique adhesive that’s UV resistant and great for long term storage in hot or cold temperatures.
  • Scotch® Packaging Tapes will withstand a moderate amount of moisture for a short period, but they are not designed to hold through prolonged exposure to weather.
  • Because they use particularly strong adhesives, packaging tapes may leave residue when removed. You may be better off with masking tape.
  • 1: Remove the old tape core. Place the new roll of tape on the large roller and press all the way down. Make sure that the when you unroll the tape the sticky side is facing down. 2: Pull the tape over the guide bar – near the handle – and under the second, smaller roller. Some packaging tape dispensers have a spring loaded bar here. If so, hold it back so that you can easily pass the tape through. 3: Pull the tape against the serrated edge. 4: Tape away!
  • The colour of the tape has no meaning. The most common colours for packaging tapes are clear, off white, and tan. Many are transparent after they are applied so writing can be visible, such as mailing labels