Has anyone ever used Black Gaffers/Duct Tape...

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by vanda32547, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    Greetings all,

    Has anyone ever used Black Gaffers/Duct tape (the wide kind) to simulate asphalt pavement for streets, etc?

    It seems to me that it would stick well and could be weathered with chalk to make it look well worn. Any input would be appreciated.

  2. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    Isn't duct tape sort of shiny? If so you might have a problem getting it dull like asphalt is (unless you are modeling a rainy day)
  3. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Bob, I haven't seen what you call Black Gaffers duct tape. The only kind the stores around here sell is the silver colour.
  4. vanda32547

    vanda32547 Member

    I'll try to attach a picture. The type I am talking about is flat and dull not shiny.

  5. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

  6. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

    I suppose it would work, as long as it stays glued down and the water based scenery that your might be putting down around it won't affect it. The only shortcomming I see is the fact that it is so thin and ashpalt roads are generaly just as high or higher than surounding scenery (water drainage) When you put your ground cover down it will be higher than the road.
  7. Raildog

    Raildog Member

    I have a few rolls I use for a few of it's intended purposes. Taping up backdrops, holding flash brackets taping down extension cords for photo shoots, etc. It is tenacious on carpeting and porous surfaces for short periods of time. It is pretty sensitive to humidity and it doesn't hold up too well for long periods of time. It has a tendancy to bubble up slightly and loose its adhesion after a few days in one spot. It might be a good idea to stop by a local photo studio and ask to buy a remnant roll and test it first. At $35+ a roll, it can get expensive.

    Two brands I use are Pro-Gaff and Shurtape. Shurtape is out of Hickory, NC 28603. Shurtape has more of an ashphalt texture to it.

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