Gaffer Tape

This flexible, pressure-sensitive adhesive-backed gaffer tape is ideal for use on stages and production floors to provide concise, easy-to-see visual directions, messages, safety information, or placement cues for people or objects. Our gaffer tape features a durable top layer and heavy-duty adhesive made to withstand foot and equipment traffic. It can be removed, replaced, and updated easily as your floor marking needs change—without damaging floors, stages, or surfaces.

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What is Gaffer Tape Used For?

Gaffer tape, also known as stage tape, is a removable floor marking and cable tape used to manage the activity of productions and performances during TV shows, films, concerts, live shows, theatrical events, and industrial staging projects. In a pinch, gaffer tape can even be used to repair or construct set pieces. Woven gaffer tape includes a strong adhesive backing, and ours is stronger, more reliable, and long-lasting than competitors’ solutions. Our beveled edge gaffer tape resists scraping from equipment and foot traffic and leaves no sticky residue behind.

Gaffer Tape Versus Duct Tape

Gaffer tape is the best choice for production settings: It’s designed to resist tearing and scuffing, it withstands traffic even in an industrial setting, and will outlast competing tapes. This stage tape is built to handle the job from start to finish, and remove without a trace. Durable tape and a quality adhesive are top priorities when it comes to gaffer tape, but alternatives such as duct tape can leave sticky residue behind—gummy, unsightly, and potentially dangerous. Instead, our gaffer tape is a reinforced woven rubber tape that lasts even with heavy use and removes easily when it’s time for a set change or venue update—without damaging the stage, floor, or equipment.

Gaffer Tape Options

We carry a variety of solid colors, checkered patterns, and striped tape styles as well as repeating message gaffer tape for clear, easy to read cues, instructions, and safety messages. Black or grey tape blends in for quick set repair, or to mark subtle cues for those who know what to look for. Choose colors to improve safety and visual instruction on location: blue or green to stand out, or orange and red to bring attention to hazardous floor areas on stage and backstage. Our stage tape styles and options include:

  • Beveled edges to prevent tear damage from dragging equipment or set pieces
  • Reinforced woven rubber gaffer tape is a best-selling general purpose marking tape
  • Available in multiple sizes: Choose 2- or 4-inch widths
  • Repeated messages for labeling cables, stage entrances or exits, or reminding cast and crew to watch their step

Looking for a custom solution that camouflages easily against your stage or set pieces? Contact a floor marking specialist today for custom-printed gaffer tape with the texture or pattern to suit your project.

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