What Makes up Duct Tape?


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Duct tape is made of three separate layers, polyethylene, a cloth mesh and a rubber-based adhesive. While both synthetic and natural rubbers can be used to make the glue, natural rubber adhesive lasts longer than synthetic rubber adhesive.

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What Makes up Duct Tape?
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The polyethylene, the same plastic used in grocery bags, is waterproof and the tape gets its gray color from a powdered aluminum, which is added to the polyethylene when it is produced. The cloth mesh can be made from cotton, polyester, nylon, rayon or fiberglass and makes the tape a stronger material. While other adhesive tapes have been used before, duct tape was developed for military use during World War II.

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