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sequoia
07-11-2016, 05:25 PM
R.I.P. brown binding tape from SMD. Discontinued. I liked/hated that stuff. It did however have holding power, that was for sure. Would rip holes in your top if you didn't shellac. However what I disliked most about it was the lack of elasticity. Maybe this stuff is better. Has anybody tried it? Gotta be better. Plus it comes orange!

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Kekani
07-11-2016, 05:56 PM
Tape? We don't need no stinking tape. . . . .

. . .when we have flat tire tubes. . . .

sequoia
07-11-2016, 06:26 PM
Lot of ways to skin the cat. I mostly use Ace Hardware Brand Masking Tape (99 cents on sale) anymore. I have heard of people using wet Yak skin to good effect... I guess the bottom line is that if your binding channel isn't right, no amount of tape, flat tire tubes or Yak skin is gonna make that thing flush and tight.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
07-11-2016, 08:26 PM
3M Scotch green tape for me. It's tough, has a strong adhesive, has the right amount of stretch and it's cheap enough. It's also lacquer safe. Available at most hardware stores.

miche
07-11-2016, 09:24 PM
I wanted to try that scotch 3m green tape. I saw a video of someone use it to join plates as well but it is not available in the uk for some reason and to get it posted from the states via Amazon is crazy! One seller price was 45! I wonderer if there is an similar tape available in the UK.

cml
07-11-2016, 10:17 PM
This?
https://m.conrad.se/Maskeringstejp-3M-Scotch%AE-290-Gr%F6n-(LxB)-50-m-x-50-mm-1-rullar.htm?websale8=conrad-swe.01-aa-m&pi=540597
9 quid per roll. When ordering 5 rolls, no shipping within Sweden, <5 is about 5 shipping. I could buy for you and send them to you if you're interested.

ruby50
07-12-2016, 12:52 AM
I have used both the 3M and "Ace" brand of blue tape from the hardware store for 6 instruments and have had no problems. Has a bit of stretch and sticks fine. Still need to shellac first (DAMHIKT). Here is some of both types:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruby1638/25855865304/in/album-72157662606115293/

Ed

mikeyb2
07-12-2016, 04:23 AM
I wanted to try that scotch 3m green tape. I saw a video of someone use it to join plates as well but it is not available in the uk for some reason and to get it posted from the states via Amazon is crazy! One seller price was 45! I wonderer if there is an similar tape available in the UK.
Wilko's blue masking tape is what I use and it works for me, and it's a lot cheaper than 3M. I think it's about 2.99 for the 25mm roll.

sequoia
07-12-2016, 06:43 PM
I wanted to try that scotch 3m green tape. I saw a video of someone use it to join plates as well but it is not available in the uk for some reason and to get it posted from the states via Amazon is crazy! One seller price was 45! I wonderer if there is an similar tape available in the UK.

I love the Scotch green tape. It is called here Scotch 233+. I have no idea what the + stands for. Maybe it is EXTRA SPECIAL PLUS good. Anyway, it is automotive tape sold in automotive stores for sticking on fenders and carburetors I suppose. I use it to joint plates into tops and backs. Very springy. Cost: about two bucks U.S. Could be better. Not quite stretchy enough.

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Allen
07-12-2016, 10:28 PM
If I still lived in Canada, I wouldn't hesitate to buy 3M green tape. However in Australia it can be as much as $9 per roll for the 3/4 inch variety. It's actually cheaper for me to plan an order from StewMac and buy their binding tape at 10 rolls a time and pay the exchange and shipping.