From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad


I can't believe I am even contributing to this long thread about a s...... 
bit of plastic. However, I have my bit of experience as well.

For 3" reels, which were used for 8mm film (single-8 to those who are an in-
between age) as well as for quarter-inch magnetic tape, they used to deliver 
rubber bands with a tab to hold the pancake. Worked fine, and I have yet to 
see one that has deteriorated. They must have been made of synthetic rubber.

Any tape that has a latex (natural rubber) component to the sticky stuff will 
harden. Gaffa (gaffer's) tape is only a glorified Duck (duct) tape with a 
close-weave fabric that tears easily, but both are latex-gummy. One quality 
of a tape is tackiness, another is adhesion. Editing tape needs very low 
tackiness and high adhesion. Hold-down tape is only really good if you fold 
the end to create a tab. 

Have we milked this subject dry now?

Kind regards,


> I have another solution that comes from the film world. They have hold 
> down tape that is very strong and doesn't leave any goo, but is easy to 
> work with. Feels like it's fine fabric. Too late now but I'll try to 
> Google it tomorrow.
> Shai
> On 19/09/2011 02:32, Matt Sohn wrote:
> >> Please do not use these. I have seen edge damage on incoming tapes 
> >> when these are forced over an uneven wind.
> >>
> >> Tape the end of the tape to the outside flange of the reel (or to 
> >> itself in a pancake. If you can still find Zebra Tape, that is the 
> >> best choice--someone dug up a five-to-ten year supply for me but it's 
> >> all gone from that source.
> >>
> >> The red and blue crepe-y tape isn't bad.
> >>
> >> Scotch 811 removable "Magic" tape works reasonably well for something 
> >> that is easy to get at a stationary store.
> >>
> >
> > After the zebra tape ran out I switched to the green Scotch stuff that 
> > they seem to have discontinued as well. It didn't stick so well, and I 
> > have gone back and found in many cases it has detached from the flange 
> > while sitting in the box.
> > I found some "zebra" tape online several years ago and ordered a few 
> > rolls. It was not the same thing. very stiff and the adhesive layer 
> > tended to seperate from the backing layer. Dissapointing. Then I found 
> > some stuff from a film supply company that was sort of cloth-like, 
> > like the tape you use to tape up a hockey stick. It was very sticky. 
> > Too sticky..
> > ATR Magnetics has recently introduced their own hold-down tape. I just 
> > ordered 3 rolls. $12.98/215 Ft.
> > They also have white cardboard boxes for 5", 7" & 10.5" reels.
> >
> >
> > -Matt Sohn