Y’all know I love testing tapes more than a kid at Halloween. So I squared off Trex Tape vs Gorilla Tape – the Godzilla and King Kong of stickum.
If you’re gentling hanging wallpaper or wrapping presents, Gorilla’s your ape. But if you need to wrangle a dinosaur or weather a typhoon, grab the T-Rex for some seriously tenacious tape.
Trex Tape vs Gorilla Tape: What’s The Difference?
The results I came to (my opinion): For heavy-duty bonding and repairs, especially outside, the T-Rex dominates with its tenacious strength and durability. For indoor fixes where a gentle yet firm adhesive is needed, the Gorilla is your best bet.
📝 My Hands-on Test of T-REX Ferociously Strong Tape 241309
My son even used it to repair the bumper of his car, and he did such an incredible job that it was hard to tell if the bumper was ever damaged. The tape made it look like everything was brand new, and it lasted for over a year before he sold the car. The color match was perfect too.
The T-Rex tape is no joke when it comes to strength. It’s the strongest tape I have ever owned. Once you apply it, it’s tough to remove, which is actually a good thing. The price is reasonable too. I’ve used it for various tasks like holding together a broken bed frame, fixing a tear in my rubber work boots although regular duct tape worked better for that), and even taping up a shower head. It has never let me down.
The adhesive on this tape is incredibly strong, but what I love is that it’s also very pliable. This means you can easily mold it to fit your needs while still ensuring a firm hold. I’ve used it for temporary fixes on my RV, and it has never disappointed me. The tape is thick, not like those cheap thin ones, which gives me confidence that it won’t easily give way.
Now, let’s talk about its durability. I’ve used this tape in extreme conditions, like attaching an extension cord across my sidewalk to hold up Christmas lights. It withstood snow, rain, snow melts, and even pedestrians walking over it. It stayed in place all winter long. However, be cautious not to get it stuck to your chest hair; it’s a pain to remove!
One area where I was a bit skeptical was its claim to stick on brick. So, I decided to put it to the test by using it to hold some plastic tubing on the brick wall of my house. Unfortunately, it held for only about an hour. Despite the surface being dry and clean, it didn’t live up to its promise.
FAQ of Trex Tape
Q: Can Trex Tape be applied to the edge of a swimming pool?
A: Yes it is suitable for various surfaces, including wet or uneven areas. But it is still no better than Dap Silicone as for an adhesive for sealing around underwater return line outlets. You can see my analysis on kwik seal vs silicone about it.
Q: Can Trex Tape create a waterproof seal underwater in a pool?
A: I still recommend you use the silicone adhesive I mentioned above. If you empty the pool, dry the area where the leak is, and apply the tape on the inside, it might create a seal. However, I wouldn’t expect it to stick well to a wet surface like “Flex Tape” does in those TV commercials where they show it working underwater. As far as duct tape goes, T-Rex tape is one of the closest options to the high-quality military-grade tape I’ve come across. The adhesive is incredibly strong, to the point that my wife struggles to pull it off the roll. She jokingly says, “That’s why God created husbands!” If you try using it on a dry pool, I would appreciate it if you could leave a review sharing your experience.
Q: I’m planning to create a spear using a bow staff and a knife. Will the tape hold it securely?
A: Here’s a suggestion: To ensure a secure hold, it’s recommended to insert at least one pin through both the staff and the knife. Two pins would provide even better stability. Additionally, you can consider using epoxy cement, but keep in mind that it may require extra effort to remove if the spear breaks. Another option is to learn how to make pine pitch glue, a traditional adhesive, to enhance the grip. You can also explore knot tying techniques on the internet to learn how to do a common “Whipping” technique. By using cold, wet nylon string and applying heat, you can create a durable and tough joint that can withstand the impact of sharp objects like shells when spearfishing around oysters.
Q: Does Trex Tape perform better in hot and humid environments compared to Gorilla tape?
A: I have found T-Rex tape to be less effective. I used it to support an oblong dome planter, and it didn’t stick well. The tackiness of the tape diminished even after a few presses on my finger. I expected it to conform to the shape of the object, but it didn’t perform well in that regard. I have tried three different tapes so far, and all of them were disappointing. I might have an older roll somewhere that worked better, but I need to check the inner roll for the specific type.
Q: I need tape for repairing a gray vinyl door liner inside a car. Will Trex Tape leave visible strings like regular duct tape?
A: The tape is made of cloth, similar to regular duct tape as in foil tape vs duct tape, so you may see the cloth pattern through the tape.
Q: My bathroom sink drain is leaking, and the gasket underneath is rusty and crumbling after 35 years. Can Trex Tape fix the leak?
A: The tape might provide a temporary repair solution until you can replace the gasket. However, considering the gasket’s current condition with rust and crumbling, the tape may not adhere well or hold up for an extended period under these circumstances.
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Q: Can Trex Tape withstand sandblasting?
A: While Trex Tape is exceptionally strong, I’m not certain about its compatibility with sandblasting. It has been successfully used for shingle leak repairs on roofs.
Q: Is Trex Tape completely waterproof?
A: Once applied, the tape becomes water-resistant, but it is not fully waterproof in the sense that it can hold up when submerged underwater.
Q: Will it adhere to metal surfaces?
A: Yes, Trex Tape is suitable for use on metal surfaces.
Q: Can I use Trex Tape to hold together foam flooring squares?
A: While Trex Tape might work as a temporary solution if you require a permanent hold, it would be advisable to use the foam board glue.
Q: Can Trex Tape withstand high heat and humidity?
A: The tape has a maximum temperature rating of 200°F. However, prolonged exposure to heat or moisture could potentially affect the adhesive’s performance.
Q: Can I use Trex Tape to repair leaks in my kayak? Is it waterproof or water-resistant?
A: The T-Rex duct tape is water-resistant, but it is not designed for long-term submersion in water. It may not hold up well under those conditions.
Q: What is the strength of Trex Tape?
A: The T-Rex duct tape is known for its exceptional strength. It is designed to provide a strong and durable hold for various applications. However, the specific strength can vary depending on the use case and conditions in which it is applied.
📝 My Hands-on Test of Gorilla Tape
The adhesive strength of the Gorilla Black Duct Tape is excellent. It securely sealed my moving boxes, ensuring that they remained intact during transit. The tape stuck to various surfaces, including cardboard and plastic, without any issues. Once applied, it firmly held the boxes together, providing peace of mind that my items were well-protected.
In terms of durability, it has amazing holding power and is stronger than other brands. Whether exposed to rain, high wind, or garden chemicals, it holds up exceptionally well. It’s the go-to tape for any moderate-temperature application.
It tears easily and adheres well to surfaces, acquiring an iron grip. Whether you’re working on household projects, in the garage, or outdoors, this tape is reliable and performs exceptionally.
Value for Money
Moreover, the value for money with Gorilla tape is excellent. The rolls are large and last for many projects to come. The width of the tape is just right, offering a practical size for various applications without being too skinny. It’s a cost-effective solution that delivers on its promises.
For those tough jobs where regular duct tape falls short, Gorilla tape is the ultimate choice. It’s incredibly strong and reliable, making it the number one option for handling demanding tasks. Its sticky nature ensures a secure hold in any situation.
In addition to its strength, Gorilla tape also provides versatility. It can be used for reinforcing RC car shells, offering excellent reinforcement with its 2x thickness adhesive layer. The tape not only adds durability but also extends the lifespan of the shells, protecting your investment in RC cars.
While applying the tape can be a bit tricky in certain spots, using an exacto knife to assist in those areas can help achieve better results. Additionally, combining Gorilla hot glue with the tape can provide even greater reinforcement in tight grooves and hard-to-reach spots.
FAQ of Gorilla Tape
Q: Can I use Gorilla Tape to cover my car completely?
A: Absolutely! You have the option to cover your car with Gorilla Tape. However, it’s important to measure your car and determine the number of rolls you’ll need. It’s recommended to get some extra as well. Please keep in mind that removing the tape might remove the car’s finish, so proceed with caution. The tape is resistant to rain, snow, and other weather conditions. Please note that the tape may react to extreme heat.
Q: Will Gorilla Tape work for repairing holes in solar pool heating panels?
A: It is unlikely that Gorilla Tape will work for repairing holes in solar pool heating panels, especially if they are exposed to high temperatures.
Q: I plan to use Gorilla Tape to seal seams on the underside of my trailer. How well will it hold up in extreme temperatures, both hot and cold?
A: Gorilla Tape is a durable tape that can withstand temperatures above 32°F and colder temperatures. However, it is not recommended for sustained temperatures exceeding 150°F.
Q: Can I paint over Gorilla Tape?
A: While it’s possible to paint over Gorilla Tape, most paints may not adhere well due to the tape’s glossy surface, resulting in peeling. However, some users have reported success with “Krylon Fusion For Plastic” Paint, which is known to stick well to the tape.
Q: Can I use Gorilla Tape to keep my cot springs in place?
A: While Gorilla Tape is known for its strength, it may not be the most suitable option for keeping cot springs in place. It’s recommended to explore other methods or materials specifically designed for securing cot springs.
Q: How well does Gorilla Tape stick to Coroplast under a trailer?
A: Gorilla Tape is a semi-permanent tape that can adhere to plastic surfaces. To ensure proper adhesion, it’s important to clean the surface and remove any dirt, oil, or debris. If you have further questions or need additional assistance, it’s recommended to contact the manufacturer’s consumer affairs team for specific guidance.
Q: I want to use Gorilla Tape to create a playpen for my dog by securing two hard plastic floor mats together. Is Gorilla Tape waterproof and leak-proof?
A: While Gorilla Tape is water-resistant, it is not classified as waterproof. It may provide temporary resistance to water, but it may not be completely leak-proof for extended periods or under high-pressure conditions. It’s worth considering alternative methods or materials specifically designed for creating a dog playpen.
Q: Will Gorilla Tape leave a sticky residue if applied to fabric like a backpack?
A: There is a possibility that Gorilla Tape may leave a residue when removed from fabric surfaces such as a backpack. It’s recommended to proceed with caution and test a small inconspicuous area before applying the tape to the entire surface.
Q: Can I use Gorilla Tape on a kids’ bouncer?
A: To provide appropriate guidance, it’s advisable to contact the manufacturer’s consumer affairs team or visit their website for specific recommendations regarding the use of Gorilla Tape on a kids’ bouncer.
Q: Is Gorilla Tape stickier than regular duct tape?
A: Gorilla Tape is known for its strong adhesive properties and is often considered to be stickier and more durable than regular duct tape.