We are so advanced, we live in such a convenient world, that it’s easy to assume everything useful has been invented. We have cheap food, recycling, and smartphones. I for one can’t actually think of anything to add to make my life more complete. But that’s why I’m not an inventor. All day, every day, people work hard to come up with solutions to problems we simply deal with. And every once in a while something brand new hits the market that is amazing. We love it. We need it. And we wonder how we ever lived without it. Well, that’s Flex Tape.
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What exactly is Flex Tape?
Flex Tape is a 4” wide strip of rubber that is lined with a strong adhesive. But that makes it sound simpler than it actually is. Flex Tape is an all-weather, all-environment sealing machine. Anything you can imagine, it can stick them together.
Our Rating: (4.3 / 5)
So Flex Tape is Duck Tape?
Not at all. Sure, Duck Tape is an amazing product and was considered the best that a tape adhesive could be. For a long time it was the gold standard. But now it has been outdone. Whereas conventional sealing tapes use a mild adhesive that can leak and eventually peel, Flex Tape is completely leak proof. It is also several times stronger than other types of tape. This is because Flex Tape is made of rubber.
Conventional sealing products are waterproof plastic with a textile layer and an adhesive backing. But the plastic is rigid, the textile is fragile, and the adhesive dissolves. Flex Tape is strong literally because it bends. By giving way just a little bit, it absorbs the impacts of pulling and pushing, creating a more lasting fix. And its watertight seal does not break as easily, as no matter which way you bend it, it will not lift off the surface of the object until the adhesive degrades. And this adhesive is super strong and highly efficient. Basically, Flex Tape will fix anything and keep it fixed far better and longer than any other product on the market.
How do I use Flex Tape?
You just cut a piece the length you need and stick it on. Doesn’t matter if the item is wet, dry, heated, or even icy cold. Flex Tape literally just sticks there. We tried cutting a hole in our garden hose and sticking it back together with the hose running. It worked. We tried sticking two heated oven trays together. It worked. This stuff is incredible in how easily and efficiently it goes on. It’s basically fool proof.
When may I want to use Flex Tape?
Good question. And at first we were a little confused about what we would use it for too. But it dawned on us quickly: any situation where we would have used an adhesive tape or a hot glue gun anyway. Flex Tape is a faster, simpler solution than either of those, and the results last longer too. If you have a leaky pipe, just stick it on, no need to dry or clean or line it up perfectly. If you need to fix a puncture in an inflatable, same thing. You can even use it to temporarily seal leaky car windows, or block out draughts. Basically anything.
What other advantages are there to using Flex Tape?
Yep! Flex Tape is made out of rubber, so that means it is naturally resistant to UV rays and the weather. This means it will degrade more slowly than many other plastic-based tapes. It is also environmentally friendly and VOC-free, making it very safe to use. And it can tolerate wide ranges of temperatures, from freezing to a hot oven, making it perfectly safe for outdoor use in all sorts of climate.
Also, if the standard 4” isn’t wide enough for your needs, you can get an 8” or a 12” one to help you patch really big jobs. This may be excessive for an average household, but if you have chicken coops, a boat, or any other item that can’t afford to be broken, it may be worth it. Hold onto whatever size you think you’ll need.
What are the downsides to using Flex Tape?
Naturally there are downsides, as there always are. First of all, it is virtually unbreakable and super sticky, you will need to cut it using a simple blade. Scissors will stick to it. Secondly, once it has attached to something, especially if it has been pressed down, it can be very difficult to remove. Although that’s a great asset when you want it somewhere, when it’s somewhere you don’t want it, it can be a nightmare. WD-40 is your friend: use it if you really can’t get your Flex Tape off. Finally, Flex Tape is a patch, not a full solution. If your problem is a small leak, like a hole in a boat or a dripping hose, this is a perfect product. But if, for example, your kettle is breaking, or your car window is not staying up, Flex Tape is a temporary solution. Make sure to properly repair or replace all items that have suffered complicated damage.
In summary: This is an amazing product. We really loved it, it was great fun to use. The only downsides are to do with how well it does its job. Definitely something you want to keep at home for emergencies.