A little help, please

27 Jan

Could you tell me…..

what the heck is the difference between “transparent tape” and “invisible tape?”

And why can you buy 4 rolls of transparent tape for the same price as 3 rolls of invisible tape at Target?

What is the big dang difference?

I don’t think I have ever give present to someone and had them ask “did you use transparent tape?  Because you know that is not as good as invisible tape.”

Why pay more?

10 Responses to “A little help, please”

  1. shan January 27, 2010 at 6:13 p01 #

    i’m not sure which is which…but i think it’s the invisible tape is clear-er and shiny (& sticks better) and the transparent tape is more like frosted. or vice versa…i prefer the shiny-stickier one…which ever it is.

  2. Tape Master January 27, 2010 at 6:13 p01 #

    Transparent tape is glossy and you cannot write on it, while invisible tape you can put on, like, ripped paper and write on it.

  3. Susan January 27, 2010 at 6:13 p01 #

    I couldn’t resist researching this, being the librarian that I am. According to Target’s website, invisible tape is made for permanent paper-mending and is invisible mending tape. Transparent tape is for light duty wrapping, sealing and paper mending. Hope that ‘clears’ up the confusion. They both contain 1200″ of tape.

  4. amfunches January 27, 2010 at 6:13 p01 #

    Your so lucky to have the Tape Master as one of your blog readers so he/she could answer this question!!! LOL

  5. Lori Jo January 28, 2010 at 6:13 p01 #

    the difference is the smell….hehe i love the smell of scotch tape 😀

  6. bogiegirl January 30, 2010 at 6:13 p01 #

    Wow. Thanks, Susan. I never knew I knew so little about tape. = )

  7. Slade Barker November 22, 2011 at 6:13 p11 #

    I am unsatisfied with these answers. The heart of the matter is that “transparent” & “invisible” essentially mean the same thing, so you wouldn’t think you would need two separate categories. One of these product categories must deliver invisible transparency better than the other.
    I want to know which kind of tape to use if I don’t want people to be able to see the tape. Yet not one person explains which kind of tape is more discreet in this fashion.
    Obviously, I do not consider myself an expert or even knowledgeable on the topic or I wouldn’t be Leaving a Reply of this type. But I reckon I CAN contribute as much information as anyone else has so far because I am staring at one of each. And it seems to me that BEFORE APPLICATION:
    Transparent Tape is MUCH more transparent & invisible than Invisible Tape. (Shan, who answered first, wrote good descriptions of the two tapes but then got them exactly backwards!)
    HOWEVER, the clarity of the tape might change after you’ve applied the tape tightly to something, so I am not ready to say that Transparent Tape is invisible & that Invisible Tape is not invisible.

  8. Slade Barker November 22, 2011 at 6:13 p11 #


    Becca: I have just tested INVISIBLE TAPE & TRANSPARENT TAPE side by side. I now know the answer I posed in my previous Reply. As I speculated, even though Invisible Tape looks cloudy & matted on the roll, it changes when pressed into service, so you can’t judge the tapes by their appearance in the store. Here are the results of my test:

    INVISIBLE TAPE is invisible on plain paper but VERY visible on clear plastic. Use Invisible tape for paper wrapping.*
    On the other hand:
    TRANSPARENT TAPE is somewhat visible on paper but invisible on clear plastic. Use Transparent Tape for clear plastic.

    A new question then arises: What if you are using tape to attach plain paper TO clear plastic? (This happens to be exactly what I’m doing.) By my descriptions above, neither tape would seem to be ideal. However, I tried both in that situation — and TRANSPARENT TAPE is the clear winner. So if your goal is transparency and invisibility & you’re only going to buy one tape, I would buy TRANSPARENT TAPE. It works much better in some situations, & only a little worse in others. (On the other hand, Invisible Tape is embarrassingly bad & unacceptable in some situations, so it’s simply not “all-purpose.”)

    I did NOT test how easy it is to remove the tapes, or how easy it is to write on the tapes.

    * Still another type of tape, GIFT WRAP TAPE, is even better for taping paper to paper, especially shiny paper, than Invisible Tape, but it’s also more expensive (of course). You might use it for special birthday gifts & the like.

  9. Jackie October 12, 2016 at 6:13 p10 #

    Transparent tape is smooth and glossy, making it more “see through” than Invisible Tape, but Invisible Tape was designed so that it can also be written on with pencil or pen.

  10. Slade Barker November 5, 2017 at 6:13 p11 #

    Thank you, Jackie! I just saw your answer. Amazingly, I did another search on this topic, completely forgetting that I had contributed to this one, and ended up on the same page again, where I saw your answer! THANKS THANKS THANKS

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