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Tape for labeling gear?

Post by rohelineoun » Wed May 06, 2020 8:34 am

Have any of you found anything better than painters tape for marking notes on your gear for live performances? I'd like to be able to leave markings on for a couple weeks to months for the duration of creating a project with out it pealing or leaving behind gunk.

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Post by Lux A Turner » Wed May 06, 2020 8:49 am

I always used Gaffer tape to label flight cases and gear for touring. It can leave gunk - especially if it's exposed to heat or you buy cheap garbage - but good for a few months.

Not to be confused with duct tape.

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Post by JankySwitch » Wed May 06, 2020 8:56 am

Artist tape doesn't leave residue, but peels up a bit too easily.

I want to try console labelling tape, but it's even more expensive than artist's tape.

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Post by Technologear? » Wed May 06, 2020 9:30 am

General purpose vinyl electrical tape.

Lasts for years on metal and hard surfaces without leaving residue (like rack gear, instruments, synths)
Will last a few weeks before interacting with any semi soft plastic surface to create residue, including leads or anything made from semi soft knob type plastic. Ie anything with rubber in it. So check your mixer surface first.

I get white and write with a black sharpie on it. All my ac adaptors are labelled like that.

If there is a residue left, multiple passes with a microfiber cloth and isopropyl alcohol from the hardware store works best to clean it. I have ruined surfaces and knobs by using stronger chemicals.

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Post by Power Mic 3K » Wed May 06, 2020 10:16 am

Plus one for gaffer tape. As mentioned earlier, pay up for the good stuff. Different colors are useful for keeping things sorted.

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Post by Voltcontrol » Wed May 06, 2020 10:29 am

Technologear? wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 9:30 am
General purpose vinyl electrical tape.

Lasts for years on metal and hard surfaces without leaving residue (like rack gear, instruments, synths)
Will last a few weeks before interacting with any semi soft plastic surface to create residue, including leads or anything made from semi soft knob type plastic. Ie anything with rubber in it. So check your mixer surface first.

I get white and write with a black sharpie on it. All my ac adaptors are labelled like that.

If there is a residue left, multiple passes with a microfiber cloth and isopropyl alcohol from the hardware store works best to clean it. I have ruined surfaces and knobs by using stronger chemicals.
+1 for this if no residue is a requirement.

Gaffer tape (Nichiban FTW!) is more hardy for stage/touring grade applications, but leaves residue a bit more easily.
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Post by ObsoleteModular » Wed May 06, 2020 12:53 pm

I use one of these for all labelling. It rocks.

There's various models and there always seems to be deals on them. I got mine for £19 from Rymans despite RRP being more like £50!

There's various tape widths and colours and you can choose fonts/sizes etc from the UI.

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Re: Tape for labeling gear?

Post by Ears » Wed May 06, 2020 2:00 pm

I use a label machine or a grease pencil depending upon what I’m writing and the surface.

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Post by arthurdent » Wed May 06, 2020 4:36 pm

Post-It Notes material. You can buy the regular square or rectangular pads and cut them up or you can by the tabs and use them. They used to make a correction tape-style material in 1-line, 2-line, and 6-line widths but I haven't been able to find it for about 2 years now.

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Post by thresholdpeople » Wed May 06, 2020 5:00 pm

This labeling tape is great. I've recently pulled some of it up that was down on a mixer for a while, not gunk at all. Same with cables. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N45X83Y. Comes in different colors and widths. It's technically pretty pricey, but I think it's worth it. I don't do a ton of labeling so, eh.

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Post by freakynorth » Thu May 07, 2020 3:52 pm

Technologear? wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 9:30 am
General purpose vinyl electrical tape.
THIS!
I’ve been using electrical tape for YEARS.
I bought a 20 pack of them on eBay like 6 years ago and still probably have 12 of them, haha!

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Post by chvad » Thu May 07, 2020 5:11 pm

Every live show I engineer has different setups so Im constantly taping and removing and replacing over and over:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... e_1_x.html

That's the stuff. Good on gigs. Good on gear. I've never had it fail me. This isn't for tacking or strength. For that I use gaffer all day. But for ON GEAR... console tape is god.

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Post by Flounderguts » Thu May 07, 2020 7:12 pm

I use adhesive colored dots and a paint pen. Some of the dots on my gear have been there for years.

Mostly I use black dots, clear, and red dots for performance stuff. I like them because they stay, but no goop or shreds when I peel them off.
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Re: Tape for labeling gear?

Post by rohelineoun » Fri May 08, 2020 9:16 am

Thanks for all the suggestions!

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Post by Joe_D » Fri May 08, 2020 10:26 pm

Another vote for Console tape -- really easy to write on, tends to remove cleanly but stay put until you need to remove it, can be torn into lengths (if you're in a hurry at a live event and don't have time to do a neat scissors job). No, it's not cheap, but a roll lasts a long time.

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Post by Severed head » Fri May 08, 2020 10:43 pm

i did A lot of work in museums and they used
“Frog tape”
Particularly the green (not the yellow)

There’s an archival grade that is none acidic.
And removes really easy even after a few months without
Removing paint or leaving residue
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Post by slumberjack » Sat May 09, 2020 3:01 am

3M Scotch 2090 peels of even years after, can be replaced multiple times is expensive and worth every penny. There are also non 3M cheaper ones around but I have my roll since about 6 years and it's still perfect.
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Post by MindMachine » Sat May 09, 2020 6:59 pm

I too use 3M 2090 in fluorescent green. I write on it with Sharpies. I also use 3M Post It Flags in bright colors for temporary visual flagging.

The 3M tape never leaves residue and comes in many colors for color coding.

For permanent labeling of mixer cables, power supplies, etc. I use a Brother label printer. Great machines.

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Re: Tape for labeling gear?

Post by TuskSE » Wed May 13, 2020 10:25 am

A note on vinyl electrical tape : there's a real difference in quality depending on where you buy it. The stuff we had at my old workplace very rarely left residue (and if it did, it could be easily cleaned with IPA). Not 100% sure, but I think it was probably branded 3M; in any case, it was not the budget option.

For home use I purchased some cheap rolls from ebay, and they leave a horrible sticky gunk every time. Even a cheap multipack I purchased from RS (a reputable electronics supplier in the UK) leaves more more gunk than whatever the nice stuff was. You get what you pay for I guess!

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