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Can You Use Any Type of Tape on a Package?

Unfortunately, you can but you run the risk of having your package open up during shipping as well as the contents spilling out. We recommend using a good carton-sealing tape, either poly or water activated to ensure the safe delivery of your package.

Watch the video above to see how different types of tapes fare on a corrugated box.

Video Transcript:

Hey everyone, Ricky Chu from Chu’s Packaging Supplies here. Today, I’m going to talk about something we see way too often is somebody using any non-carton sealing tape to try to seal a box. I’ll show you how you start with non-carton sealing tape works with the box when you’re trying to seal it and help you decide on which one you should use and which one you shouldn’t use.

Generally, we would stay away from using anything that’s not a carton sealing tape, but sometimes you only have things laying around and you’ve got to ship something quick. So four different rolls of tape here of a duct tape masking tape, aisle marking tape and an electrical tape. None of these have the intended use of sealing boxes, but we’ve seen people use it.

So I’ll show you what happens when you do I’ll start with the masking tape. And most everybody has a roll of masking tape somewhere in their house or their garage. So masking tape is cool because it’s easy to tear. made out of paper , you seal the box with it.

Not too bad. Right? But does it have a good adhesive on it? Tears easily. Someone could break in your box fairly, fairly easily. If they wanted to masking tape is very easy to tear. Second, I have a duct tape. So duct tape is much stronger. It’s also easy to tear, but on that adhesive side, it’s much, much stronger.

So even though it’s not recommended, I’ve seen a lot of people use duct tape on boxes.

It’s not the most ideal, but it gets the job done. Another thing to keep in mind is duct tape per roll, costs way more than a carton sealing tape. So if you’re trying to save money by doing this. You’re actually spending more money. This is an aisle marking vinyl tape. So not as easy to tear as the first two, it’s actually pretty stretchy.

So it doesn’t rip as easily. Very durable. The problem is that the adhesive is not formulated for this. Isn’t made for corrugated. It’s made for concrete and flooring to mark off areas for safety reasons. So have you tried to use this on a box?

Doesn’t stick at all. I would definitely not recommend it for the aisle marking tape electrical tape. Usually it’s black, but we have yellow. We have white, we have green, all the different colors, very similar to the formula of the vinyl tape stretches a lot. Doesn’t rip as easily. Like the mask and a duct tapes, but

the adhesive, isn’t that strong either . So your packages will arrive to their destination, popped open or missing because they fell out somewhere along the way. Your best bet to make sure your shipments get to the destination secure and safe. Is to use a nice carton sealing tape either poly or water activated. For more information on all of our carton-sealing tapes and industrial tapes, please visit our website at

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