Multi-purpose adhesive tape – A life-saver for summer holidays

19. Jul 2018 | Services

Whether by the mountains, a lake or the sea – the holidays are the best time of the year! That’s one thing we can all agree on, even if we do love our jobs really. But what does adhesive tape have to do with anything?
Many of us are already dreaming of cooling off and chilling out while we swelter away at our desks in this heatwave. For all the daydreamers out there, I’ll give a little glimpse of what a perfect holiday might look like. We’ve got just what you need – even for a few of the awkward scenarios you might face on your holidays!

More than just a summer fling

You’ve just set off – with no particular destination in mind, you simply let the sun guide you and see what the day might bring. You’ve got your tent, camping barbecue and sleeping bag stowed safely in the boot. And your best friend is with you, too. You’re simply inseparable.
The sun sets, the two of you lie in the tent and are perfectly content with life. Not even the rain that starts to fall can bring you down. In fact, you enjoy the pitter-patter of the droplets on the tent canvas.

And then it happens: the tent poles snap, and you have to hold them up so the tent doesn’t collapse. You’re so shocked that you can’t clamber out of your sleeping bag fast enough and you tear a hole in it in the process. The rain isn’t just spitting any more, either. Now it’s tipping it down! As if that weren’t enough, it’s also started to seep in through the roof of the tent. What a calamity!
But never fear – your dream summer won’t turn into a nightmare just yet. Your best friend is there as well, remember? Safely stowed away in your emergency repair kit, you remember your knight in shining armour just in time! With your right hand grasping the tent pole and your left toe plugging the rip in the canvas, you reach out for it. When you finally clasp it in your fingers, you know everything will be just fine!

Et voilà! – The roof is sealed, the tent poles are sturdier than ever, and you can say goodbye to cold feet, too, because your sleeping bag is mended again.
What’s your best friend’s name again? Adhesive tape! You can find this little life-saver in our online catalogue here.

You don’t want to miss out on your coffee while driving away on holiday but you don’t have a cup holder? Just grab a roll of adhesive tape and you’ll be able to put your cup down (almost) anywhere in the car. A little tip: the heavier the roll, the more stable the coffee cup. By the way, this works particularly well with article 50272155 from the Elparts product range!


And that’s not all adhesive tape can do, either:

  • A provisional patch fix for tyres
  • Towing – When correctly twisted and stuck together, it will hold firm as far as the next workshop
  • Saves burst water hoses in the event of a breakdown
  • Seals holes in tents, mosquito nets, clothes, hiking boots
  • Provides first aid for sprained ankles – although you should still visit a doctor!
  • Protects your feet against nasty blisters

A tape for all seasons

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This silicone tape only adheres to itself and therefore does not rely on the consistency of the underlying surface like conventional adhesive tapes do. As a result, it can be used on oily, wet and dirty surfaces alike. Sounds like the tape of your dreams, doesn’t it?



Once upon a time… Our all-rounder’s route into the automotive industry

Adhesive tape originated as far back as the 1880s, when Paul Carl Beiersdorf registered a patent in Hamburg for the first adhesive medical tape.

Have you been pricked by a splinter or a cactus spine? Stick a strip of gaffer tape over it as firmly as possible and simply pull it back out again quickly. Et voilà – a splinter-free holiday!


The foundation for our adhesive crepe tape was laid in the automotive industry back in 1925. However, a problem quickly became apparent during the painting process: it was extremely difficult to achieve a clean edge when two-tone paint jobs were to be applied. Around the same time, a young engineer working at 3M experimented with various types of resin, rubber and plant oils before presenting the very first, self-adhesive crepe paper. When the adhesive tape was finally launched in the late 1920s, the company also made a name for itself in private households.

Long car journeys to holiday destinations are the norm for many people. These also involve frequent changes of driver, which requires constant adjustment of the driver’s seat. To find the right position again quickly, simply stick one piece of adhesive tape to the seat and another to the door threshold at the same level. Doing so ensures that the distance from the steering wheel will soon be the same as it was before without faffing about.


Duct tape – Born out of war

Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. That was also true in this case. Duct tape – as we know it today – emerged in the 1940s as the Second World War raged in Europe. The problem faced at the time was a serious difficulty in sealing ammunition boxes to protect against moisture, which is why the US government commissioned the firm Johnson and Johnson to develop a military-grade adhesive tape. Still green at the time (just like the tanks it was used in), the tape was made of tightly meshing canvas material, plastic (polyethylene) and a rubber-based adhesive. This combination resulted in a tape which was not only strongly adhesive, but also water-repellent. Naturally, it didn’t just remain in use for the ammunition boxes. Countless minor repairs to tanks and other vehicles were made using the tape.

In April 1970, after an oxygen tank exploded, astronauts saved themselves and the entire Apollo 13 mission using a taped-up oxygen filter.



Many names, one product

The tape’s consistency was reminiscent of ducks’ down – a similarity which gave rise to its alternative name of “duck tape”.

Later, adhesive tape would mainly come to be used for repairing ducts, such as those in heating systems. By this point, the tape was no longer the same shade of military green, but had gained the silvery colour most commonly seen today. This colour was intended to be less noticeable on the ducts which had been patched up. Naturally, this was the origin of its most common name in English: duct tape.

Gaffer tape, on the other hand, took its name from the field of lighting technology. The term “gaffer” refers to the person responsible for lighting at concerts and other events.

In one of our blog posts from last year, you can find everything else you should always keep in the car, in addition to a handy checklist.