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Frequently Asked Questions

Silicone Rescue Tape is so versatile and can be used in so many different ways, you’re bound to have at least a question or two!

Here are some of our most Frequently Asked Questions (and the answers to them).


How does Rescue Tape work?

Rescue Tape is a self-fusing tape. Ingredients in the silicone cause it to permanently bond to itself when stretched or forced together.

How long does it take Rescue Tape to fuse together?

The tighter you stretch Rescue Tape, the quicker it bonds. In most cases, Rescue Tape bonds in just seconds and takes just a minute or two to become permanent.
Because of our high quality control and superior ingredients, Rescue Tape is the fastest bonding self-fusing silicone on the market today.

What is the shelf life? How do I store Rescue Tape?

For the longest shelf life, it should be kept at room temperature and away from direct light or heat. However, these factors only slightly alter the shelf life. Even when stored improperly, Rescue Tape should last for many years. Our customers have reported that our self-fusing silicone kept for decades will still work extremely well!

How much Rescue Tape should I use?

When overlapping Rescue Tape by one-half as directed, you will automatically be left with a “double wrap.” This is sufficient for most weatherproofing applications such as electrical wiring. However, when sealing leaks, the more you use, the stronger the seal will be. Typically 3 to 5 layers thick and 3 to 5 inches to both sides of a damaged hose should repair most leaks. Additional layers may be necessary.

Does the surface of my project have to be clean?

No. Rescue Tape does not stick to the surface of a project, and therefore it does not matter whether the surface is clean or dirty. As long as you can overlap Rescue Tape onto itself, it will work, even if the surface is wet, dirty, or oily. You should avoid getting dirt or oil between the layers, however, as this will interfere with the bonding surface.

Which side of the tape should I use?

Rescue Tape works on either side. Simply remove the mylar backing as you go along.

Will Rescue Tape ever come unraveled?

As long as you have stretched Rescue Tape and followed the directions properly, Rescue Tape will permanently bond to itself and never come unraveled at the bond.

How can I remove Rescue Tape?

Rescue Tape can be cut with a utility knife, razor or scissors. Silicone Rescue Tape will never leave any sticky residue behind like traditional adhesive tapes because there’s no adhesive! (If you’ve ever peeled off electrical tape on a hot day, you know exactly what we’re talking about…ick)

How long will a repair made with Rescue Tape last?

Because there are many, many factors which contribute to a proper repair, there are no guarantees nor a definitive answer as to how long a repair will last. These factors include, but are not limited to: surface conditions, environmental conditions, quantity of tape used, amount of tension Rescue Tape is stretched to, the manner in which it was applied, etc. Because conditions and methods of use are beyond the manufacturer’s control, neither manufacturer nor seller will assume any responsibility for the use or misuse of this product. Silicone Rescue Tape is not designed to be a permanent repair; however, many of our customers have reported that they have made long-lasting permanent repairs.


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