Tom: Hey, it’s Tom Kraeutler at the National Hardware Show standing with Steve Wagner. Steve is here to talk about a new product called T-Rex which markets itself as ferociously strong tape. It’s made by the Shurtec company. Steve, is this product really stronger than standard duct tape, and how so?
Steve: Yeah, absolutely. It’s not just stronger, with better adhesion, with better all weather properties as well. The reason being is, everybody knows that duct tape is really just a combination of three materials. You’ve got your polyethylene backing. You’ve got woven cloth, and then you have an adhesive which is usually rubber based. T-Rex takes each one of those elements and it ups the ante with each one. You’ve got a super thick PE backing that’s a nice gunmetal gray color, so it molds in with projects. It’s got a really hearty all weather durability. You’ve got an extra woven cloth which has up to 52 pounds of tensile strength, so you know it’s going to be super strong for any project that you use. That adhesive that we use, it’s not only double thick, so you can grind it into rougher, dirtier surfaces, but it also has UV blocking materials in it. That adhesive won’t break down over time when you use it outside.
Tom: What about the ability of the adhesive to stand up to moisture. A lot of times, you repair something and you go right out into the rain and it’s completely drenched. Is it going to stay secure?
Steve: Absolutely. One of the things about our adhesive, we don’t skimp on the rubber that we use today. We use a high quality grade rubber. We source it ourselves and I actually took one of our 12 year rolls of T-Rex tape this winter. We froze it in a block of ice for 3 weeks. I smashed it out on a January day. It was 15 degrees outside. We’re in Cleveland, Ohio and I threw it right on my car, sight unseen. That gives you a little bit of testimony of how that tape-. Remember, freezing it, it’s sitting in water for a little while. Now you’re breaking it out of a block of frozen ice and it’s working for you, yes. Our tape will stand up to any type of wet or aggressive environments.
Tom: The product’s called T-Rex, it’s by Shurtec, ferociously strong tape. Where is it available?
Steve: This tape is available nationally with major retailers like Walmart, Ace, Meyer, and we’re really excited to come out with a few new formats. We have a 35 yard, we have a 30 yard wide, a 12 yard, and we have our ferocious little mighty roll which is a 1 inch by 10 yard tape, perfect for hiking and camping.
Tom: Steve Wagner from Shurtec Brands. Thank you so much for being a part of The Money Pit’s Top Products Podcast.
Steve: Thanks a lot Tom, I appreciate it.