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Binding Tape

About This Item

First choice for binding work! High-tack adhesive and tough crepe backing make this the strongest paper tape we've found for securing bindings while the glue dries.

3/4" x 60-yard (19mm x 55-meter) roll.

Not recommended for use on vintage or delicate finishes.

Our binding tape has a strong adhesive—good for applying pressure, but be cautious about using tape on soft top woods like spruce. With soft woods, first stick our binding tape to a cotton t-shirt to give it less tack before applying it. This will help reduce the possibility of any damage when you go to remove it.

Once the glue is dry, remove any tape slowly and gently—pulling at an angle and lightly rubbing it with your index finger. Warming the tape will also help it lift away easily without pulling out wood fibers.

For more information, see our How to Install Bindings article.

Didn't this tape used to be brown?
"If you've used our binding tape in the past, you may recall that it used to be brown instead of orange. We carried this brown tape for many years and it became a favorite in shops across the world (including our own). So it took us by surprise when we learned that the factory which made the tape had shut its doors for good, and the beloved brown tape would no longer be available.

"After our efforts to persuade the manufacturer to continue production proved unsuccessful, the search began for a new tape that would live up to the standards set by the brown tape: a strong tack that doesn't leave a residue, a tough but flexible paper backing, and a thin adhesive that resists creeping under pressure. Our R&D team tested dozens of tapes of all different brands and colors, even trying a tape used by a local pizza shop to attach delivery receipts to their pizza boxes! Finally, after months of sourcing and testing options, we found the orange tape we're currently stocking. We've found it to work just as well as the old tape...if not better!"
—Matt Brooker, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor


Instructions

Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

Overview of binding, purfling, and other instrument trim, including binding recommendations and installation techniques.

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5.0

I like it

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I was hesitant to order when I saw that the binding tape had changed. Weren't we all?
Anyway, I have used the new orange tape and it worked great for me.

I had half a roll of the old style and used new and old to bind a couple of bodies.

One thing that was also a pleasant surprise was how much easier it was to remove the next morning.

4.0

Almost as good?

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I really miss the old brown tape but if the manufacturer goes out of business what can you do. This new orange tape works quite well but is thinner than the old brown and somehow seems weaker. I have had no real failures with it but I still don't completely trust it... I guess I'll just have to get used to it.

3.0

OK, not great

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This tape really didn't work very well. It just isn't sticky enough. And forget about pulling it off and re-sticking, which you pretty much have to do if you need to tighten the binding strips. I will just us gaffers tape or blue masking tape.

3.0

New Binding tape

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The new orange tape has a less aggressive adhesive and its over all strength compared to the older brown binding tape is obvious (not as strong). I just finished applying wood binding to a parlor style guitar. Luckily I had some of the old brown tape for the more challenging areas. In the end I find the old brown tape much stronger but the new orange tape can work.

5.0

Great product

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This tape did the job for me when binding. While I did use the "tee shirt trick" for tape touching the spruce top, I had no issues removing the tape and it held very well. Will use it again on my next build.

5.0

binding tape

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I am relatively new to guitar repair (7 years).. and my stupidity was showing. I don't know how I managed without this binding tape.. it holds in a way no other tape Ive used over the years.. love it.. thanks

3.0

The old brown binding tape was much better.

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This stuff is like extra sticky painters tape. The brown tape was stickier and stronger.

2.0

not too impressed

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The tape has good stretch but very poor sticking quality

Response from StewMac

We're sorry to hear our Binding Tape didn't meet your expectations. If you'd like to return it for a refund or exchange, please call us at 1-800-848-2273.

5.0

A definite improvement.

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I use a lot of wood binding which can be more difficult to handle than plastic, but the stretch and greater tear strength of the orange tape has made life a bit easier.

5.0

A die hard "brown tape" guy converted

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I was devastated when the brown tape was discontinued, but the orange tape has converted me. I feel I can get more clamping pressure out of the orange, and it doesn't break as easily. Don't be scared, it's good stuff.

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