Product Type: Scotch in Homeware
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Scotch Magic Tape
Member Name: broxi3781
Scotch Magic Tape
Date: 06/01/13, updated on 06/01/13 (123 review reads)
Advantages: Thinner than most tape, will not yellow, no glare, does not leave sticky residue
Disadvantages: Does not have as much strength as ordinary cello tape.
Scotch Magic tape claims to be invisible. It does come very close, but if you look closely you can still see it. But the claim I have always associated with Scotch Magic invisible tape is the magic part and as far as I am concerned - this product really does live up to his name.
I can still very clearly remember the first time I saw Scotch Magic tape. I had just turned 5 and was over the moon to have just been given my very own library card. I was always very careful with books, but I had this wonderful story about a donkey and as I was reading it, I must have been too hasty turning the pages and heard the horrible sound of the page ripping. It sounded like a firework going off and I think I went ghost white with shock. It wasn't a huge tear, but I was certain my library card would be revoked and I would lose the pleasure of our twice monthly visit to what was to me, a treasure trove. I was too upset to speak or cry, but my mother was very good about it saying we would explain it was an accident and ask the library to accept weekly payments until we could repay the damage. So on our next library visit - I approached the librarian once again losing the power of speech. I held out the damaged book and emptied my piggy bank on the desk as my Mother explained it had been accident and we mightn't have enough to pay for it all at once, but would pay something each week until it was cleared.
The librarian smiled and said not to worry - she knew magic. She pulled out a roll of this tape and carefully smoothed a piece over the tear - holding it up and saying it was as good as new. In truth you could very faintly see a slight outline of the tape - but you had to look for it. She handed back my change and said everyone had accidents and she was very happy I had owned up to it - as that meant the book could be fixed without the page tearing all the way off and being lost. I left with a sense of awe for our Magic Librarian - whose kindness still classifies her as magic in my book, as well as the idea that this was the best tape ever.
Many years have passed, and I'm afraid for most jobs I use 2 for £1 rolls of cello tape from the pound shop. My husband was a bit shocked at the price of this small role, although at £2.37 from Tesco - I actually feel it was quite a bargain and I feel I must point out that because it is quite thin, you actually get quite a lot of tape on a small roll. (I've thrown away the paper part so had to look this up and it appears to have 18 yards). Unlike most reviewers - I'm to cheap to use this for wrapping gifts. My sons could really care less if the cello tape shows before they rip the paper from their packages. I have to admit, it would have made the task a lot faster and as I tried to pry the end of the tape from the role for the 100th time I did consider giving and using this. My package came in a handy little plastic dispenser, but even if the end should get lost, it is ever so much easier to start the roll again with this tape. It always starts again smoothly, you never get those skinny strips of tape left on the roll as the piece you are trying to use disintegrates into a triangular shred which leaves you winding up heaps of wasted tape which appear around the house for days after Christmas. I think I'd have saved an hour using this tape, and in all fairness £2.37 isn't really bad to save an hours frustration, and it would look nice on packages.
I bought this tape for one reason and one reason only - to repair books. I had recently bought my son another used book, and this one came with a small tear. I had never used up my previous roll which I had bought about 6 years ago - but my husband had borrowed it once, left it on the ground and stomped on it and tossed the whole thing away.I keep my scotch magic in a drawer, and even after years, it will still work just as well as a new roll.
I buy quite a number of books used - and until recently I used to buy from Awesome Books - who sell books very cheaply, but a large number of them will need repairs. In addition to this, although my sons are very careful with books, they have over the years had a couple of small accidents, and I've also had a few paperback books read over and over, carried about and dropped a few times until the corners have weakened and started to separate into the separate thin sheet which the binding was made from. I've even picked up a couple of paperbacks, which were so old and battered the only way to save them was to cover the entire cover in one strip after another of tape - giving them almost a laminated effect. These are almost always very old books - often exceeding 30 years - all of these are out of print or it wouldn't be worth the effort. Of course I have totally destroyed any value as collectibles, but I don't buy the books as an investment - I buy them to read - and the state of these books means they are not really valued by collectors anyway so I can pick them up for very little.
The wonderful thing about using Scotch Magic is does not stand out on a page like the glare of ordinary cello tape. It is slightly visible, but only just. As the years go by, it does not yellow or become more visible in anyway - it remains very close to invisible. I can't recommend this tape highly enough for basic book repairs and tears - but it has one area where it really earns its title of magic. I'm sure everyone has seen a cheap child's paperback book with the pages falling out. An expensive hard backed volume can be sent to a specialist for rebinding but this is very expensive and I don't think it would even be possible for a tattered paperback. The problem with taping a page back in when the binding has given way though is the thickness of the tape interferes with the way the pages lay. This tape is so thin that if you line it up just right, you can carefully replace the pages and the book will still open and close properly. While this may sound like an awful lot of trouble - many of these stories are simply not available any more and if the rare copy in really good condition does show up you can expect to pay over £100 for some them as compared to £2 - £2.50 for an old battered copy. The vast majority of our books are in excellent condition, but the few held together with as much tape as paper are books that are really worth having. For the most part though - book repair involves a single tear - and with something like this, Scotch Magic really does leave it as good as new if the books only purpose is to be read to a child.
A final book mending trick with this tape is the removal of grubby finger prints - also a hazard of buying used books especially boot sale or charity shop books. Some marks are best removed with a rubber, but fingerprints and food type smudges can usually be lifted by placing a piece of tape over the stain and carefully peeling the tape back up. Most often the dirt stick to the tape, but sometimes it takes a few goes to get it all. I would not use ordinary tape for this because it might leave a sticky residue which would only attract more dirt.
This tape is also sold on Amazon under the photography. I did end up with some old family photos a few years ago which had been taped into a scrapbook. The ones with cello tape were clearly marked - but the ones with ths tape could just be lifted right off for placement in new album. I'm sure there are dozens of other uses I haven't thought of, and I do think this is a wonderful product.
This tape does have some drawbacks though. You do have to apply it slowly and carefully, avoiding air bubbles for something like book repair. You can lift and start over if you have to, but it does take carefully application, especially with damaged bindings. In addition to this, this tape can be torn by hand. This might be a good thing when wrapping gifts, but I really would not feel comfortable using this tape to secure parcels for postage. In addition to this, the tape is not as sticky as ordinary Cello tape. Again this can be good. If you make a mistake fixing a book, you can peel it back up. You can use this any place you might want to remove the tape later as it will not leave sticky marks - I have taped the odd picture to a wall with this, and assuming it stays up it can easily be pulled off without damaging paint or leaving marks - but it will not hold a heavy poster and even with light pictures, it will only work on a completely smooth surface. If you have a textured wall - it just falls right off.
It is perfect for the purpose for which I have purchased this, but I feel it is best suited for lighter applications, where strength is not required, and cosmetics are a factor. I would also strongly advise against using this on cd's or dvd's. Because you can write on it - I got the bright idea once to use it to label cd's. Whether loosened up by the heat or spinning, I don't know, but I did notice it starting to lift and removed all my labels before any were eaten by a dvd player. I don't fancy the idea of bits anything flaoting around in dvd players. It has never peeled up in a book, even with the book being read frequently over a number of years.
Summary: It really is magic in my book.
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