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Local sources for Kapton tape?
Posted by Hergy on Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:18 PM

I see Kapton tape mentioned in many articles used in installing DCC etc. I can find sources for this tape on mail order, but surely someone locally must carry this stuff. Radio Shack is clueless. Where else would you suggest I look for this stuff locally (types of businesses)?

Otherwise, if I must send away, what are your suggestions for sources. I see that Amazon has it.

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Posted by cacole on Sunday, January 30, 2011 2:50 PM

I don't think you're going to have any luck at all locating a "local source" for Kapton tape.  Kapton tape is so specialized that Radio Shack or any other store doesn't have a clue what you're looking for.

Some DCC installers such as Litchfield Station sell it.  I bought a roll from Mouser Electronics years ago.  It is very expensive compared to other types of electrical tape and is sold only by the roll from places such as Litchfield, who charges $10 per roll plus postage.

http://www.litchfieldstation.com/xcart/home.php?cat=173 

By typing "Kapton tape" into Google, several sources show up.  The cheapest price I saw was from the following company, but notice the statement that it ships from a warehouse in China.  They offer free shipping, but there are also several caveats about transit time, their being closed for the Chinese New Year, etc.

http://www.meritline.com/high-temperature-kapton-tape---p-58853.aspx?source=fghdac 

If you have an e-Bay account and just type Kapton tape into their search function several sources show up ranging in price from around $3 per roll to over $20 per roll.

 

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Posted by Hergy on Sunday, January 30, 2011 3:15 PM

Thanks for the reply. I think I will order from Amazon since I get free shipping and 2 day delivery. A 1/2" x 36yd roll is $12.76 which should last me for quite a while. Kind of expensive (but so is adding sound decoders).

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Posted by hon30critter on Sunday, January 30, 2011 4:21 PM

Hi everyone:

Pardon my ignorance but what is Kapton tape and what are the advantages to using it?

Thanks

Dave

I'm just a dude with a bad back having a lot of fun with model trains, and finally building a layout!

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Posted by cacole on Sunday, January 30, 2011 4:49 PM

Kapton tape is a very thin, high dielectric tape that is used during decoder installations because it sticks much better and longer than other electrical tapes, and is so thin that you can see through it.

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Posted by cacole on Sunday, January 30, 2011 5:04 PM

Hergy

A 1/2" x 36yd roll is $12.76 which should last me for quite a while.

Get the narrower 1/4 inch roll if they have it -- I have ran into situations where 1/2 inch would be too wide to fit.

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Posted by rrinker on Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:21 PM

 Considering most decoder installs use an inch or two, yeah, 36 yards should last a LONG time.

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Posted by JSperan on Monday, January 31, 2011 9:09 AM

cacole

Kapton tape is a very thin, high dielectric tape that is used during decoder installations because it sticks much better and longer than other electrical tapes, and is so thin that you can see through it.

The reason it sticks longer than regular electrical tape is because the Kapton tapes adhesive does not deteriorate over time with exposure to heat from motors etc.

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Posted by DigitalGriffin on Monday, January 31, 2011 11:03 AM

Plumbing supply store.  It's commonly used to wrap threaded pipes.

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Posted by Javelina on Monday, January 31, 2011 1:55 PM

I suppose you could give Amazon the extra profit, or you could order it from McMaster-Carr. (www.mcmaster.com) 1/2 x 36yds is about 4 bucks and change. Order all your small taps, drills and so on from them. If they don't have it, you don't need it.

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Posted by cacole on Monday, January 31, 2011 2:16 PM

DigitalGriffin

Plumbing supply store.  It's commonly used to wrap threaded pipes.

NO -- Kapton tape is not the same as the white Teflon tape used on water pipe threads!

http://www.kaptontape.com/ 

 

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Posted by DigitalGriffin on Monday, January 31, 2011 3:08 PM

cacole

 DigitalGriffin:

Plumbing supply store.  It's commonly used to wrap threaded pipes.

 

NO -- Kapton tape is not the same as the white Teflon tape used on water pipe threads!

http://www.kaptontape.com/ 

 

Quite right you are Cole.  I got the two mixed up.

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Posted by MM87082 on Friday, October 16, 2020 8:43 AM

You best options would definatly be Amazon, about 10$ and free shipping.

In the past I have also ran into project where I needed narrow rolls of like 1/8" and 2/8", these need people with machine that can cut the tape. Find these guys online, they were pretty fast on custom sized Kapton tape.

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