The 10 Best Waterproof Tapes
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Whether you need to seal a leaky pipe, keep a bandage securely fastened, or fix the hose that your dog chewed through, one of these waterproof tapes should be up to the challenge. They can take care of business even when the weather turns nasty or when under a lot of pressure, so you can go about your day without worrying. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
June 26, 2019:
For our latest update, our priority was to maintain a diversified list with exemplary selections, which meant removing Kendall Wet-Pruf and X-Treme Self-Fusing due to recent complaints of ineffectiveness from customers. We felt that the super-strong Gorilla Crystal Clear, with its infinite uses, and the long-lasting Spartan Kinesiology would stand as more than adequate replacements.
You'll find options for every use, from automotive, plumbing, and HVAC (T-Rex Gunmetal, Flex Tape Rubberized, TradeGear Electrical, SolutioNerd Silicone Seal, Gorilla Crystal Clear) to physical therapy and injury recovery (Nexcare Absolute, Spartan Kinesiology), as well as emergency preparedness (Rescue Tape).
There are a few things to bear in mind when using waterproof tape. Arguably the most important thing to do before an application is to ensure that the surface in question is free of dirt and completely clean. Otherwise, the tape will be ineffective. It's also good to know that many plumber's tapes do not rely on adhesive, rather, they stick to themselves, so be sure to wrap it strategically. Many times, you'll need to shut the water off completely prior to applying it so that it has a chance to fully fuse to itself before being put to the test.