ISC Black Reflective Tape

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Hairy Little Dwarf
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Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:34 am

I wanted a few reflectives on the Tahe for the usual reasons. Although I didn't want to compromise the black and white scheme, so standard SOLAS was out.

Feedback from the forum led me to Segedin Truck and Auto Parts in Mangere (Thanks Mental :y: )
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And there I found the elusive black retro reflective tape
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For your $13.60, you get two 600mm strips, 25mm and 13mm wide. Reasonable value for money compared to the standard SOLAS tape pricing at around $20/m.

The visual appearance of the film in daylight is similar to black insulating tape, semi-gloss but with a very light 'mica' sheen. It's not "jet-black", more of a slightly less black than a really black thing.

Application was simple. Regular peel n' stick, and the tape isn't one of those annoying ones that curls up and grabs everything except where you want it to go.
Being a plastic film, there is a little leeway laterally to ease a gentle curve into the line if needed so you're not restricted to a dead straight line.

The result?
Quite impressed and worth the coin if you're fussy about appearances.
It's not as efficient as SOLAS tape, although that's the compromise you have to accept for the stealth aspect.
Durability should be okay on a good surface (gelcoat), although I suspect it may have limited life on PE yaks, unless well prepped (e.g. flaming etc)

Service from STA was fast and hassle free too.

This stuff gets a 4 out of 5 Dwarf rating
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Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:14 pm

That I like and shall score some, You reckon it will stick to the profish Ok Pete ?

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Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:35 pm

Not sure of the finish on the Profish, with the right prep you should be okay.

I haven't had my tape long enough to give a verdict on durability, although I had a pick at a corner this morning and it feels good and solid.


For the price of a packet of Gulp, I'd say give it a thrash.
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Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:33 am

8) "Flash blacks" there Pete :)
Yeah good and like the Orca sticker to .
Be good on the Torres black topsides but already used the other stuff, know next time when renewing :y:
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Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:19 am

Looks good ...and a great "Dwarf score" as well !
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Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:06 pm

Hi HLD, do you think it would be ok for use on a carbon paddle?
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Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:50 pm

Douugie wrote:Hi HLD, do you think it would be ok for use on a carbon paddle?
I can't see too much issue with that - Try it out, although my preference on paddles would be for the silver SOLAS as that gives you daylight vis as well.
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Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:24 pm

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:
Douugie wrote:Hi HLD, do you think it would be ok for use on a carbon paddle?
I can't see too much issue with that - Try it out, although my preference on paddles would be for the silver SOLAS as that gives you daylight vis as well.
Thanks HLD, will go with the Solas tape in that case. :beer:
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