Using athletic tape instead of band-aid?


#1

Hi guys. I just want to ask if I can use an athletic tape (something like this -> http://shop.kineticsclimbing.com.sg/188-thickbox_default/mueller-euro-m-tape-15.jpg) as an alternative for band-aids when doing the “band-aid” mod? Will it have the same effect? I can’t try it now because I still need to order the lube.


#2

I think as long as it can stick to the pcb with no problem and something with cloth like, i think you’re fine. I used another cloth tape, no rattle at all but kinda mushy sounding instead of clacky sounds.


#3

The problem with that tape is that some brands are thicker than others (and they are usually thicker than band-aids), so you might run into issues with your stabs by using them.

But yeah, I’ve used athletic tape in several of my builds with succesful results.


#4

I’ve heard good things about using ice hockey stick tape for this purpose from a few people on Discord. Apparently, it’s as thin as band-aid fabric. This is the one I ordered and that I plan on trying out:

You can also use small, 0.5 mm thick silicone pads. We talked about that in this thread.


#5

Thanks for the feedback! I guess I should try and compare it.


#6

What about Gaff tape?


#7

I’ve used KT tape for all my builds, since I always have a few rolls lying around. I’ve never had any issues with the adhesive and it takes lube really well.


#8

I got the tape in today. The adhesive isn’t anything to write home about (in fact, I’d call it a bit weak), but it does appear to be at least as thin as band-aid fabric. We’ll see how well it works in my next build.


#9

I’ve found the middle part left over from switch films works pretty well for the “band-aid mod” & also still lets the clack of a bottom out sound off. Although there is no cushioning using them. It just helps tighten up the stabs a bit so YMMV depending on your preferences. For me it’s the perfect setup!


#10

Let us know what you think of it. I have a bunch band-aids at home, but a friend of mine pointed out that he’s a fan of ice hockey stick tape, so I’m still undecided.