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    In re-wiring our project car, I noticed that the engine compartment, and under dash harness, were wrapped with what appeared to be regular electric tape. It was sticky and shiny. It was definitely factory. What is the definitive source or product used for a factory looK?

    Thank you. Eric
     
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    I never use that sticky stuff, it's hell when you have to trouble shoot a wiring problem. Once I found linerless tape I'll never use any other tape for wiring. It stays in place, is waterproof and it doesn't leave all that sticky crap behind. But that's just me. Treblig
     
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      Please tell me more about this linerless tape? Doesn't have it he say? What is the difference between it and electrical tape? Thank you very much. Eric
       
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      I can get some pics in a while. Linerless tape is very similar to electrical tape except for three differences....It's more flexible, it's waterproof and it's not sticky. I've used it for years and buy it whenever I see it in a store. It's non-conductive just like electrical tape but to me the big difference is the non-sticky surface. It attaches/binds using friction/contraction. I even use on my house electrical stuff also. I have no idea why anyone would use that sticky stuff when you can do the same job with linerless tape, unless you're going for the total factory vibe. treblig
       
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      Is this the product you're referring to?

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      No that's not it......... this is what I'm talking about:

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      When you use it you have to carefully stretch it as you wrap the wiring harness. It takes a little practice to know when to stop stretching. If you stretch it too much it breaks but it's no big deal because you can easily tape over any breaks. Keeping the roll warm help a lot, it is rubber after all!! One roll goes a long way because it will stretch about 3 times the length of the roll. It gives you a waterproof seal and last basically forever and if you wrap your wiring carefully it will look just like the factory wiring. I'll never buy regular electrical tape again!! NEVER!! This stuff has no glue on it, no sticky stuff..when you remove it it comes off clean and leaves no sticky residue.
      If you've ever unwrapped electrical tape and got your fingers all black and sticky then you know what I'm talking about, you can't touch anything else without getting that sticky crap all over everything!!

      I always find it at Home Depot!!
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        Found it! I'll be picking that up after work today. Thank you very very much.

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        You're welcome. Just do a little experimenting on how to stretch and wrap it. After you stretch it try and keep it stretched as you wrap the wiring, this is what makes it cling and bind. Cold weather will keep it from stretching properly so keep it inside until you're ready to use it. It takes very little practice and once you get good at it you'll love the results. But the best part is if you ever have to remove it to work on the wiring. I have found that the easiest way to remove it is by using a razor blade to split the tape cutting along the axis of the wiring. It's really amazing how well it will bond itself without any sticky glue. Treblig
         
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          I used that stuff as well and love it. How did you terminate a wrap though? I found that since it doesn't stick to itself, you have to use tape on the ends to terminate the wrap.
           
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            There's two ways. First you can stretch to the max then wrap it tightly while pressing on it with your thumb and it will adhere or you can stretch it and pull it through the wires at the end of your wrap, this jams it in between the wires and it can't escape. I found that it's almost impossible to unwarp the tape once it's been properly applied, that's why i found that a razor blade was the easiest way to get it back off. If you've used it before you know that it doesn't come off easily even though it has no adhesive. The longer it sits on the wires the more it seems to bond. I'm not sure how it works but I love the "Non-sticky" aspect of the tape. treblig
             
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              I've just always heard it referred to as loom tape.

              I always suggest looking at F6 for loom cover, and F4 harness tape. Both can be found on Amazon and look outstanding
               
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                I use the same type tape. To secure it I will wrap a small loop of regular electric tape at the end of the wrap or if it's a really long wrap like the wires going back to tail lights, I will put a single loop every 5 feet or so. That way, if you are ever diagnosing a problem or need to remove the tape, it will not all come unraveled leaving a mess of unwrapped tape. The worse thing that could happen is having to remove a loop of regular electrical tape if I need to go beyond that point.
                 
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