What is Teflon® Tape?
The truth is, Teflon tape is not actually a product at all. However, pipe thread tape is commonly referred to as Teflon® Tape. Much like Kleenex®, Band Aids®, or Q-Tips®, Teflon® is actually a brand name that has since become genericized in the American lexicon. Teflon® creator DuPont®, has even published information on its site addressing the confusion (Read Dupot’s® statement on ‘Teflon® tape’ here).
Pipe thread tape, or ‘plumbing tape’ is made from Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). A non-toxic and stable synthetic fluoropolymer, PTFE is known for its friction reducing advantages and excellent dielectric properties. However, there is no thread seal tape product with the name ‘Teflon® Tape’.
How did the name ‘Teflon® Tape’ become so commonly used?
At some point, various retailers started incorrectly marketing their pipe thread tape as ‘PTFE Teflon® Tape’ or ‘Teflon® Plumbing Tape’.
Since Teflon® is a registered trademark of DuPont, these manufacturers marketing the name ‘Teflon® Tape’ were actually falsely mis-representing the product. In order for any product to market the ‘Teflon®’ brand, it must contain the unique ingredients and be properly licensed through DuPont.
At Electro Tape, we offer several grades of pipe thread sealing tape. All our PTFE products listed below either meet or exceed military specification MIL-T-27730A (superseded by A-A-58092). Click on any of the pipe thread seal products below to find out more information or contact us today to place an order.