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Polyken 231

Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape

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Product Description

Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape, used for aerospace and military packaging, is a waterproof packaging and sealing duct tape that offers high performance for the most demanding applications. Polyken 231 can be effectively used for surface masking and media blast protection on cars and other vehicles. It's also highly recommended for seaming applications (like tarps) and bundling. With an adhesive that's stiffer than Nashua 357 tape, it offers superior bonding to flat surfaces like glass, and can withstand extreme temperatures.

The benefits of Polyken 231 duct tape include:

  • Conformability
  • High tensile strength
  • Resistance to moisture, abrasion and solvents
  • High tack
  • Powerful adhesion to most surfaces (including glass)
  • Ability to hold up in extreme temperatures
  • Crisp, straight tear

This Polyken duct tape is manufactured to conform to ASTM D-5486 Type IV Class 1 (which supersedes PPP-T-60D & E Type IV, Class 1) and to DPM 871-3.

Note: Polyken 231 is not ideally suited to irregular or uneven surfaces.

Product Applications

  • Reupholster an office chair
  • Repairs on boats and aircraft
  • Outdoor items that are exposed to water and UV
  • Hold straps up on military Alice packs
  • Patch up a ruck sack
  • Covers holes in a poncho
  • Heavy duty binding
  • Temporary seal on products
  • Bind excess webbing material
  • Household repair projects
  • Cold weather applications (weather stripping, etc.)
  • Reinforce outdoor hanging chairs and other outdoor furniture

Polyken 231 Sizes and Shelf Life

Polyken 231 arrives at our converter in jumbo log roll format, so we ship it on non-branded plain white cores. This large size also allows us to offer non-standard widths. When cut from source log roll material, this duct tape has a shelf life of 1 year from the manufacturer's date. For special-order 2-inch and 3-inch rolls, which comes on branded Polyken cores, the shelf life is 3 years from the manufacturer's date. NSN 7510-00-074-4961.

Conformance Documentation

Made in the U.S.

Warning: This product can expose you to chemicals including 2-Mercaptobenzothiazole, which is [are] known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/.

If your order will not be for a full case and you require certificate of conformance documentation to ship with your order please see our policy at https://www.findtape.com/customer/help.aspx#p4 so that the proper request (and charge) can be made at the time the order is placed.

 

Technical Information

Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
  • Standards Met: ASTM D 5486 Type IV Class 1 (supercedes PPP-T-60D & E Type IV Class 1); DPM 871-3
  • Carrier/Backing: polyethylene (PE) coated cloth
  • Adhesive: natural rubber   How are adhesives different?
  • Thickness: 12 mils (carrier, adhesive)   What is mil thickness?
  • Adhesion: 95 ounces per inch (to stainless steel test panel)
  • Adhesion to Backing: 40 ounces per inch
  • Tensile Strength: 50 pounds per inch (longitudinal)
  • Service/Operating Temperature: 40°F to 200°F
  • Elongation: 13%
  • VOC Content: < 1 g/L
  • Core: 3" diameter
Note: Specifications are those given by manufacturers and are not tested for accuracy.

Alert Roll Sizes/Widths

Please note that tape rolls are NOT guaranteed to be splice-free. Tape rolls are typically cut to standard tape industry metric-cut sizes - or approx 5% narrower than the nominal size (i.e. 24mm per 1-inch of nominal width ordered).

Please contact us to inquire about pricing for full-cut widths (e.g. a 6 inch roll cut to exactly 152mm instead of 144mm).

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This product can be used as an alternative to the following products(s):

  • Shurtape #PC-625
PLEASE NOTE: "Alternative" to is NOT the same as equivalent to so please ensure the specifications listed are suitable for your application.
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231 Standard sizes

ROLL SIZEITEM # ROLLS PER CASE QUANTITY ORDERING PRICE PER ROLL PRICE PER CASE

1 in. x 60 yds.

Actual Size: 24mm x 55m

231/ 16048

Single Roll (1-47 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (48-239 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (240-479 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 480 Rolls)

$8.36

$7.06

$6.79

$6.52

N/A

$338.88

$325.92

$312.96

2 in. x 60 yds. *branded Polyken core

Actual Size: 48mm x 55m

231/ 260B24

Single Roll (1-23 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (24-119 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (120-239 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 240 Rolls)

$18.06

$16.01

$15.40

$14.78

N/A

$384.24

$369.60

$354.72

2 in. x 60 yds. *converted white core

Actual Size: 48mm x 55m

231/ 26024

Single Roll (1-23 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (24-119 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (120-239 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 240 Rolls)

$15.46

$13.81

$13.16

$12.62

N/A

$331.44

$315.84

$302.88

3 in. x 60 yds. *branded Polyken core

Actual Size: 72mm x 55m

231/ 360B16

Single Roll (1-15 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (16-79 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (80-159 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 160 Rolls)

$26.70

$24.04

$23.12

$22.19

N/A

$384.64

$369.92

$355.04

3 in. x 60 yds. *converted white core

Actual Size: 72mm x 55m

231/ 36016

Single Roll (1-15 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (16-79 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (80-159 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 160 Rolls)

$22.80

$20.77

$19.80

$19.00

N/A

$332.32

$316.80

$304.00

4 in. x 60 yds.

Actual Size: 96mm x 55m

231/ 46012

Single Roll (1-11 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (12-59 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (60-119 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 120 Rolls)

$31.40

$28.09

$27.03

$25.93

N/A

$337.08

$324.36

$311.16

6 in. x 60 yds.

Actual Size: 144mm x 55m

231/ 6608

Single Roll (1-7 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (8-39 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (40-79 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 80 Rolls)

$46.42

$42.16

$40.53

$38.90

N/A

$337.28

$324.24

$311.20

Nominal Tape Widths vs Actual Widths

Nominal vs. Actual Widths Zoom In

Tape rolls are cut to standard tape industry metric widths of approx. 24mm per 1-inch of nominal width ordered. As a result ACTUAL tape widths are normally 5% narrower than the NOMINAL width shown in inches. Examples:

  • 1" Nominal width = 15/16" (24mm) Actual width
  • 2" Nominal width = 1-7/8" (48mm) Actual width
  • 3" Nominal width = 2-13/16" (72mm) Actual width

Note that tape rolls are NOT guaranteed to be splice-free.

Custom Tape Widths
May be Available!

  • Need custom sized or "full-cut" width tapes? Many of our tapes come to our converter as full wide width "log rolls" (not pre-cut), and can be custom cut to widths not shown in the pricing table.
  • Contact us today for pricing and minimum requirements to order your desired tape in a custom width.
  • Please note that since this tape comes in "log roll" format most rolls ship on a plain white core (i.e. with no branding or text inside the core).

231 Special Order Sizes

ROLL SIZEITEM # ROLLS PER CASE QUANTITY ORDERING PRICE PER ROLL PRICE PER CASE

1/2 in. x 60 yds.

Actual Size: 12mm x 55m

231/ 056096

Single Roll (1-95 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (96-479 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (480-959 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 960 Rolls)

$5.29 12 item minimum

$3.81

$3.67

$3.54

N/A

$365.76

$352.32

$339.84

3/4 in. x 60 yds.

Actual Size: 18mm x 55m

231/ 0756064

Single Roll (1-63 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (64-319 Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (320-639 Rolls)

10+ Cases (>= 640 Rolls)

$6.98 6 item minimum

$5.39

$5.19

$4.97

N/A

$344.96

$332.16

$318.08

1 in. x 60 yds. **full width cut

Actual Size: 25.4mm wide

Approximately 3 extra business days to ship
231/ 1F6048

Single Roll (1-47 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (48, 96, 144, ... Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (240, 288, 336, ... Rolls)

10+ Cases (480, 528, 576, ... Rolls)

1 case minimum

$8.61

$8.26

$7.94

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$413.28

$396.48

$381.12

1-1/2 in. x 60 yds.

Actual Size: 36mm x 55m

Approximately 3 extra business days to ship
231/ 156032

Single Roll (1-31 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (32, 64, 96, ... Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (160, 192, 224, ... Rolls)

10+ Cases (320, 352, 384, ... Rolls)

$12.55 6 item minimum

$10.60

$10.19

$9.79

N/A

$339.20

$326.08

$313.28

1-3/4 in. x 60 yds. **full width cut

Actual Size: 42mm x 55m

Approximately 3 extra business days to ship
231/ 175F6024

Single Roll (1-23 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (24, 48, 72, ... Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (120, 144, 168, ... Rolls)

10+ Cases (240, 264, 288, ... Rolls)

1 case minimum

$13.66

$13.14

$12.61

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$327.84

$315.36

$302.64

2 in. x 20 yds. *20-yard rolls

Actual Size: 48mm x 18m

Approximately 10 extra business days to ship
231/ 22030

Single Roll (1-29 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (30, 60, 90, ... Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (150, 180, 210, ... Rolls)

10+ Cases (300, 330, 360, ... Rolls)

1 case minimum

$6.08

$5.86

$5.62

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$182.40

$175.80

$168.60

2-1/2 in. x 60 yds.

Actual Size: 60mm x 55m

Approximately 3 extra business days to ship
231/ 256020

Single Roll (1-19 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (20, 40, 60, ... Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (100, 120, 140, ... Rolls)

10+ Cases (200, 220, 240, ... Rolls)

$19.79 ½ case minimum

$17.59

$16.91

$16.24

N/A

$351.80

$338.20

$324.80

12 in. x 60 yds. [need machinery to unwind] **full width cut

Actual Size: 304.8mm wide

Approximately 3 extra business days to ship
231/ 12F604

Single Roll (1-3 Rolls)

1 - 4 Cases (4, 8, 12, ... Rolls)

5 - 9 Cases (20, 24, 28, ... Rolls)

10+ Cases (40, 44, 48, ... Rolls)

$96.99

$89.37

$85.93

$82.49

N/A

$357.48

$343.72

$329.96

Special Order Policies & Footnotes:

Special Order Policies

  • Special orders are non-returnable (and non-cancelable if materials have been already ordered or cut before the cancellation request was received).
  • Special order sizes often ship direct from our supplier so will not arrive together with stocked products.

Special Order Minimums

  • Minimum requirements apply because a size may be non-stock or if special setup is required to cut rolls to your desired custom width.
  • Minimum Quantities: If a particular size has a minimum item requirement, please only order that size in multiples of that minimum (e.g. if the minimum is 12, then use multiples like 12, 24, 36, etc).

Question & Answers

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C
Customer Nov 28, 2017
QUESTION: Is the surface of this tape a dull olive drab or shiny?
ANSWER: It's a polyethylene-coated cloth duct tape so would be shiny unlike a matte vinyl-coated cloth gaffers tape. Thank you. 
C
Customer May 13, 2017
QUESTION: Where is it made?
ANSWER: Polyken/Berry Plastics makes this tape in Franklin, Kentucky. 

User Reviews

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MC
Mark C. Verified Buyer Apr 10, 2020
Seems like god quality tape.
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Seems like god quality tape. Kind of expensive.
DP
DEAN P. Verified Buyer Jan 02, 2020
Clean&Tuff
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Cuts clean. Tough as nails. Works well for everything.
DT
Dave T. Verified Buyer Nov 07, 2019
Great! will be buying more
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Great! will be buying more
JS
Joseph S. Verified Buyer Jul 08, 2019
Great tape
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Great tape
JD
John D. Verified Buyer Jun 16, 2019
Awesome tape, it's exactly what
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Awesome tape, it's exactly what I needed. Great product
SK
Stewart K. Verified Buyer Nov 02, 2018
Easy to work with and you folks have great delivery.
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Needed to wait for it to warm up more the day I used it outside tape still stuck down and is still good. Temps where in low 40’s after rain.
PG
Penney g. Verified Buyer Sep 20, 2018
Great you can special order smaller roll
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Sometimes smaller is betyer
CG
Charles G. Verified Buyer Jan 24, 2018
PolyKen 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Excellent tape for what we us it for. We deploy Traffic Counters with Road Tubes and the use of the tape secures our hoses to the asphalt very well.
MK
Mical K. Verified Buyer Oct 09, 2017
great
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
great
KP
KC P. Verified Buyer Aug 02, 2017
6 inch duct tape
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
I bought this extra wide tape to secure 4x6 barn mats together in my garage-shop. It worked great to hide seams and keep them together.
JM
james m. Verified Buyer May 23, 2017
Polyken military grade duct tape
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Having used this tape for years, both at my place of employment and at home, I have found this to be a superior product well worth the cost.
M
Michael Verified Buyer May 26, 2016
I would like to purchase this product again.
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Good product good service.
M
mike Verified Buyer Mar 09, 2012
Stuff Works - Great Price
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Good stuff.
G
grahambo Verified Buyer Feb 07, 2012
NICE
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
I have a left over roll from app. 1995, it's still good! We actually use this on one of our products as a temporary seal. We chose it for its adhesion at app. 10-15 degrees F. Compared to other high end "duct tapes" the Polyken 231 beat them all. No wonder the military loves this stuff.
Polyken 231 Military Grade Duct Tape
Made in the USA
hot melt rubber (synthetic)
Offers the widest range of application flexibility available. Exhibits excellent processing performance whether manually or automatically applied. Has superior tensile strength, adhesion properties and holding force which ensures consistent, reliable seals. Hot melt adhesive will bond faster to a surface which is referred to as quick-grab or quick-stick. It typically has higher tack (will feel stickier to the touch), but is also softer. It has lower heat resistance, shear resistance, and sometimes UV resistance than an acrylic adhesive. NOTE: it is called hot melt because the adhesive is applied hot by the manufacturer and then hardens as it cools (you do not need to apply heat to the tape yourself).
natural rubber
Properties are similar to that of hot melt rubber, but natural rubber often holds where other adhesives won't (recycled fibers, dust, cold, heat and heavy loads). It provides good overall adhesion and moisture resistance.
acrylic
Offer excellent performance, especially for applications in temperatures less than 40°F and greater then 120°F. It provides excellent clarity, has high shear strength, is usually more permanent/durable even when exposed to moisture, and it ages well over extended periods in fluorescent and sunlight. Since it remains clear for the life of the application and does not yellow over time it is ideal for applications such as sealing white cartons. While it has good initial adhesion it does take 24-48 hours to cure and to achieve its maximum bond strength (has gradual adhesion buildup). Another difference between hot melt rubber and acrylic adhesive is if you fold tape over making the two adhesive sides touch the acrylic adhesive will remain attached to the carrier (e.g. paper, film) while a hot melt adhesive will stick to itself and pull off of the carrier. It is the best choice for clarity, UV resistance and aging characteristics.
silicone
Is great for extreme temperature applications since silicone adhesive can work in continuous operating temperatures from -100°F to 500°F. They also exhibit good chemical resistance, retain electrical properties, and remove cleanly with little or no residue.
zinc oxide
Zinc oxide based adhesive formula is a skin-friendly adhesive which is commonly used on sports medicine tapes.
Thickness, AKA caliper or gauge, refers to the distance from one surface of a tape backing, or adhesive, to the other.
1 mil = 1/1000 of an inch
Examples: 1/16 inch = 62.5 mils; 1/32 inch = 31.25 mils
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